August 21, 2019

Sustainability Spotlight

Be Part of the Solution at the 2019 Food Waste Forum on September 11

While 3 in 10 people in Cincinnati don't know the source of their next meal, 60 million pounds of food is wasted each year in Hamilton County. Join stakeholders from across the food system at the 2019 Food Waste Forum on September 11 at Memorial Hall. Together we will identify progress made and opportunities to further reduce wasted food in the Greater Cincinnati region. Early bird registration ends 8/25.

Free Foodie Fest Comes to Washington Park, Focused on Reducing Wasted Food

Join Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District and La Soupe on September 8 at For the Love of Food, a family-friendly celebration at Washington Park centered around the idea that food is a valuable resource that should not be wasted. The zero waste event will run from 11:30 am-2:30 pm and will include free food, water, music, games, educational booths, cooking demonstrations and giveaways!

Get a Free Tree from Cincinnati Parks

Secure a free tree from Cincinnati Parks and help the city reach its goal of a 40% tree canopy in its residential neighborhoods. The ReLeaf program has distributed nearly 20,000 trees over the past two decades and is now part of the Taking Root reforestation campaign, founded by Green Umbrella, the Cincinnati Zoo, OKI and the Green Partnership of Greater Cincinnati.

Not a city resident? Take advantage of the Native Tree & Shrub Sale offered by Great Parks of Hamilton County.

Dayton Green Expo & SES Awards

Heapy Engineering will host the 2019 Dayton Green Expo on September 17, with a full day of sessions on high performance design, regenerative farming, community-wide sustainable development and building resiliency in the community, corporate and built environments.

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.

Enjoy 100+ Free Events at
Great Outdoor Weekend, September 28-29

Celebrate the great outdoors with over 100 free, family-friendly events throughout the region at the 16th annual Great Outdoor Weekend - the nation's largest outdoor recreation and nature education sampler!

Want to help us continue to improve each year? Sign up as a volunteer ambassador to collect feedback at select events.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

September 5 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

September 5 @ 11:00 am Local Food

September 6 @ 9:30 am Watershed

September 11 @ 8:30 pm Energy
September 17 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace
September 19 @ 1:30 pm Transportation
September 20 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction
October 25 @ 2:00 pm Tri-State Trails Annual Meeting & Fundraiser 

Sustainability in the Headlines

Is a Plan to Fix Metro Finally Getting Ready to Roll Forward, CityBeat
Small Riverside Bike Trail Could Be Start of Something Big for Cincinnati's West Side, WCPO
Some Northern Cities Could Be Reborn as 'Climate Havens', Forbes
Seven Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Bees on National Honeybee Day, CNN
Have You Ever Eaten a Pawpaw? It's Ohio's Native Fruit and It's Almost in Season, Fox 19
Ditching the Car in Favor of Walking, Biking & Public Transit Can Help Your Health, Local 12
Ohio Ranks Among Top 10 in Nation for Green Homes, Cincinnati Business Courier
Rumpke Goes Door-To-Door Fixing Recycling Mistakes, WVXU
Kroger Reduced Food Waste Footprint in Supermarkets by 9% Last Year, PR Newswire
Climate Change May Be the Single Biggest Business Opportunity in Human History, Forbes
Why Every Business Should Have a 'Zero Waste' Goal, Waste Dive
Dayton Hopes to Reuse Closed Landfill with Solar Energy, Urban Agriculture, Energy Central

Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

August 23: Early Fall Migrant Shorebirds & Waders 6:00-8:00 pm, Oxbow

August 24:
9:00 am-12:00 pm, Civic Garden Center / Cincinnati Parks
Queen City Adventure Running Series 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Orienteering Cincinnati
Butterflies 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Fernald Preserve
Nature & History Walk 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Friends of Little Miami State Park
Invasive Plant Workshop 1:00-4:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor
August 25: Seed Harvesting Workshop 2:00 pm, Village Green Foundation
August 27: Green Construction Tour & Happy Hour 4:00-7:00 pm, USGBC Ohio
August 29:
Plant Trials Day Symposium
 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Healthy Farm-Fresh Family Snacking 6:00-8:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm
Seed Saving & Sharing 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center
Hillside Slippage & Our Community 6:00-7:00 pm, Campbell County Conservation
Understanding Climate Change 6:00-8:00 pm, University of Cincinnati
August 30: Sawyer Point Summer Concert Series 6:00-10:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks
August 31: End of Summer Birding Walk 8:00-10:00 am, Cincinnati Nature Center
September 2: Amazing Race! 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County
September 3: Dig in the Dirt 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum
September 4: Wilderness Medicine Workshop: Blisters & Cuts 6:30 pm, REI
September 5: Nuts About Nuts 6:00-8:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm
September 6: Healthy Buildings: Biophilia 4:00-5:00 pm, emersion DESIGN
September 7: Nocturnal Adventures 8:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Professional Opportunities 

Greater Cincinnati Water Works is launching the Citizens Water Academy to educate citizens on their operations and create a network of influencers who can serve as community outreach ambassadors. The 5 session program will run in October; applications due August 30.

The Campbell County Conservation District invites cities and non-profit organizations in Campbell County to apply for a Tree Planting and Urban Forestry Enhancement Grant of up to $3000 to establish programs or projects that protect and conserve natural resources and enhance publicly owned or controlled land. Applications due August 30.

Organic Valley will offer Farmers Advocating for Organic Grants of $5,000-50,000 to non-profit organizations and academic institutions for research, education and advocacy projects that protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers. Applications due September 1.

The Cincinnati Zoo will host a Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group Meeting on September 9, focused on 'green contracting' for habitat restoration across the utility and transportation sectors. The event precedes the 2019 Trees & Utilities Conference on September 10-12, which offers the latest in urban arboriculture research and best practices.

The Cincinnati Nature Center will offer an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Program through The Ohio State University Extension with 45 hours of instruction and 40 hours of community service. Program runs September 11 through October 23.

America Walks and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission will host the National Walking Summit on September 24 in Columbus, Ohio. Learn about successful place-based strategies that create safer walking environments.

Work with our Members                         View our full Green Jobs board.

Park Maintenance Technician and Natural Resources Technician - MetroParks of Butler County 

Outdoor Education Internship - Imago
Volunteer Resources Coordinator - Great Parks of Hamilton County
Youth Garden Educator
- Granny's Garden School

Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

Social Media Content Creator - Produce Perks Midwest

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