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  • January 31, 2017 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release                                                                                              

    For more information contact:
    Kristin Weiss, kristin@greenumbrella.org513.541.1538
    Executive Director, Green Umbrella

    CINCINNATI, OH – Green Umbrella is pleased to announce a funding opportunity designed to financially support energy-efficient refrigeration for the local food system. This funding, provided by the Duke Class Benefit Fund, will simultaneously advance regional sustainability goals related to local food, food waste reduction, fresh food access, and energy-efficiency. The total amount of funding available is $75,000. Applications are due March 15, 2017, and more information can be found at www.greenumbrella.org/energy-efficient-refrigeration.

    Through these grants, Green Umbrella seeks to strengthen regional distribution and consumption of locally-grown food. Refrigeration is essential to maintain quality, meet food safety requirements, and avoid waste, yet is one of the most costly parts of the local food supply chain.

    This funding opportunity will build on many other local food accomplishments that Greater Cincinnati has to celebrate, including:

    • A 55% growth in farmers’ markets in just 3 years – with 25% of markets providing year-round access to local food, such as Findlay Market and Northside Farmers’ Market;
    • The establishment of Our Harvest and Ohio Valley Food Connection – two food hubs making it easier for restaurants, food retailers, and other institutions to purchase local food in greater quantities;
    • The rise of grocery coops that source local food, such as Clifton Market;
    • Support for healthy food access through programs such as Produce Perks, which doubles up bucks for both farmers and SNAP/WIC consumers in the purchase of locally-grown produce, with 18 participating locations planned for 2017;
    • The publication of wonderful resources helping consumers to support local farmers, build the local economy, and get to know their food better, including through the 10% Shift to Local Food challenge, Central Ohio River Valley Local Food Guide, and active local chapters of Chefs Collaborative, Slow Food, and Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association;
    • The launch of Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council which works to advance a healthy, equitable, and sustainable regional food system;
    • Leading food waste initiatives such as the forum on Food Waste: A Strategic Regional Conversation, and breweries like Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewery which donates spent grains to local farmers; and
    • Recognition as a destination for foodies in publications such as Cooking Light and Edible Ohio Valley.
    “This funding will get us one step closer to achieving our goal of doubling the production and consumption of local food by 2020 in Greater Cincinnati, while having the added benefit of conserving energy at the same time,” says Kristin Weiss, executive director of Green Umbrella.


    [Photo credits: Our Harvest]


    Green Umbrella is the leading alliance working to maximize the environmental sustainability of Greater Cincinnati. We’re driving collaboration to fuel measurable improvements in key areas of sustainability. Our vision is to have the region recognized as one of the top 10 most sustainable metro areas in the nation by 2020. For more information or to become a member, please visit www.greenumbrella.org.

  • January 26, 2017 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Green Umbrella is now accepting applications for two internships: Communications and Tri-State Trails.

    Communications Intern

    Please visit this page to view the full position description.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; please refer to our Green Jobs page to stay updated.

    To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume (with applicable experience) to amy@greenumbrella.org, with “Communications Internship” in the email subject line. No phone calls please.

    Tri-State Trails Intern

    Please visit this page to view the full position description.  Deadline to apply is Friday, February 17, 2017.

    To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume (with applicable experience) to wade@greenumbrella.org, with “Tri-State Trails Internship” in the email subject line. No phone calls please.

  • January 23, 2017 2:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Come to MadTree's 2.0 Grand Opening & Winter Bonanza and help support Green Umbrella! Several GU staff, board members and friends will be volunteering at this annual party, which starts at 11:00 am on Saturday, Feb. 11 and ends at 1:00 am on Feb. 12. A portion of the event's proceeds will go to support Green Umbrella, one of MadTree's four community partners. More information about the event can be found on the Facebook event page here

  • January 20, 2017 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Green Umbrella and Xavier Leadership Center have partnered to offer the Sustainable Climate Change Leadership Certificate. This certificate series is led by industry experts and designed to incorporate practical and interactive learning, focusing on key disciplines of sustainability. A 10% discount is available for members of Green Umbrella! Click here to learn more.

  • January 04, 2017 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In capping off the work of 2016, the City of Cincinnati's Office of Environment and Sustainability shared some good news the region's sustainability efforts:

  • December 21, 2016 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9] introduced H.R. 6481: Urban Agriculture Production Act of 2016 to the House on Dec. 8, 2016. It has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture. 

    A similar bill, S. 3420: Urban Agriculture Act of 2016, was introduced to the Senate by Sen. Debbie Stabenow in late September, 2016.  

