Green Umbrella members can submit events for the calendar to greennews@greenumbrella.org. Please provide all relevant details and a link to your organization's listing of the event at least three weeks prior to the event date. We feature a selection of member events in Green News You Can Use, which is published every other Wednesday. 

Our calendar is color coded by Action Team sustainability areas. Look for events in the follow areas:

Energy Food  Greenspace Outdoors Transportation Waste Reduction Watershed

Plus a couple of other categories we thought would be helpful: Professional Maker

Upcoming events

    • October 25, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • February 06, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Valley View Foundation 790 Garfield Avenue Milford, OH 45150

    Organization: Valley View Foundation


    2 Runs for 1 at Valley View!

    Join us this fall for Run for the Bottoms Saturday, October 24th and the bonus Frozen Bottoms Run February 6th!

    The Valley View property was affectionately nicknamed "the bottoms" many years ago. In 2004, we created the Run for the Bottoms to help raise money to preserve the property and we decided to reintroduce the race in 2018. This year, with a new course layout you can choose the 5K or single loop 10K through forest, field, and farm in October and run the 5K in February.  This race will have unofficial timing and staggered start times to better provide a safe and responsible race environment in the era of Covid.  A great way to support Valley View and explore the trails with family and friends!  

    Link to more details:

    https://www.valleyviewcampus.org/run-for-the-bottoms


    • December 01, 2020
    • (EST)
    • February 05, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Virtual Series

    Organization: Rotary Club of Cincinnati


    Cincinnati is a national leader in reducing carbon emissions and building resilience. Rotary International has just named environmental sustainability as its newest humanitarian Area of Focus. The Rotary Club of Cincinnati is proud to offer this public seminar series outlining the breakthrough work being accomplished through public-private partnerships in Cincinnati. Our speakers will illuminate that progress and connect you to resources to help you build sustainability into your business, household, and civic impact. The seminars are FREE. We encourage you to invite colleagues, friends, and students from grade seven and older.

    December 1, 2020: Cincinnati’s Breakthroughs, Rotary’s Resolve: Oliver Kroner, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Cincinnati, will illustrate why Cincinnati is winning national recognition for its bold goals and rapid progress in making our energy, transportation, solid waste, and food systems more sustainable, resilient, and equitable. The Rotary Club of Cincinnati’s Ariel Miller, environment reporter for Rotary’s Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group, will outline the kinds of initiatives that Rotary is now encouraging worldwide to mitigate climate change’s rising harm to health, food security, community economic development, and peace. These include the SUN solar schools initiative the Rotary Club of Cincinnati is supporting this year in Uganda. You can watch the recording at https://youtu.be/i5Wc-Al9B78.

    December 15, 2020: Cincinnati 2030 District: Thomas Schultz of Green Umbrella will report on this breakthrough collaboration whose 37 members – including major corporations like P&G and Kroger – have committed to reduce the energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions of their buildings by 50% by 2030. This portfolio represents over 300 properties and almost 26 million square feet. Members also commit to improvements in building occupants’ health outcomes. The talk will include information on the technical assistance available to members and how to join the project.

    January 5, 2021: The Peril to Children: Rotarian Chip Carson, MD, PhD, a professor, toxicologist and environmental and occupational physician whose research and consultation is global, will explain why climate change is the greatest single future threat to the health of children worldwide, through impacts including extreme weather events, emerging disease, and famine. He will outline ways we can mitigate a catastrophic future. Care for vulnerable children is one of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati’s top philanthropic priority.

    January 19, 2021: Lightening Tenants’ Energy Burden: Carla Walker, the Climate Advisor for Cincinnati through the American Cities Climate Challenge and Savannah Sullivan, Green Umbrella’s new Climate Policy Lead, will describe two breakthrough strategies to reduce utility costs for low income renters. As our city faces an epidemic of evictions and utility shut-offs, WarmUp Cincinnati helps tenants conserve energy and the City’s matching grant program to help landlords make capital investments to improve their building’s efficiency.

    February 5, 2021: Mr. Fusion is Real! Developing Waste-to-Energy Solutions in Southwest Ohio: Rotary Club of Cincinnati Rotarian, Sam Schutte, will tell the story of the Anerobic Digestion facilities that his company, Synthica Energy, is developing to create renewable natural gas from diverted organic wastes. Synthica’s plants will have the capability to divert 190,000 tons/year of organic wastes from local landfills and wastewater treatment plants, enabling business customers to reduce their disposal costs as well as pollution.

