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Sustainability Spotlight: 

Green Umbrella to Hire 'Climate Policy Lead' to Work with Local Governments Across the Region

Green Umbrella's team is growing! Thanks to generous support from Kroger Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation and the Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation, we are seeking to hire a Climate Policy Lead to help local governments across our 10-county metro region focus on their contributions to and adaptations for climate change. 

This includes preparing their communities for transformations in transportation, energy and climate, while protecting their most vulnerable populations from the harmful effects of pollution, flooding and heat. Though the Cincinnati region is home to over 185 local governments, only one of those, the City of Cincinnati, currently has a Green Plan.

Please help us spread the word! We are committed to recruiting a diverse candidate pool for this key role in our organization and for the Greater Cincinnati region.

Food Policy Council to Host Free Farm to School Training for Educators

The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council is hosting a free virtual workshop on September 19, aimed at providing development and training to K-12 teachers and educators seeking to integrate agriculture and food education into the school, classroom and extra-curricular activities. Panelists will address in-person and virtual resources and how they are making impacts during the COVID-19 period. Topics will include using school gardens and cooking classes for STEM, social studies and literacy education as well as a variety of ways educators can involve other parts of their school community in supporting farm to school education.

In the past three years, 25 school districts around the Greater Cincinnati region purchased produce from local farms and served it in their cafeterias. “Being able to offer students healthy, local foods is a huge success,” says Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council director Michaela Oldfield, “but we have to couple access with education. Education on how food is grown and tastes is key to getting students to eat and enjoy local produce.”

Tri-State Trails Launches Fundraising Campaign to CROWN Cincinnati

Tri-State Trails is excited to partner with Wasson Way and Ohio River Way to launch a grassroots fundraising campaign to build out two corridors in CROWN, the Cincinnati Riding Or Walking Network.

CROWN is a vision to build a 34-mile urban trail loop around Cincinnati by connecting the Wasson Way, Ohio River Trail, Mill Creek Greenway Trail, and Little Miami Scenic Trail. The funds that we raise will help us leverage city, state, and federal funding to extend Wasson Way west to Uptown and east to the Little Miami Scenic Trail, as well as connect the Ohio River Trail from Lunken Airport to Downtown.

Show your support for CROWN by making a donation today. Every contribution helps, big or small. We need as many unique donors as possible to show that there is widespread support for this transformative project. With your help, we can build the CROWN for the Queen City!

Make an investment in the sustainability and resiliency of our region. 

Donate and become a Green Umbrella member today!

Sustainability in the Headlines

Connect with our Members!                          View our full events calendar. 

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:

2020 Citizens' Climate Southeast/Appalachia Conference 8:15 am-3:35 pm, Citizens' Climate Lobby

August 2020 Urban Stream Adventure 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

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

August 23-30: Festival of Faiths: Compassion through Action XU Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

August 25:

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

Architects in Action 2020: Coffee and Conversations 3:00-4:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

August 26: Ventilated Facade with Porcelain Exterior 12:00-1:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

September 4th: LEED for Existing Buildings 12:15-1:30 pm, USGBC Ohio

Professional Opportunities 

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is offering free virtual grant workshops: Grants Research Lab (August 20) & 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. 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. Free, registration required.

Campbell County Conservation District is offering Tree Planting and Urban Forestry Enhancement grants up to $3,000 to help cities and non-profit community organizations in Campbell County establish conservation programs or projectsApplications due August 28.

Nathan Cummings Foundation 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 through their Fellowship Program. Applications due September 1st.

AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter is hosting a virtual Nonprofit Leadership Summit on September 9, with a hands-on session on the pillars of effective donor relations programs.

Community Solutions is hosting Black Farming: Beyond 40 Acres and a Mule September 11-12, a free online 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, September 15-17, a 3 day online workshop on the role of backbone organizations in leading collective impact initiatives.

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 31st.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources is offering Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants of $50k-500k to state and local government subdivisions for acquisition, development and rehabilitation of recreational areas. Application due date is November 15th.

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

Climate Policy Lead - Green Umbrella

Director of FinanceFacilities Associate, Nature Shop Associate - Cincinnati Nature Center

Seasonal Solid Waste Recycling Technician - Boone County Solid Waste

Golf Maintenance SpecialistGuest Experiences - Various Locations, Park Maintenance - Various Locations Great Parks of Hamilton County

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