    These bills are both preliminary steps to having an urban agriculture title included in the Farm Bill, which is due for reauthorization in 2018.  

    Senators from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky sit on the Senate Agriculture Committee, including Sherrod Brown (Democrat - Ohio), Joe Donnelly(Democrat - Indiana), Mitch McConnell(Republican - Kentucky).

    Members wishing to stay abreast of the Urban Agriculture bills, and the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization, should subscribe to alerts from the Agriculture Committee via govtrack.us. 

  • December 20, 2016 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Looking for a green and easy way to recycle your Christmas tree and holiday leaves? Hamilton county residents are encourages to bring holiday greens to one of the county's three Yard Trimming Drop-off sites. Hamilton County Recycling and Solid waste District's free program will accept these organic materials on the following dates; all materials will be composted. 

    Locations for the yard trimmings drop-off sites are:

    • East: Bzak Landscaping, 3295 Turpin Lane (off Rt. 32) in Anderson Township
    • Bzak Landscaping will also open January 9 through 13 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • West: Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road in Green Township
    • North: Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, 3800 Struble Road (and Colerain Avenue) in Colerain Township

    Residents please see the following guidelines:

    • Whole Christmas trees are accepted; residents should remove all ornaments, tinsel, tree bags, etc.
    •  Brush and tree branches from the yard should be cut into lengths of four feet or less – branches must not exceed one foot in diameter.
    •  Bundle brush and tree branches with twine – bundles must not be heavier than 50 pounds or;
    • Bring yard trimmings to the location in containers or bags – brown paper bags preferred. Containers and plastic bags will be returned.
    • Hamilton County residents only. Bring proof of residency.
    • No large trailers or trucks larger than pickups.
    • No pallets, boards, nails, fence, wire, bricks, stones, or soil accepted.
    •  All children must stay inside vehicles.
    •  Landscapers and commercial establishments are not eligible to participate in this program.
    • Illegal dumping is prohibited.

    For more information, please call the Recycling Hotline at 946-7766, visit HamiltonCountyRecycles.org. 

  • December 15, 2016 5:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Amity Elementary (Deer Park Schools) and Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District have collaborated to implement a food rescue program. 

    It all began during the 2014-15 school year with the direction of Patrick Ormond, sixth grade science teacher, and Carol Suer, a retired Amity teacher. Students are encouraged to place unopened food items and unpeeled fruit on a "food sharing table". Those students who are still hungry may then take food off of the table. Any food items remaining on the table after lunch are refrigerated and delivered to a local food pantry. 

    Insofar, Amity Elementary is able to feed those in need of food and drastically cut down on landfill waste. Annually, the elementary school has resuced more than 5,500 that may have been wasted. Mr. Ormond states, “By saving all that food and recycling paper, cans, and bottles, our school is down to just two bags of garbage for breakfast and lunch for 400 students. We are seriously reducing landfill waste and at the same time taking care of the needs of people in our community.”

    Additionally, the food sharing table encourages students to lean about food collection and storage, charity, and waste reduction. 

    For assistance in setting up a customized food rescue program at your school, contact Cher Mohring at (513-946-7737) or via email at cher.mohring@hamilton-co.org.

  • December 13, 2016 3:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Green Umbrella would like to extend a warm welcome to Michaela Oldfield, who joined our staff in December as the new Director for the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council.

    Michaela completed a PhD in Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resources Studies at Michigan State University under Mike Hamm. She also has a JD from the University of Michigan. As a graduate student, Michaela studied the politics of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the ways public and private actors shape policy affecting the food system. She also spent time working with the local Food Policy Council in Lansing on the city's ordinances pertaining to urban agriculture. As the Director of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, Michaela plans to help the council identify and advocate for both well-recognized and creative policy solutions that advance the Council's mission to promote a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system for all within Greater Cincinnati’s ten-county region.

    You can reach Michaela in the office at (513) 541-1538 or by email at michaela@greenumbrella.org.

  • December 07, 2016 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Green Umbrella community gathered Tuesday evening at Rhinegeist Brewery to celebrate the hard work our Action Teams and Initiatives accomplished this year. Click here to view the 2016 Progress Report detailing the work of each Action Team.

    View the slideshow from the Annual Meeting.

    Visit our Facebook page to view additional photos from the evening's festivities. Thanks to our event sponsors for their support: Cohen Recycling, Great Parks of Hamilton County, Fifth Third Bank, Queen City Bike, Trayak, Earth Day Cincinnati and Cincinnati Nature Center.

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