    Contact the Rotary Office to register for a seminar at office@cincinnatirotary.org. Questions? Contact Ariel Miller at arielmillerwriter@gmail.com.

    • December 19, 2020
    • (EST)
    • January 30, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 13 sessions
    • Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Rd, Milford, OH 45150

    Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

    Learn more here.

    Stay fit and have fun with these conditioning hikes for adults. These hikes are for those who desire six to seven miles of brisk-paced hiking with hills, steps, and streams. We will hike in small groups with varying speeds. Our goal is to keep moving and provide everyone with a good workout. Participants should be stretched and ready to go. You must RSVP for this hike through www.meetup.com, and we ask that you update your RSVP if your plans change. We may have to cancel this hike due to weather, so always be sure to check your email before you head out. Cincinnati Nature Center members are free; non-members pay daily admission.


    • January 01, 2021
    • (EST)
    • January 29, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 5 sessions
    • California Woods Nature Preserve, Cincinnati, OH 45230

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Grab your winter gear and join us for Frosty Fridays! Each week we will get our winter move on and tackle a new trail in California Woods. Hikes will be moderate to strenuous, and completely outdoors. While these hikes are more walk than talk, we will touch on the interpretive features of various parts of California Woods as we go. 

    Please sign up for either series one or two here: https://explorenature.regfox.com/frostyfridayshikeseries

    Series One: 1/8, 1/15, & 1/22/21

    Series Two: 1/29, 2/5, & 2/12/21 


    • January 04, 2021
    • (EST)
    • January 25, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Various Locations

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Hardy Souls – Winter Hike Series Recurring Mondays in January and February

    Join other active adults for a vigorous hike in some of Cincinnati’s most beautiful parks.  Hikes are rain or shine, but will be cancelled in case of severe weather. Sturdy footwear recommended. Online registration for this free event is required. 

    Please register here: https://explorenature.regfox.com/hardysoulswinterhikeseries 

    For meeting locations and more information, email Michael.George@cincinnati-oh.gov or call513-751-3679.

    1/4/21: Caldwell Nature Preserve - 430 W North Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45216

    1/11/21: LaBoiteaux Woods - 5400 Lanius Ln, Cincinnati, OH 45224

    1/18/21: Mt. Echo

    1/25/21: McFarlan Woods - Mc Farlan Ridge Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45211


    • January 06, 2021
    • (EST)
    • January 27, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center, 5400 Lanius Ln, Cincinnati, OH 45224

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Recurring Wednesdays in January 2021

    Enjoy a Naturalist led winter hike through LaBoiteaux Woods. Trails are steep and rugged, sturdy footwear with good tread is highly recommended.  Cameras and children welcome.  No dogs, please.  Foul weather cancels this event.  Meet at the nature center. 

    Online registration is required here: https://explorenature.regfox.com/laboiteauxwinterhikeseries

    Call 513-542-2909 or 513-390-5215 or email lara.wardlow@cincinnati-oh.gov for more information.  


    • January 12, 2021
    • (EST)
    • March 02, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 8 sessions
    • virtual event series

    Green Umbrella Winter 2021 Book Club

    Book: Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy (by Rebecca Burgess with Courtney White)

    Description: “A new ‘farm to closet’ vision for the clothes we wear—by a leader in the movement for local textile economies.”

    Hosted by: Caitlin McCall, educator and freelance apparel designer

    RSVP via this google form

    In this edition of the Green Umbrella Book Club, we are getting hands on and deliberately cross-pollinating, whether you bring a background in sustainable design, food security, watershed conservation, green infrastructure or manufacturing, social justice, health and wellness, or ethical economics. 

    Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy will be the primary text we are focusing on. However, we will be pulling in resources an ideas independent of this text to further enrich our conversations. You are encouraged to bring media you have consumed, your personal experiences, and questions relevant to your own passion or profession to each discussion. You are also encouraged to bring an open mind.

    Lastly, this is an activities and project driven book club. In our first meeting we will set goals, a vision of what each of us wants to get out of the shared experience of reading this text. With each chapter discussion, our conversations will be driven/augmented by problem-solving activities (for local challenges/opportunities and solutions). In our last meeting, we will revisit and reflect on our goals and the activities we have done. What is possible after that is up to us.

