July 24, 2019

Sustainability Spotlight 

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week August 4-10

August 4-10 is National Farmer’s Market Week! Join the Local Food Action Team in celebrating our local farmers at farmers markets throughout our region. On Thursday, August 8th from 5:30-7, celebrate the launch of the State of Local Food report at Green Drinks! The report, commissioned by the team and led by former GU interim executive director, Kristen Gangwer, highlights opportunities for growth in our region's local food system. Learn more about the report and the teams plans for next steps at Green Drinks at Fretboard Brewing Company

Cincinnati 2030 District in Search for New Director 

Cincinnati 2030 District director, Tremaine Phillips, was appointed to the Michigan Public Service Commission by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. As one of three commissioners, Tremaine will be tasked with ensuring residents in the state of Michigan have access to safe and reliable energy and telecommunications services. While we’re sad to see him go, we’re excited for the opportunity that lays ahead of him and thankful for the strong foundation he's laid. We are also seeking a dynamic and detail-oriented leader to serve as director of the 2030 District. Learn more about this exciting opportunity and apply by August 5.

    Pledge to 'Do Your Share for Cleaner Air' with the Year of Living Sustainably

    On the heels of a massive heatwave, it’s important to understand the connection between high temperatures and air quality. The combination of heat, sunlight and air pollution creates smog, a driving factor behind high rates of respiratory illnesses in urban communities. We can take simple steps to improve air quality in our region by working remotely, carpooling or taking public transportation to work and delaying lawn mowing until after dusk. Commit to doing your part with this month’s Year of Living Sustainably pledge.

    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.

    Waste Reduction Action Team Hosts Green Bites 

    On Wednesday, July 17, nearly 50 people came out for the first ever Green Bites, the family-friendly alternative to our monthly Green Drinks happy hour. Hosted by the Waste Reduction Action Team, attendees nibbled on "sno-cohens" courtesy of Cohen Recycling and a variety of dishes prepared by Michael Morris of Plant Cincinnati with produce donated by LaSoupe. The event highlighted the team’s work to eliminate food waste in our region. Special thanks to all who attended and to Plant Cincinnati, LaSoupe, Cohen and Civil Engineering Consultants for all their help.

    Attend an Action Team Meeting

    August 1 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

    August 1 @ 11:00 am Local Food

    August 2 @ 9:30 am Watershed

    August 14 @ 8:30 pm  Energy

    August 15 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

    August 9 @ 9:00 am Tri-State Trails Quarterly Meeting

    August 16 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

    August 20 @ 1:00 am Greenspace

    Sustainability in the Headlines

    Green Umbrella Helps Secure the City's Future in Urban Agriculture, Soapbox Media
    Top Locations for Sustainable Development (Cincinnati is #2), Site Selections Magazine
    Gov. Whitmer Appoints Tremaine Phillips to Michigan Public Service Commission, CBS Detroit
    The Drive to Increase Carpooling in Cincinnati, WVXU
    Transit Advocates Have a Plan for Better Bus Funding, Need to Convince County Voters, WCPO
    Cincinnati Parks Hit the Top 10 List, Spectrum News
    Cincinnati's Newest Bike Trail to Open, Cincinnati Business Courier
    Nonprofit Blazing New Trails Along Whitewater Corridor, Batesville Herald Tribune
    More Electric Vehicles Coming To Cincinnati's Fleet, WVXU
    Is Cincinnati Ready to Support Growing Number of Electric Cars?, WCPO
    Ohio Gov. Dewine Signs Bill to Bail out Nuclear Plants, Slash Renewables, Cincinnati Enquirer
    In Conservative Indiana, Utility Chooses Renewables over Gas as It Retires Coal Early, Forbes
    Mapping the Petrochemical Build-Out Along the Ohio River, Fractracker Alliance
    Kroger Calls on EPA Head to Regulate Industry Food Waste, WVXU

    Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

    July 25: 

    FAStops Public Meeting Series 5:30-7:30 pm, Cincinnati Metro

    Young Professional Walk & Talk 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

    Project Learning Tree Professional Development Workshop 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Campbell County Conservation District

    July 26: Family Fun Fridays-Trail Fun 10:00-11:00 am, Butler County Metro Parks 

    July 27:
    Adventure Outpost Kayaking River Trip
    10:00 am-3:00 pm, Great Parks

    Queen City Adventure Running Series 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Orienteering Cincinnati
    July 27-August 4:
    Uptown Waste Diversion 10:00 am-6:00 pm, UC Sustainability and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    July 28: Lower Mill Creek Clean Up 1:30-6:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

    July 31: Composting 101 Webinar 7:00-8:00 pm, Hamilton County Recycling

    August 2: 
    Healthy Buildings Series: Nourishment 4:00-5:00 pm, emersion Design

    Leave No Trace: Winton Lake Clean-up 6:00-8:30 pm, Great Parks

    August 3: 
    Paddlefest 2019 6:00 am-4 pm, Adventure Crew

    Saturndays 9:00-11:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

    August 4: Sit Spot Group 9:00-10:00 am, Imago

    August 6: Sawyer Point Summer Concert Series 6:00-10:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

    August 7: Environmental Education for Everyone Course 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center
    August 10: Gourmet Grub 4 Good 6:00-8:00 pm, Community Shares

    Professional Opportunities 

    The Civic Garden Center will offer its Master Composter Training on Thursdays from 9 am-3:30 pm August 1-22. Spaces are limited and interested participants must submit proof of basic composting knowledge via a pre-test before they are considered for enrollment. For pretest, email Kylie Johnson at kjohnson@civicgardencenter.org. Register here.

    Horizon Community Fund is seeking proposals for their 2019 NKY Funders GrantThe program convenes foundations and funders around mini-grant competitions for nonprofits that serve Northern Kentucky. Applications are due July 31. 

    The Metropolitan Sewer District is currently accepting applications for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) training. The 8-week course will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from August 5 - September 18 at the Civic Garden Center. Email ngicpcincinnati@civicgardencenter.org to apply. Scholarships available. 

    Work with our Members                         View our full Green Jobs board.

    Cincinnati 2030 District Director - Green Umbrella
    Cincinnati 2030 Building Data Analyst - Green Umbrella
    Events Intern - Green Umbrella

    Community Educator - Imago Earth

    Water Quality Internship - OKI Regional Council of Governments

    Solid Waste Intern - Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District

    Project Manager - OMID
    Project Coordinator
    - Produce Perks Midwest

    Part-Time Raptor Feeder - RAPTOR Inc. 

    Executive Director - Churches Active in Northside

    Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

    Uptown Waste Diversion (7/27-8/4) - UC Sustainability & Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    Lower Mill Creek Clean-Up (7/28) - Mill Creek Alliance
    Monthly Volunteer Day & Farm Tour (7/27)
    - Our Harvest Cooperative

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