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Sustainability Spotlight: 

Green Umbrella Distributes $20,000 from the Duke Class Benefit Fund

This summer Green Umbrella was able to make a $20,000 investment in energy efficient refrigeration for the local food system thanks to a grant from the Duke Class Benefit Fund. Recipients included the Incubator Kitchen Collective, Churches Active in Northside (CAIN) and Running Creek Farm. Each recipient represents a different part of the local food system:

  • Running Creek Farm is a small family farm in Mt. Healthy selling produce direct to consumers at farmers markets. 
  • CAIN is a choice food pantry that has its own gardens, and distributes locally grown produce thanks to generous donations from Our Harvest Co-op, Happen, Inc and vendors at the Northside Farmers Market.
  • Incubator Kitchen Collective provides refrigeration and commercial kitchen space to over 40 food entrepreneurs and two local food hubs. 

'Green Justice' Webinar Tackles Climate Justice and Affordable Housing

Join the City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability (OES), the University of Cincinnati, Groundwork Ohio River Valley and Green Umbrella for Green Justice: Addressing Climate Impacts and Affordable Housing on Thursday, September 17 at 12:30 pm.

The webinar will highlight Dr. Amanda Webb's and David Moore's report, "Understanding Cincinnati's multifamily housing stock: An analysis to improve access to energy efficiency for low-income households" as well as the work of OES, Groundwork and Green Umbrella to address the climate resiliency of Cincinnati's affordable housing stock and climate vulnerable neighborhoods. Be sure to register by September 15 to reserve your spot! 

Ohio Environmental Council Seeks Testimonials on HB6 Impacts

Ohio legislators are back in session and new House Speaker Bob Cupp has announced a new committee on energy. A diverse coalition, including various environmental groups, is calling for a full repeal immediately. There are concerns the Ohio House wants to delay the effective date until after the election, which may allow certain provisions of the original bill to take effect and negatively impact ratepayers. Additionally, legislators still seem interested in some form of bailout for nuclear power plants to protect workers and the local economy. They need to hear

from others who are impacted to show that by focusing on the nuclear industry, other energy jobs, geographic areas and local economies are left out.

The Ohio Environmental Council wants to hear from concerned residents, businesses, chambers, economic development directors, schools, local governments and others who have been impacted by House Bill 6. They will help amplify your stories via social media, outreach to reporters, and with assistance crafting letters to the editor. Here's the process:

  • Reach out to Sarah Spence at OEC and Julie Theado at Krile Communications.
  • Have a 15-30 minute conversation with OEC's communications partner.
  • The team will create a testimonial social media post with your quote and headshot or logo (you will have final review and approval before anything is posted).
  • The team can also draft a letter to the editor and assist you in submitting it to your local newspaper.
  • Want to advocate on your own? Check out the advocacy toolkit they've compiled.

Great Outdoor Week Offers Free Activities Across Greater Cincinnati

Mark your calendar for this year’s Great Outdoor Week from September 19-27! This year, Green Umbrella’s annual outdoor events sampler has been extended from two days to nine days so you can safely visit our region’s best trails, parks, and greenspaces and avoid the crowds.

What better way to get excited and celebrate Great Outdoor Week then to go out and explore some new trails that have been built recently! Learn more in Tri-State Trails' latest blog post.

Greenspace Gem: Bowles Woods

Bowles Woods is protected by Great Parks of Hamilton County and located in Miami Whitewater Forest, the largest park in the county. This ridge and slope forest contains old-growth trees, sinkholes, and Ordovician limestone outcrops. Beeches are confined to the east-facing slopes, while oaks and hickories are more prominent on the drier west-facing slopes exposed to the prevailing wind and hotter afternoon sun. The sinkholes formed when stormwater, dissolving away limestone, caused ceilings of underground chambers to collapse.

Greenspace Gems recognizes and celebrates natural areas in the Green Umbrella region with outstanding scenic value, biological diversity, scientific importance or historic interest. By telling the stories of these protected places, we hope to grow public support for greenspace conservation and the organizations who are leading this work in our region.

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Sustainability in the Headlines

Connect with our Members!                          View our full events calendar. 

September 1-12: Madisonville Virtual 5K MCURC

September 3: Call to Action: Briefing on HB6 2:30 pm & 7:00 pm, Ohio Citizen Action

September 4:
Existing Building RetroCommissioning 12:15-1:30 pm, USGBC Ohio

Evanston Bike Repair Station Ribbon Cutting 4:00-5:00 pm, Tri-State Trails

September 6: Yellow Springs Garden Tour 1:00-4:00 pm, Community Solutions

September 9: 

Food Policy Council Full Meeting 2:30-4:30 pm, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

Urban Design Salon: Encouraging Equity in Practice 5:30-7:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

September 10: 

Value of AIA Membership: Shaping Your Career 12:00-1:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

Pawpaw Cultivation 5:00-6:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum

SAID Works! 2020 Virtual Preview 5:00-6:30 pm, AIA Cincinnati

September 12: 

Green Home Tour 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, USGBC

Cincinnati Jazz & BBQ Festival 4:00-9:00 pm, MCURC

September 15: Value of AIA Membership: Advocacy 11:00 am-12:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

September 16:

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

Affordable Housing Meets Sustainability 1:00-2:00 pm, USGBC

September 17:

Building Education Series 2020 - Lighting A to Z 8:00-10:00 am, USGBC Ohio

Sustainable Suds Initiative 1:00-2:00 pm, USGBC Ohio

September 18: SAID Works! 2020 Portfolio Review 9:30 am-1:30 pm, AIA Cincinnati

September 19:

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

Farm to School Educators Workshop 9:30 am-4:00 pm Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

Virtual Mending Workshop 1:00-3:00 pm, Community Solutions

Music in Your Woods (virtual event) 5:00-11:00 pm, Imago

September 19-27: Great Outdoor Week! presented by Green Umbrella

Professional Opportunities 

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.

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.

Ohio Environmental Council is hosting the Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, September 24-25, on the intersection of democracy and environmental justice.

Gaia Education is offering a 10-month Design for Sustainability online course beginning October 12, to support the redesign of the human presence on Earth, one local community and bioregion at a time.

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is hosting the 2020 Summit on Sustainability, October 15-16, focusing on the willingness and perseverance to put sustainable solutions into action in our everyday lives.

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. Applications due November 15.

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

Environment Education Manager - Greenacres Foundation

Municipal Ground Worker - City of Covington

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

Solid Waste Services Recycling TechnicianSeasonal Solid Waste Recycling Technician - Boone County Solid Waste

Golf Maintenance Technician, Woodland Mound- Park Maintenance, Vineyard Golf Course-Multiple Positions, Part Time Park Ranger, Winton Woods Park-Multiple Postions, General Interest Application, Guest Experiences III Glenwood Gardens Great Parks of Hamilton County

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