    Click here for more information and the schedule of weekly topics.

    • January 18, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Virtual

    Organization: Cincinnati Zoo

    Animals leave behind clues that can be used to reveal important information about who’s been where and did what and we’re on the trail.

    Join us for this virtual camp to learn all about the clues animals leave behind.

    Register for January 18, 2021


    • January 19, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom Event

    Organization: Western Wildlife Corridor

    This talk will include information on current issues with birds, what we can do to help, and will highlight Ron's research on birds and invasive plants species. 

    Ron Canterbury is the Ornithologist and Academic Director in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati (UC).  

    Cost is free, but you will need to register as it is an online event.

    Register here

    • January 20, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • online

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    WHEN:

    January 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    WHERE:

    Online Webinar

    COST:

    Free

    With over 5,000 varieties of potatoes world-wide, there are so many different shapes, sizes and colors of this ubiquitous vegetable. Whether waxy, starchy or all-purpose, you’ll learn the right varieties to use for different preparations. Lisa will also demonstrate recipes with potatoes full of flavor that don’t rely on heavy amounts of butter or sour cream to please your tastebuds. This class will give you a new appreciation for this simple ingredient.


    https://www.civicgardencenter.org/event/cooking-from-your-garden-the-humble-potato/?instance_id=4583

    • January 21, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Virtual
    Register


    We cordially invite you

    to our New Year Kickoff and

    Healthy Building District Launch!

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 12:00 -1:30 pm

    Sponsored by M+A Architects


    Register today

    This virtual event is "pay what you can". The virtual meeting link will be provided via email to registrants before the event. Hear about the Cincinnati 2030 District and look ahead toward what we will do together. 

    We will have special guests from:

    The International WELL Building Institute

    The Health Collaborative

    Come prepared with:

    Your questions, stories and strategies towards the 50% goals. 

    Cincinnati is the first 2030 District to establish a district-wide healthy building model.

    This innovative model, created by the Cincinnati 2030 District, focuses on regional health needs and promotes healthy behaviors and building performance to address chronic disease. In collaboration with the International WELL Building Institute, and using the local Community Health Needs Assessment, this program uses the building blocks of the WELL Building Standard, fine-tuned to the unique health needs of the Greater Cincinnati community.

    Presenters:

    In her role with IWBI, Dr. Angela Loder is responsible for identifying, directing, and managing evidenced-based research that supports the WELL Building Standard. As a research scientist, strategic planner, and educator, Dr. Loder brings over a decade of experience in interdisciplinary research and partnerships around occupant health, well-being, and the built and natural environment. Prior to joining IWBI, Dr. Loder ran her own consulting firm, working with municipal, regional, and federal governments on urban planning, sustainability, and health. Projects included community outreach on values around the urban forest for Boulder Urban Forestry; writing and implementing a $1.6 million dollar state-funded Active Living and Healthy Eating grant for Jefferson County, CO; and a federal interdisciplinary project linking energy conservation, occupant comfort, and behavior. Her doctoral research looked at the impact that visual and physical access to a green roof in Chicago and Toronto had on office workers’ concentration, stress, and creativity, and was the first large-scale multi-method study on the health impacts of green roofs. Dr. Loder is Adjunct Faculty at the University of Denver, and has been a core member of the Health in Buildings Roundtable (HiBR) with the NIH since 2009. She is a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar, a board member of the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University, adjunct faculty at Denver University, and part of the first cohort of WELL Faculty and a WELL AP. Dr. Loder has presented her research at numerous international conference and published in academic and popular media. Her book “Small-Scale Urban Greening: Creating Places of Health, Creativity, and Ecological Sustainability” will be published with Routledge. She holds a collaborative PhD from the University of Toronto in Health Geography and Centre for the Environment.  

    Dominic Ramos Ruiz is a Senior Policy Consultant to the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), where he supports relationships with local, state, and federal agencies as well as NGO's and non-profit organizations to encourage healthy and sustainable building practices and integrate health metrics into public policy, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and environment, social, governance (ESG) investment frameworks.

    Dominic has a cross-disciplinary background encompassing urban planning, real estate development, technology and environmental sustainability. Prior to IWBI, Dominic worked for New York-based Weitzman Associates, where he advised institutional investor and developer clients on project feasibility and marketability, and for Lane4 Property Group where he was involved in the development, construction, and management of multiple mixed-use development projects. As an undergraduate, he worked as a fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, providing research assistance to regional counsel for real estate, zoning, and land-use litigation.

