Green Umbrella members can submit events for the calendar to 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

    • January 08, 2020
    • (EST)
    • November 11, 2020
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Green Umbrella, 5030 Oaklawn Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45227
    • 90

    The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council mission is to advance a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system for all within Greater Cincinnati’s ten-county region through policy, systems, and environment change.

    We alternate monthly between full council meetings and impact team meetings. Our 2020 full council meetings will be:

    • Wednesday, January 8, 2:30-4:30 pm
    • Wednesday, March 11, 2:30-4:30 pm
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2:30-4:30 pm - via zoom (register to receive link)
    • In lieu of our July meeting, we are hosting a Farm to Table Virtual Cooking Class Fundraiser on July 16
    • Wednesday, September 9, 2:30-4:30 pm
    • Wednesday, November 11, 2:30-4:30 pm 

    Full Council Meetings are an opportunity to network, learn about being an effective food system advocate, and be involved in strategically prioritizing the regional good food policy agenda.


    • Create a forum that brings together stakeholders from all segments of the food system to generate new relationships and share best practices.
    • Initiate research and recommend policies that increase food security in communities as well as social and economic opportunities for food producers, distributors, and consumers throughout the region.
    • Advocate for food security through a regional food system development agenda at the city, county and regional levels.
    • Serve as a resource to the community to assist in local food system development programs and projects related to health and nutrition, land use, food waste recovery, community food assessment and local purchasing.

      Learn more about the Food Policy Council here.

      • April 03, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • December 06, 2020
      • (EST)
      • 9 sessions
      • Online Webinar Series

      Organization: USGBC Ohio

      Local community members can fulfill CE requirements and enhance their knowledge of LEED.

      In 2020, expand your knowledge about LEED v4 and LEED v4.1 with monthly First Friday webinars.

      USGBC local communities in the East North Central region (Detroit Region, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio) will once again offer a monthly webinar series on different aspects of LEED.

      The webinars mainly feature videos covering helpful information on LEED v4 and LEED v4.1, taken from previously approved course videos presented by our leading Education Partners on Education @USGBC and by speakers featured at Greenbuild 2018.

      Local USGBC members, LEED credential holders and other sustainability professionals can use these webinars to fulfill continuing education requirements for GBCI and AIA credentials, to increase their knowledge of LEED and to find tools to transform the green building marketplace locally.

      Costing only $10 for all attendees, the webinars are held on the first Friday of each month throughout the year. If you are a current USGBC community and/or USGBC national member, you can contact us to request a promo code for free access to all upcoming webinars. 

      Check out our full list of upcoming courses, and sign up for each.

      2020 First Friday LEED webinars: 

      April 3: LEED Residential—The Evolution Towards Higher-performing Homes

      May 1: Leed v4 Quality Views

      June 5: Approaching Net Zero: Solutions for Commercial Buildings

      July 10: Sustainable Synergy: How Manufacturers and Scientists Can Collaborate

      Aug. 7: Green Code for High-performance Healthcare

      Sept. 4: LEED for Existing Buildings

      Oct. 2: Keep Your Construction Materials Sustainable

      Nov. 6: Be Cool—How Designers Can Improve Thermal Comfort With HVLS Fans

      Dec. 6: Introduction to Fully Ducted Heat Pumps for All-electric Heating and Cooling

      • May 09, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • November 14, 2020
      • (EST)
      • 4 sessions
      • Various locations

      Organization: USGBC Ohio

      2019-2020 Green Home Tours

      • May 9, 2020, Virtual Tour, Vawter Residence – Sayler Park, Winding Walks LEED Home Subdivision. This LEED Gold home has theses features: Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV), tankless water heater and lawn irrigation that has a sensor to shut off the irrigation if it is raining. They are also having a pool installed which will use salt chlorination.

