September 18, 2019

Sustainability Spotlight

Get Outside for Fun & Stewardship During Great Outdoor Weekend!

Join over 10,000 outdoor enthusiasts for free, fun, family-friendly activities next weekend during the 16th annual Great Outdoor Weekend, September 28-29! Explore the tri-state while choosing from nearly 100 activities, like hiking and butterfly banding. All events are made possible by our generous sponsors, the Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society, CET, METRO, Cincinnati Family Magazine and several others. 

Need another reason to get outside during Great Outdoor Weekend? National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort, is Saturday, September 28. Intended to celebrate the connection between people and greenspace, National Public Lands Day encourages us to be good stewards of our natural resources. 

Run the Riffles with Mill Creek Alliance!

Celebrate the Mill Creek while supporting the Mill Creek Alliance at Run the Riffles on September 28. Join the competitive Mill Creek Mile Fun Run on the Mill Creek Greenway Trail or the Mill Creek Mile Fun Paddle, a kayak race between two former low-head dams surrounding Salway Park. In addition to an afternoon urban hike and stream adventure, the event includes a full day festival with local food trucks, beer from local breweries and a keynote. End the day with a “Space Walk” on the Mill Creek Greenway Trail, part of Great Outdoor Weekend

Cincinnati Joins the Global Climate Strike 

Millions of people across the globe will walk out of school and work as part of the Global Climate Strike, September 20-27. The strike comes ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23. In Cincinnati, a Climate Strike rally is slated for noon on Friday, September 20 at City Hall. The rally kicks off Ohio's “Week for Future,” coordinated by the Ohio Climate Strike and the Young Activists Coalition.  Can’t join the strike in person? You can still get involved.

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.

Find Your Adventure at Tri-State Trails' Annual Meeting 

Celebrate a year of growth and achievement at Tri-State Trails' Annual Meeting and Fundraiser on Friday, October 25 from 2:00-5:00 PM at Devou Park. Sponsored by the Devou Good Project, the day will feature a choose-your-own adventure with options for a guided hike, a paved trail ride or a mountain bike ride for the more adventurous. After hitting the trails, join the Tri-State Trails team to learn about exciting new opportunities.  

Attend an Action Team Meeting

September 19 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

September 20 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

October 3 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

October 3 @ 11:00 am Local Food

October 4 @ 9:30 am Watershed

October 9 @ 8:30 pm Energy

October 15 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

October 25 @ 2:00 pm Tri-State Trails Annual Meeting & Fundraiser 

Sustainability in the Headlines

Local Spotlight: Green Umbrella, Cincinnati Parent

Construction on Coming Northside Transit Center to Begin Next Month, CityBeat

The Effort to Create Cincinnati as a Sustainable District, WVXU
Butler County Looking to Fill Final Gaps in 80-Mile-Plus Bike Trail, Journal-News
Local School Becomes Only Net Zero School Building in Midwest, WLWT 5
UC Releases New Climate Action Plan Outlining Future Sustainability Efforts, UC News Record
It's Now Cheaper to Build New Renewables Than Natural Gas Plants, Fast Company
EPA Makes Rollback of Clean Water Rules Official, Repealing 2015 Protections, NPR
Greening Without Gentrification: How to Build a New Park So Its Neighbors Benefit, CityLab
There's a Blueprint to Halve the Food Waste Fiasco, Civil Eats
The World Wastes Tons of Food, a Grocer 'Happy Hour' Is One Answer, NY Times

Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

September 19:

Living Building Challenge Panel Discussion 5:30 pm, UC Sustainability

Nature Night: Bonfire Bash 6:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

September 21: 

Upper Mill Creek Clean Up 8:00 am-2:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

Habitat Restoration 9:30 am-12:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

Green Homes Tour 10:00 am-12:00 pm, USGBC Ohio

Monarch Festival 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Luminary Night Hike 6:30-8:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

20th Anniversary Celebration 6:30-10:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum

September 22:

Great Ohio River Swim 8:00-9:00 am, Adventure Crew

Beaver Ramble 8:30-10:30 am, Fernald Preserve

Companion Gardening 2:00 pm, Village Green Foundation

September 24:

2019 Ultimate Educator Expo 2:30-6:30 pm, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

6th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show 4:00-5:00 pm, UC Sustainability

All About Saturn 8:00-10:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

September 25: HUB Gardens: Healthy Nutritious Cooking, Civic Garden Center

September 27: Spider Night Hike 7:30-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

September 28:
Native Plant Sale
9:00 am-1:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Sweet Potato Wine Making 6:00-8:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm 

September 28 & 29: Great Outdoor Weekend, Green Umbrella
October 1: WASTED and the City 6:00-10:00 pm, La Soupe
October 3: 
Nutty Landscapes 1:00-2:30 pm, Boone County Arboretum
Climate Change and Cincinnati Life 6:00-8:00pm
, University of Cincinnati 
October 5: Recycling One Stop Drop 1:00-4:00 pm, Loveland Sustainability Council
October 5-6: Sunflower Festival 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm 

Professional Opportunities 

Pachamama Alliance of Cincinnati Area (PACA) will host a five part Drawdown Solutions series beginning September 24, engaging participants on local solutions to the climate crisis.

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.

PEDCO and emersion DESIGN will host the High Performance Building Seminar on October 3, with a full day of educational sessions on the advantages of high performance buildings and the business case for sustainability.

The Ben & Jerry's Foundation is offering grants of up to $25,000 to to community-based groups working to advance environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. Deadline is October 16.

Work with our Members                         View our full Green Jobs board.

Documentation Specialist - Green Building Consulting

Outdoor Education Internship - Imago
Youth Garden Educator
- Granny's Garden School

Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

Cincinnati Coffee Festival - Ohio River Foundation

Great Outdoor Weekend Ambassadors - Green Umbrella

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