June 28, 2019 

Sustainability Spotlight 

Get Active with Transportation Solutions in July

July is shaping up to provide ample opportunities to delve into June's Year of Living 
Sustainably theme of Transportation:

  • The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Walk.Bike.Ohio, its first plan to focus on walking and biking policies and programs around the state. They will host a stakeholder meeting at OKI on July 10 from 2:00-4:00 pm.
  • The Cincinnati 2030 District will launch a 50% Solutions Series of lunch-and-learns, each featuring an identified solution to help achieve the district goals of cutting members' energy, water and transportation footprints in half. Join us on July 11 for the first luncheon, sponsored by Scoop Technologies, to learn how Scoop helps clients cut carbon emissions, reduce congestion and attract workforce talent by creating and managing corporate carpooling programs.
  • The Better Bus Coalition and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Transportation Town Hall Meeting to engage the community in their plan to transform the region's public transportation system and invest in infrastructure. Join them July 11 at Taft's Brewpourium at 6:30 pm.
  • Get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle and hear from experts on EV trends and policy at the Electric Vehicle Workshop and Ride & Drive at OKI on July 16 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm.

Ohio River Recreation Trail and Paddlefest Celebrate the Ohio River

Now that the sun is shining, it's time to get out on the water! Last month a team of outdoor enthusiasts did just that by paddling from Portsmouth to Louisville to promote a potential water trail along the Ohio River. Proposed by a collective of several river communities, the Ohio River Recreational Trail would span the 133 miles between the cities. The paddlers also raised funds for Adventure Crew, an outdoor program for Cincinnati youth. If you would like to get out on the water while supporting Adventure Crew, check out the nation's largest paddling celebration - Paddlefest 2019 - on August 3. 

Thank You for a Great Sustainability Summit!

The Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit had record attendance in 2019! Thank you to the 400+ regional sustainability leaders that came together to network and learn about opportunities in the green economy like emerging transportation solutions, creating healthier buildings, cultivating greener communities and more. Check out photos from the day and contact us if you would like to be involved with next year's summit.

Action Teams

Action Teams bring together people and organizations who share common goals around environmental issue areas. Teams implement strategies to drive progress on our 2020 GoalsGreen Umbrella also has three Initiatives: Tri-State Trails, the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, and the Cincinnati 2030 District.

AT Spotlight: Outdoors

Research has found that being outside for just two hours a week significantly boosts health and wellbeing. The Green Umbrella Outdoor Action Team hopes you take the opportunity to reap these health benefits by spending time outside in nature this 4th of July!

Take a hike with the Western Wildlife Corridor, watch fireworks with a Cincinnati Parks, enjoy a summer concert with Great Parks of Hamilton County or check out our events calendar for more ideas.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

July 10 @ 8:30 am Energy

July 10 @ 2:30 pm Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

July 11 @ 11:00 am Local Food

July 11 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

July 12 @ 9:30 am Watershed

July 16 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

July 18 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

July 19 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

Sustainability in the Headlines

Cincinnati 2030: Innovative Solutions to Climate Change, Soapbox Cincinnati

Monarchs Welcome: Ohio Plants Roadside Habitats For Bees And Butterflies, WOSU

500 New Bike Racks Only the Beginning for Covington Cycling Advocates, WCPO

50 Years Ago, Cuyahoga River Fire Helped Ignite An Environmental Revolution, WBUR

New Plan Reveals UC’s Sustainable Future, UC News

Cincinnati Applies for Grant to Build Bike Path Next to Central Parkway, CityBeat

Local Company Combating Cincinnati’s Food Deserts with ‘Edible Landscapes’, Fox 19

Flooding in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky: Landslides, Road Closed, Cincinnati Enquirer

P&G Shares Plan for Olympic Games Promotion of Sustainability, Cincinnati Business Courier

Sick of Traffic? Get Cities to Invest in Bikes and Mass Transit, Says Report, Curbed

Our Next Moonshot: Saving Earth’s Climate, Bloomberg

Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

June 28:

School Garden Development Training 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Land & Water Conservation Where We Live 7:00-9:00 pm, Cardinal Land Conservancy

Final Friday Fundraiser 6:00-10:00 pm, Community Shares

June 29:

Hiking Club - Moderate Trail 8:00-9:30 am, Cincinnati Parks

ASG Intensive Learning Opportunity 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

June 30:

Little Miami River Fishes & Aquatic Life 10:00 am, Audubon Society of Ohio

Hike for Your Health 2:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

July 2: Water Conservation 6:30-8:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

July 5: Krohn Grown Ups!: Carnivorous Plants 6:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

July 6:

Kayak Basics: River Fundamentals 1:00-4:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Creative Mindfulness in the Garden 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

July 7: Sit Spot Group 9:00-10:00 am, Imago

July 9:

Cincinnati Museum Center at Tower Park 10:00-11:00 am, AJ Jolly Park

Map & Compass Navigation Basics Class 6:00-7:00 pm, REI

Hawks of the Tri-State Area with Jay Stenger 7:30 pm, Oxbow, Inc.

July 10: Monthly Meeting 6:30-7:30 pm, Friends of the Little Miami State Park

July 11: Cocktails for Conservation 6:30-9:30 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

Professional Opportunities 

The Cedar Tree Foundation's is accepting applications for its Children's Environmental Health Initiative until July 12. These grants support campaigns and programs designed to reduce children's exposure to toxic chemicals in products and in their environments. 

Benioff Ocean Initiative is accepting proposals for intercepting plastic waste from rivers. Applicants should specify how their projects will intercept a significant amount of plastic waste in a river before it reaches the ocean and leverage the waste captured to communicate about the problem of plastic waste. Proposals are due July 12. 

The Institute for Sustainable Communities is accepting proposals for the Partnership for Resilient Communities program. Organizations selected will participate in a six-month planning phase, which will prepare them to advocate for and implement equitable climate resilience projects in their communities. Proposals are due July 19.

Work with our Members                         View our full Green Jobs board.

Communications & Programs Intern - Green Umbrella

Part Time Field Educators - Ohio River Foundation

Seasonal Farm Educator - Gorman Heritage Farm

Project Coordinator - Produce Perks

Special Events Coordinator, Park Maintenance Technician, & Financial Services Team Leader - MetroParks of Butler County

Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

Leave No Trace: Winton Woods - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Neighborhood Clean-Up: Evanston - City of Cincinnati 

Mountain Bike Trail Day - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River - Miami Conservancy District

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