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Sustainability Spotlight: 

Kroger, Flywheel, Cintrifuse & HCDC Launch SustainableCincy Accelerator

We face numerous challenges on the path to becoming a sustainable, resilient and equitable community - and solving these challenges will require significant innovation. Are you working on sustainable solutions to address hunger, water use and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, responsible consumption and production, and preserve of life below water and on land?

Through it's Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation, Kroger is partnering with Flywheel, Cintrifuse and HCDC to launch SustainableCincy, a six-week, virtual pre-accelerator 

program for startups with innovative ideas to improve sustainability in the region. The program is designed to help you develop a viable business model, a path to scale, and funding strategies. Up to 8 startups will be selected for the first cohort this fall. Applications are open now through August 14.

Help Develop an Active Transportation Policy Platform for Tri-State Trails

Join Tri-State Trails Quarterly Meeting on July 31 to learn about how COVID-19 has impacted trails locally and help us develop an Active Transportation Policy Platform for the upcoming local elections. 

This platform will guide our advocacy efforts over the next two years and we want your input! Come prepared to chat in virtual breakout rooms.

Food Policy Council & Partners Awarded 100k Grant to Advance Equity

The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council and the Health Collaborative have been selected as grantees for the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, a program funded by the Aetna Foundation, in partnership with the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties. The $100,000 grant will serve in developing a coordinated system to improve food access, affordability and education in the region by convening food access advocates, nutrition educators, healthcare partners and community voices.

The team that will lead the initiative includes Gen-H, a program of the Health Collaborative; Produce Perks Midwest; Freestore Foodbank; and Ohio State University's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Learn more in our press release.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week, August 2-8

Despite challenges never experienced before, the farmers market community has showcased resilience in our rapidly changing world. Farmers markets have always been a hub for innovation, and we have been at the forefront of adapting rapid solutions to protect staff, customers, and our community in this time of crisis. 

Farmers Markets are essential businesses that increase access to nutritious food, support healthy communities, promote sustainability, stimulate local economies and preserve farmland.

National Farmers Week is an opportunity to showcase the value of farmers markets in our communities.

2020 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit is Two Weeks Away!

Our 3-day, virtual conference kicks off with an evening keynote by Majora Carter, followed by 21 sessions with over 50 speakers, spread across two afternoons. Check out our full program and register today! We are now offering "keynote only" ($25) and "economic inclusion" (pay-what-you-can) options to make the event as accessible as possible.

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Sustainability in the Headlines

Connect with our Members!                          View our full events calendar. 

July 23: Clean Energy in the Age of Coronavirus 12:15-1:15 pm, Green Energy Ohio

July 25: 2020 BioBlitz Kickoff 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

July 27:

Free Food Box Distribution 1:00-4:00 pm, Xavier University & Freestore Foodbank

The Marvelous Moon 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

July 28: 

Indianapolis Public Library LEED Tour 1:00-2:00 pm, USGBC

Food Preservation: Making Salsa 4:00-5:00 pm, OSU Extension-Clermont County

Let's Talk Law Enforcement Candidate Q&A 7:00-9:00 pm, League of Women Voters

July 29: Get Your Pressure Canner Ready 10:00 am-1:00 pm, OSU Extension-Clermont County

July 30:

The Science of Juggling 10:00 am, Kenton County Parks & Recreation

EP Career Campfire 4:00-5:15 pm, USGBC

July 31: Tri-State Trails Quaterly Meeting 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Tri-State Trails

August 5: Saturn: Lord of the Rings 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

August 5-7: 2020 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit Green Umbrella

August 7: Green Code for High-Performance Healthcare 12:15-1:30 pm, USGBC

August 8: Pond Maintenance and Algae Control Work 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District

Professional Opportunities 

Organic Valley is offering Farmers Advocating for Organic grants of $5k to $50k in support of research, education, and advocacy projects designed to protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers. Letter of intent due August 1st.

Davey Resource Group is co-sponsoring the 2020 Salt Symposium August 4-5, which will focus on the environmental impact of road salt pollution, best management practices and alternatives.

Ohio Development Services Agency is offering low interest loans of $250k to $2.5M to help small businesses, manufacturers, nonprofits and local governments implement energy efficiency improvements through the Energy Loan Fund. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Greater Cincinnati Foundation is offering Learning Links + COVID-19 Classroom Relief grants of up to $1000 for K-12 projects, events, classroom and after-school programming, and service learning projects to address learning loss due to COVID. Proposals due August 7.

Action Tank is offering a City Council School Program for engaged residents who are interested in running for Cincinnati City Council and/or want a deeper understanding of the City’s government systems and practices to successfully champion new policy. Info session August 13, applications due August 21.

Equasion is hosting the Cincinnati Festival of Faiths on August 23-30, with virtual activities for the entire family that promote interfaith understanding, unity and collaborative social action. This year's theme is “Compassion Through Action: 20/20 Vision for Hope, Healing and Justice.”

Campbell County Conservation District invites cities and non-profit community organizations in Campbell County to apply for the Campbell County Conservation Grant for Tree Planting and Urban Forestry EnhancementApplications due August 28.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation's Fellowship program will provide three individuals with up to $150,000 over 18 months to turn an inspired idea that advances social justice around climate change and inequality into a reality. Applications due September 1st.

Community Solutions is co-sponsoring Black Farming: Beyond 40 Acres and a Mule, a free two-day conference (in-person and virtual access) on September 11-12 focused on the influence of Black farmers in Ohio, preparing the next generation of underrepresented farmers, and cultivating cooperative business models.

GreenBiz is offering Leading the Sustainability Transformation, a 10-week certificate program designed to give you the competence, confidence and credibility needed to drive innovation for truly sustainable - and profitable - business decisions. Registration closes September 7.

Collective Impact Forum is hosting 2020 Champions for Change, a 3 day online workshop on September 15-17 focusing on the role of backbone organizations in leading collective impact initiatives.

Volunteer with our Members

BioBlitz Citizen Science Plant Identification - Mill Creek Alliance

Garden Volunteer Workdays - Civic Garden Center

Speak Truth to Power Video Project - Ohio Citizen Action

Glean and Share Volunteers - Society of St Andrew & Vitality Cincinnati

Work with our Members

Parks and Recreation Manager - City of Covington

Energy Auditor/Salesperson, Insulation Technician - Sustainergy

Director of Finance - Cincinnati Nature Center

PT Solid Waste Services Recycling Technician, Seasonal Solid Waste Services Recycling Technician - Boone County Solid Waste

PT Riding Instructor, Site Construction Manager, Golf Clubhouse Coordinator, Guest Experiences - Various Locations, Park Maintenance - Various Locations, Multiple Seasonal Positions Great Parks of Hamilton County

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