September 4, 2019

Sustainability Spotlight

Celebrate Greenspace at Green Drinks & Great Outdoor Weekend

Join us at Little Miami Brewing on Thursday, September 12 for Green Drinks with Green Umbrella, hosted by the Greenspace Action Team. Learn how the team is expanding their focus to include urban greenspace and farmland and celebrate the release of the latest batch of Greenspace Gems

You can explore many of the gems and other natural spaces in our region during Great Outdoor Weekend, September 28-29. Join us on Friday, September 27 at Greenspace Gem, California Woods for the Great Outdoor Weekend Kickoff event, Campfire on the Bluff. Hosted by the Cincinnati Park Board, this is an event you won't want to miss.

This Month, Enjoy Ohio's Native Fruit - the Pawpaw

Did you know that Ohio has an official native fruit? The pawpaw is North America's largest indigenous edible fruit tree. Belonging to the same family as the custard-apple, cherimoya and soursop, the sweet fruit has the texture of a banana with the taste of a mango. Only ripe for a short window in mid-September, here are some opportunities for you to try them:

Cincinnati Nature Center - 9/11, 9/14 & 9/18
Boone County Arboretum - 9/12
Great Parks of Hamilton County - 9/15 & 9/22

Light Up Avondale Project Helps Residents & Businesses Go Green

Through a partnership between the Cincinnati Zoo, Donovan Energy and the Mill Creek Alliance Green Corps, over 70 homes and 26 businesses and nonprofits in Avondale have been upgraded with high-efficiency LED lights, saving participants over $150,000 annually. Over the next ten years, over $2 million in electric savings is estimated.

Help Us Address Food Waste & Food Insecurity at the Food Waste Forum

Join Green Umbrella and partners across the food system on September 11 at Memorial Hall for a day of educational sessions designed to identify opportunities for our region to reduce wasted food. Learn more and register here.

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.

Greenspace Gems: Crooked Run Nature Preserve

A rescued historic farm located in the city of Milford, Valley View Nature Preserve offers 190 acres of streams, floodplain and upland forests, grasslands planted with prairie species, and ephemeral and riparian wetlands. In 2002, a group of concerned citizens raised over $4 million to preserve the site and today volunteers are restoring and preserving the structures, former farmland and its surrounding tracts of woods.

You can explore this Gem at Breakfast in the Woods during Great Outdoor Weekend on Saturday, September 28! Embark on a guided 2-mile hike through field and forest and end with a tasty breakfast and campfire.

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

FirstEnergy Asks Supreme Court to Block Referendum on Nuke Bailout, Columbus Dispatch
Fifth Third is First Big Company to Reach 100% Renewable Power, Cincinnati Business Courier
Every Time You Wash Clothes, Millions of Microfibers Are Released into the Water, WBUR
CNN Announces Details for Climate Crisis Town Hall, CNN
Work Beginning on Covington Riverfront 'Crown Jewel,' with New Trail, Amphitheater, WCPO
Environmental Education Will Shape a New Generation of Decision-Makers, Forbes
How Climate Change Is Hazardous to Ohio Children’s Health, Policy Matters Ohio
Little Miami Scenic Trail Celebrating 40th with Ride, Fest, Xenia Daily Gazette
Visit America’s Newest Adventure Capital, Dayton, Ohio, National Geographic
Ohio Residents Who Complain About Oil and Gas Feel 'Abandoned' by State, WOSU
Carbon Emissions from U.S. Buildings Could Be Cut by Nearly 80%, Anthropocene Magazine
For the Love of Food Event AIMS to Stop Waste While Feeding the Masses, Soapbox Cincinnati
Virgin Plastic Pellets Are the Biggest Pollution Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of, Quartz
Proposed Changes Would Reduce Water Monitoring Samples Taken in Ohio, Local 12

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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:

Photowalking 4:30-6:30 pm, Fernald Preserve

Nocturnal Adventures 8:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

September 8:

Wilderness Medicine: Managing Blisters & Cuts 11:00 am, REI

For the Love of Food 11:30 am-2:30 pm, Hamilton County Recycling

September 9: Rain Barrel Workshop 6:00-7:30 pm, Rhinegeist & Civic Garden Center

September 11:

2019 Food Waste Forum 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Green Umbrella

HUB Garden Classes 4:30-5:30 pm & 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

September 12:

Pedestrian Safety Town Hall 6:00 pm, City of Cincinnati

Climate Change and Social Justice 6:00-8:00 pm, University of Cincinnati

September 13: 

Meditation & Kayaking 6:00-7:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County
Hoots & Hops 6:00-10:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center
September 14:
Rabbit Hash River Clean Up 9:00 am-12:30 pm, Boone County Conservation District

Music in the Woods 5:00-11:00 pm, Imago

September 15: Forest Bathing 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

September 16:

Cincinnati's Table: Immigrants & the Local Food Economy 5:30-8:00 pm

Film: Wasted! The Story of Food Waste 6:00 pm, UC Sustainability & Hamilton County Recycling

September 17: Effects of Climate Change for an Alpine Butterfly 7:00-8:30 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

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

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

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

Professional Opportunities 

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.

The Ohio Environmental Council will host the Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference on September 13 where attorneys, advocates and students will explore solutions to create a more just and equitable system that protects the environment for all people.

Heapy Engineering will host the Dayton Green Expo on September 17, with a full day of educational sessions on corporate social responsibility, responsible sourcing, high performance buildings and sustainable and resilient food systems.

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.

Music in the Woods - Imago

Cincinnati Coffee Festival - Ohio River Foundation

Great Outdoor Weekend Ambassadors - Green Umbrella

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