    Dominic is a graduate of Kansas State University, where he earned a master’s degree in regional and community planning. He serves on the board of New York’s Design Trust for Public Space as well as The Public Theater's Young Partner Board. An active member of the Urban Land Institute, Dominic co-chairs the New York Young Leaders Programming Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the national Public-Private Partnerships Council. He is a member of the MoMA Contemporary Arts Council, Municipal Art Society of New York, and ACE Mentor through which he mentors high school students interested in architecture, construction, and engineering.

    Dr. Lauren Bartoszek is the Manager of Population Health Strategies at The Health Collaborative. She works with the Generation Health (Gen-H) team on the regions health agenda utilizing the Community Health Needs Assessment data to drive policy, systems, and environmental strategies addressing health equity through a collaborative approach. In her time with THC she has been involved in other ongoing projects with Gen-H including addressing food insecurity in a partnership with Green Umbrella’s Food Policy Council and transportation in partnership with the Council on Aging. Prior to her work at THC, she was an Assistant Professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she taught undergraduates in the Health Promotion program and helped start the Health Education National Honorary Chapter Eta Sigma Gamma. Dr. Bartoszek holds a PhD in Health Education from the University of Cincinnati, is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), and has published over 10 peer-reviewed papers on topics including substance abuse prevention and adolescent health. She and her husband also became parents to a little girl, Beatrice, in April of 2020.

    To sponsor this event, Email Elizabeth@greenumbrella.org

    Sponsorship includes: Mentioned and logo at Occupant Health Launch as well as logo on invitations for the event! 

    • January 21, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual

    Organization: EV Cincy

    The future of Ohio transportation is electric! Join EV Cincy for a conversation with Luke Stedke, Managing Director of Communications and Policy at Drive Ohio and Katie Zehnder, Program Manager at HNTB Ohio. We will discuss developments in statewide electric vehicle charging infrastructure including Drive Ohio's recent EV charging site study, and what cleaner, safer, smarter modes of transportation could look like in our state. Sign up at bit.ly/EVroomJan


     
     



    • January 21, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)

    Happy New Year! Join us for a review of 2020 and a preview of the year ahead. We want your input on the activities and topics you’d like to explore with AIA Cincinnati. The Annual Meeting is your chance to get the scoop on upcoming AIA Cincinnati initiatives and programs, weigh in on the work of this chapter, and meet your fellow architects and the new board. Current AIA Cincinnati members will also be voting on an amendment to the chapter bylaws.

    Register before 4pm on January 20 to receive Zoom information.

    Register here

    • January 21, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom Webinar

    Organization: Ohio Citizen Action

    Join us for a discussion: What’s next for HB6? Will the tainted law be repealed, and why is Ohio’s energy policy so riddled with corruption? What’s next for sustainable, equitable energy efforts beyond HB6? Get the inside scoop and ideas for action from two leading experts.

    • January 21, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • virtual

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    Instructor: Kylie Johnson, Green Learning Station Coordinator

    Cost: $10 or $40 for the 5-part series, free for volunteers (volunteers must call to register)

    Registration: Click here!

    Now that you understand the fundamentals of sustainability, this class will take a deeper dive into the topics of food, waste, and water. You will learn actionable steps for adopting a sustainable diet, reducing your food and household waste, and managing water in your house and on your property.


    • January 21, 2021
    • (EST)
    • March 04, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 5 sessions

    Organization: Cincinnati Metro


    Join us at one of our upcoming Reinventing Metro Meetings! Click on the link to register or visit our website https://www.go-metro.com/

    Jan. 12th at 6 p.m. Rt. 33 Western Hills – Glenway

    Jan. 14th at 6 p.m. Rt. 11 Madison Rd./ Erie Ave.

    Jan. 21st at 6 p.m. Rt. 4 Blue Ash – Kenwood – Ridge Rd.

    Jan. 26th at 6 p.m. Rt. 78 Springdale – Vine/ Lincoln Heights

    Jan. 28th at 6 p.m. Rt. 17 Seven Hills/Mt. Healthy/Mt.Airy/Northgate

    Feb. 2nd at 6 p.m. Rt. 16 Mt. Healthy & Rt. 20 Winton –Tri-County

    Feb. 4th at 6 p.m. Rt. 43 Reading/ Bond Hill/ Winton Hills & Rt. 46 Avondale



    The Reinventing Metro plan will transform the entire region over the next five years.

