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Sustainability Spotlight: 

2020 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit Kicks Off Tonight!

A Look at the Serious Growth in Our Local Food System

This month's edition of Cincinnati Magazine is focused on the incredible growth of our local food system and prominently features the work of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council and our partners. Watch this recent segment on Cincy Lifestyle, check out the articles below, and if you're inspired make a donation to support this important work:

Don't forget to support your local farmers this week for National Farmers Market Week! Farmers markets are essential businesses that were quick to adapt to COVID-19. They support healthy communities, fuel local and rural economies, enhance the resilience of our local food system, and support farmland preservation, conservation and education.

Celebrating the Great Outdoors

We hope you are spending time outdoors and getting the much needed respite that nature provides and invite you to mark your calendar for this year's Great Outdoor Weekend, Green Umbrella's annual outdoor events sampler. This year, we're expanding it to encompass a full week, September 19-27. Partner organizations are invited to complete this survey and will host in-person physically-distanced events or provide information and activities for guests to explore in a self-guided way!

Get a head start with these outdoor resources from Green Umbrella, Tri-State Trails and our regional partners:

More reason to celebrate: The Great American Outdoors Act was passed by Congress last week with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed into law by the President yesterday. This sweeping public lands bill will provide $3B per year for national park infrastructure, permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and is expected to generate 100,000 park-related jobs.

Greenspace Gem: Licking River Greenway

This narrow greenspace currently stretches for almost two miles along the west bank of the Licking River. A trail through riparian forest provides views of the Licking, a stream ecologists consider to provide a unique ecosystem in the region. Several relatively rare fish species are present as well as one of the world’s most diverse communities of freshwater mussels. Eleven of the river’s 50+ mussel species are globally endangered or threatened with extinction.

In 2010, Covington became the first city to begin implementing this urban greenspace project. The completed greenway will span 12-14 miles and include land in three additional cities: Newport, Taylor Mill, and Wilder. Learn more about the Licking River Greenway and our region's other Greenspace Gems!

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Sustainability in the Headlines

Connect with our Members!                          View our full events calendar. 

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

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

August 8:

Buckeye Fresh! Days 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Produce Perks Midwest

Invasives Removal at Warden Park 8:00-11:00 am, Audubon Society of Ohio

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

August 11:

2020 Zoom Code Academy 7:30-10:30 am, AIA Cincinnati

Meteor Showers 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

August 12: COVID-19's Impact on Integrative Health & Wellness 7:00-8:00 pm, Lloyd Library & Museum

August 13:

Breakfast of Champions Virtual Celebration 8:00-9:00 am, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Residential Resilience: Greening the MLS 1:00-2:00 pm, USGBC OH

E-VROOM Zoom: Local Dealership Elecrification 2:00-3:00 pm, City of Cincinnati

Composting 101 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

August 17: Life and Death of Stars 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

August 18: Butterflies: Dr. Glenn Crisler II 7:00-8:15 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

August 19:

The Energy Provider's Perspective 12:15-1:15 pm, Green Energy Ohio

Excellence in Building Operations + Maintenance 1:00-2:00 pm, USGBC OH

August 20: 

Beastly Breakfasts 7:00-9:00 am, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

CRANawards Virtual Event 5:00-6:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

Perennials for Pollinator Diversity 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

August 22:

Virtual Fiona Painting 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Gorman Heritage Farm Row by Row TO GO 5:00-7:30 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Professional Opportunities 

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is offering free virtual grant workshops: Introduction to Finding Grants (August 18), Grants Research Lab (August 20), and Introduction to Proposal Writing (August 25).   

Ohio Development Services Agency offers 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.

Action Tank is offering a City Council School Program for engaged residents who want a deeper understanding of Cincinnati’s government systems and practices to successfully champion new policy or run for office. 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.

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 hosting Black Farming: Beyond 40 Acres and a Mule September 11-12, a free conference 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 drive innovation for truly sustainable - and profitable - business decisions. Course begins September 14; 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. Early bird registration ends August 7th.

Gaia Education is offering a 10-month Design for Sustainability online course to support the redesign of the human presence on Earth, one local community and bioregion at a time. Courses begin October 12; early bird registration through August 31.

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 Parks & Recreation (due August 7)

Director of Finance - Cincinnati Nature Center

PT Solid Waste Services Recycling Technician - Boone County Solid Waste

Site Construction ManagerGolf Clubhouse CoordinatorPT Riding Instructor, Guest Experiences - Various Locations, Park Maintenance - Various Locations, Multiple Seasonal Positions Great Parks of Hamilton County

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