July 10, 2019

Sustainability Spotlight 

Cincinnati Passes Urban Agriculture Zoning, Allows Community Composting

After more than two years of work, led by Green Umbrella's Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, Cincinnati City Council unanimously passed a new Urban Agriculture zoning ordinance, making it easier to grow food throughout the city. View our FAQ to learn about the changes. Special thanks to David Mann and Kevin Flynn for championing this effort, to the dedicated staff of the various city departments who collaborated to make this new zoning code clear and comprehensive and for all the input provided by our community partners in the farming and gardening community.

Among the changes, the city has removed a restriction that prohibited community-scale composting. If you are interested in composting we highly encourage you to enroll in the Civic Garden Center's upcoming Master Composter Series, an intensive training on soil science and composting methods that will expose participants to the vast wealth of composting resources in our area.  

Beck & Cage the Elephant to Donate Proceeds to Green Umbrella

We are thrilled to announce that Green Umbrella's Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council has been selected as a PLUS1 recipient for the upcoming Beck, Cage The Elephant and Spoon Night Running concert on August 2.

$1 from every ticket sold on the tour will go to local organizations working to solve the problem of food insecurity in communities across the nation. Thank you to PLUS1 and the bands for their generous support! Hope to see you at the concert.

    Enhance Your Yard with Great Parks' Native Tree & Shrub Sale

    Native plants are already adapted to our Midwest weather and provide a rich habitat for local wildlife. Great Parks of Hamilton County is offering a variety of edible and ornamental native trees and shrubs, now through September 14. Low-cost soil testing kits are also available through a partnership with Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

    Join us July 17 for Green Bites - a Family-Friendly Green Drinks

    In lieu of our monthly Green Drinks networking event, Green Umbrella's Waste Reduction Action Team will host Green Bites, a family-friendly, zero waste barbecue featuring veggies, games and more. Join us on July 17 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at Green Umbrella's office!

    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.

    Greenspace Gem: Hueston Woods Nature Preserve

    Preserved by Matthew Hueston in 1797, the Hueston Woods Nature Preserve is an old-growth forest comprised of beech and sugar maple trees. The 200-acre preserve is host to many wildflowers including dutchman's breeches, squirrel corn, large-flowered and sessile trilliums, may-apple, bloodroot and several species of violets and buttercups.

    Take a trip out to Hueston Woods State Park and attend a nature program to learn about the local wildlife, hiking, fishing and more!

    Attend an Action Team Meeting

    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

    August 14 @ 8:30 am Energy

    Sustainability in the Headlines

    Cincinnati 2030: Innovative Solutions to Climate Change, Soapbox Cincinnati

    Bicyclists Hope to Set up Lanes on Newport Streets, Encourage More to Ride, WCPO

    Cincinnati Ranks No. 7 Best City in America for Recreation, Soapbox Cincinnati

    City Launches Website for Residents to Provide Feedback on Pedestrian Safety, WCPO

    Alumni Spotlight: Green Umbrella's Rashida Manuel, University of Cincinnati

    Pollinator Cities: More Habitat in Urban Green Space Could Save Monarchs, CityLab

    Local Governments Convene for LEED for Cities and Communities Training, USGBC

    Ohio Senate to Consider Bill Establishing Fund to Protect State’s Water, The Center Square

    UIC Launches Guide for Communities Facing Pollution, Health Risks, WTTW

    Opinion: We Should Pay Farmers to Fight Climate Change, NY Times

    Illustrated Story: Humans Have Made 8.3bn Tons of Plastic Since 1950, The Guardian

    Redefining Smart Buildings for the Human Experience, Urban Land Institute

    Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

    July 11: 

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

    Transportation Town Hall Meeting 6:30 pm, Better Bus Coalition

    July 12:

    Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo 9:30 am-3:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Full Moon Canoe 8:30-11:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

    July 13:

    Native Plant Sale 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

    Queen City Adventure Running Series 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Orienteering Cincinnati

    July 14:

    Botanical Walk 9:00-10:00 am, Oxbow, INC.

    Wild Hares! 1:00-3:00 pm, Fernald Preserve

    July 15:

    Backpacking Zaleski State Forest 6:30-8:00 pm, REI

    July 16:

    Electric Vehicle Workshop + Ride & Drive 9:30 am-12:30 pm, OKI Regional Council

    Cheers to Water Brewery Talk 7:00-8:00pm, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    July 17: Astro Topics: Moon Landing 8:00-10:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

    July 19: Botany & Botanicals: Limoncello 6:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

    July 20:

    Backroads Farm Tour All Day, Campbell County Conservation District

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

    July 23: Bear Bags and Backcountry Food Storage Workshop 4:00-6:00 pm, REI 

    July 24:

    Wetland Explorers 4:00-5:00 pm, Campbell County Conservation District

    Environmental Education for Everyone Class 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

    Professional Opportunities 

    The Outdoor Foundation is now accepting applications for the BOGSº Impact Fund. Outdoor education programs that provide lower income youth with opportunities to get outside to learn, play and grow should submit proposals by July 22. 

    The Funders' Network is seeking proposals for their Partners for Places Grant until July 30. This grant matching program creates opportunities for cities and counties to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations.

    The EPA is accepting applications for Small Business Innovation Research Grants. With a mission to protect human health and the environment, this program is a source of early-stage capital for innovative small companies in the green tech arena. Applications will be accepted through July 31.

    Work with our Members                         View our full Green Jobs board.

    Communications & Programs Intern - Green Umbrella

    Part-Time Raptor Feeder - RAPTOR Inc. 

    Executive Director - Churches Active in Northside

    Cat Colony Research Associate, Rhino Conservation Post-Doctoral Fellow, and Post-Doctoral Scientist - Cincinnati Zoo

    Community Engagement Outreach Specialist - Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

    Volunteer Orientation - Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Lower Mill Creek Clean-Up - Mill Creek Alliance

    Treeforestation - Civic Garden Center 

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