    For non-riders, it will drive economic growth, help employers attract and retain

    employees, make our region more attractive to new businesses and improve quality of

    life for everyone. Reinventing Metro’s service improvements will make these accessible

    by transit:

    • 20,000 more jobs at 740 more employers
    • $850 million in total wages for the local economy
    • 343,326 jobs at more than 11,000 employers with 24-hour Metro service

    For riders, service improvements will provide:

    • Less time between buses (frequency)
    • More amenities (new buses, transit centers and more)
    • Earlier and later service (span)
    • Shorter trip times
    • January 21, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • online

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    WHEN:

    January 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    WHERE:

    Online Webinar

    COST:

    $10

    Now that you understand the fundamentals of sustainability, this class will take a deeper dive into the topics of food, waste, and water. You will learn actionable steps for adopting a sustainable diet, reducing your food and household waste, and managing water in your house and on your property.

    https://www.civicgardencenter.org/event/sustainability-102/?instance_id=4579


    • January 21, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • online

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    WHEN:

    January 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    WHERE:

    Online Webinar

    COST:

    $10

    This class will discuss the sustainability of the fashion industry as a whole. This class will also help you find sources for sustainably made clothing as well as ways to responsibly dispose of textiles.


    https://www.civicgardencenter.org/event/sustainable-fashion/?instance_id=4590


    • January 22, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Fee: $5 per person Walk in the almost-winter quiet of the night as we explore the preserve after hours. Enjoy the calm of the cool forest as we walk under the evening sky. Afterwards, reward and replenish with a crackling campfire. Hike is along rugged terrain, mostly aided only by the light of the glowing half moon.

    Email gia.giammarinaro@cincinnati-oh.gov or call 513-231-8678 for more information. 

    • January 22, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Science is everywhere! Join the staff from Caldwell Nature Preserve as we delve into the world of Science. We will demonstrate experiments virtually. We will also have kits for you to pick up and take home to do some experiments on your own.

    Cost is $5 per person.

    Instructional Video:

    Your Video will be available starting on January 22, 2021 7:00 p.m. EST.

    Science Kit Includes Supplies to Create

    Purchase Craft Kits Pick-up

    Call 513-761-4313 or Email olivia.canada@cincinnati-oh.gov to arrange for pick up of your materials.

    Pick-Up Location

    Caldwell Nature Center, 430 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati, Oh, 45216

    • January 27, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Event

    Organization: USGBC Ohio


    Join us to celebrate the ENC Region's Sheroes

    About this Event

    DESCRIPTION

    Welcome to our celebration of the ENC Region's 2020 Sheroes, where we will spotlight the impact of strong women leaders in the green building industry. This session highlights the women in our region who have been selected as the East North Central Region's Sheroes of the Month for 2020. It will include a moderated panel and interactive breakout discussions.

    MODERTOR

    • Leslie Tom - Chief Sustainability Officer, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

    PANELISTS

    • Jessica Davis - Director, IUPUI Sustainability
    • Peggy Matta - Project Architect, Redstone Architects, Inc
    • Tammie Wareham - Project Coordinator, DesignGroup
    • Sandra Henry - Senior Director, Energy and Sustainability, Elevate Energy

    BREAKOUT ROOM LEADERS

    • Nicole Stika
    • Allison Harris (invited)
    • Angela Westerhaus (invited)
    • Aparna Bole, MD (invited)
    • Rev. Joan Ross (invited)

    Want to become a member?

    For USGBC Community member status:

    For USGBC National member status:

    To join or renew your Community membership, please visit us at:


    • January 27, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • online

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    WHEN:

    January 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    WHERE:

    Online Webinar

    COST:

    Free

    Are you the kind of person that geeks out on planning? This is your class. We go deeper into the topic of setting goals and then planning to meet those goals. There are a lot of things to balance and it can get confusing. If you want to really make a big difference in your food budget by growing the maximum amount of your own healthy food, don’t miss this class.

    https://www.civicgardencenter.org/event/planning-your-spring-garden-pt-2/?instance_id=4586

    • January 28, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Event
    • 2
    Register