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Under the Umbrella

Green Umbrella brings together businesses, nonprofits, governments, educational institutions and individuals to help Greater Cincinnati reach a lofty goal: To have the region recognized as one of the top 10 most sustainable metro areas in the nation by 2020. We have united around the Collective Impact Model, which is producing remarkable results for partnerships locally and across the nation. The model teaches that success requires five elements: A Common Agenda, Shared Measurements, Mutually Reinforcing Activities, Continuous Communication and a Backbone Organization to provide the infrastructure for collaboration. Green Umbrella is that Backbone Organization.

Our goals for the region by 2020:

  • LAND: Increase the acreage of high quality greenspace by 8%.

  • OUTDOOR RECREATION & NATURE AWARENESS: Increase participation in recreational and educational activities, events and venues that get people outdoors into nature by 20%.

  • ENERGY CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY: Reduce the total energy consumption in the built environment by 15%.

  • LOCAL FOOD: Double the percent of fruits and vegetables sourced and consumed within our region.

  • TRANSPORTATION: Reduce the use of gasoline and diesel as motor fuels by 20%.

  • WASTE REDUCTION: Reduce waste disposed in the residential/commercial sector by 33% as we transition to “zero waste”.

  • RENEWABLE ENERGY: Double the local production of renewable energy each year.

  • WATER: Protect, enhance and celebrate all streams, rivers and other water resources by making a measurable improvement in 75% of them.

Our work is done through subject area Action Teams that meet monthly to drive progress toward the measurable goals they have established for our region. 

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