      Schedule: 6 to 6:05 pm Gather in the Webex portal, 6:05 pm Chuck Lohre introduces the Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, sponsor The Sustainability Partnership of Cincinnati, and homeowner Wanda Vawter. 6:15 pm Wanda will share their design inspiration and the features of the home's living room, kitchen, exterior and pool area. 6:45 James Warden will review the homes LEED features and benefits. 7 pm Chuck Lohre will announce the raffle Clifton Market gift certificate winner.

      Meeting number: 354 227 146

      Password: ihMppsa7G55

      Join by phone

      1-650-429-3300 Call-in number (US/Canada)

      Access code: 354 227 146

      Registration (appreciated but not required)

      Future 2020 Green Home Tour Series locations:

      • Sept. 12, 2020, 10 am until Noon – Heckman Residence – OTR, planned LEED Platinum with solar panels and a battery backup system that normally powers the home until about 1 am. Free for USGBC members, $25 for two at the door. Contact Chuck Lohre to get address and register, 513-260-9025.

      • Oct 10, 2020, Noon until 2 pm, Fickas Residence – Liberty Township – Nancy comes from a long history of sustainable homes, “My grandfather built has entire house from shipping pallets for his family of 9. He worked at a door manufacturer and brought home the scrap wood to complete the house and build the furniture. My father worked there to and did the same thing to build my Mother a new kitchen. The home is at Aberlin Springs  the First Agri Community in the Midwest, with Farm-to-Table Living, located in Union Twp, Morrow/South Lebanon. Free for USGBC members, $25 for two at the door. Contact Chuck Lohre to get address and register, 513-260-9025.

      • Nov. 14, 2020, 10 am until Noon, Warminski Residence – Newport, KY, 1907 cottage with solar panels. Margo also plans to show off her extensive insulation and air sealing done by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance as well has her grey water downstairs toilet which ads a lavatory to the small room. Free for USGBC members, $25 for two at the door. Contact Chuck Lohre to get address and register, 513-260-9025.

      • May 14, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • December 10, 2020
      • (EST)
      • 8 sessions
      • Online

      Organization: USGBC Ohio

      Our new webinar series will be held on Second Thursdays at 1pm EST, running from May through December 2020. Each webinar will offer one hour of continuing education and an opportunity for attendee participation. We are excited to offer webinars on a wide variety of green building themes including taking a deep dive into several exemplary green building projects, thought leadership on how set your city apart with LEED certification, a celebration of women leaders in the green building industry, and more. Please be sure to register for each one, to receive webinar access.

      Webinar Schedule 

      • August 08, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • September 19, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • 2 sessions
      • Findlay Market 1801 Race St. Cincinnati, OH 45202

      Organization: Produce Perks

      Ohio has seen an exponential increase in the number of households experiencing economic hardship due to the effects of COVID-19. These hardships have caused many Ohioans to choose between basic necessities like food or to go without. Thanks to a great partnership with Buckeye Health Plan, Ohio’s most vulnerable populations are becoming aware of healthy food and resources available in their backyard.

      Buckeye is partnering with Produce Perks Midwest for a healthy food incentive program, called Buckeye Fresh!. Buckeye invites their members and the community to Buckeye Fresh! days at farmers markets in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo.
      Buckeye members attending the market on Buckeye Fresh! days will get $10 worth of vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, and children of members will receive a free Buckeye Buck to purchase a healthy snack, too. Healthy eating is extended to all market goers through educational activities, giveaways and recipes.
      Market goers will be educated on two Produce Perks programs that supply additional financial resources to purchase healthy food. SNAP/EBT shoppers will receive a $1-for-$1 match at the market via the Produce Perks program. Families can receive an additional $40 to purchase healthy food if they meet eligibility requirements.
      The Buckeye Fresh! program extends our work to reach low-income families by providing an additional financial incentive to visit the market. The hope is that Buckeye members will gain a deeper understanding of the resources available to purchase fresh produce and continue to visit the market to provide for their families.
      We are excited to partner with Buckeye on this exciting initiative and encourage you to visit the farmers market on Buckeye Fresh! days.

      • August 08, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • August 22, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • 3 sessions
      • Virtual Classroom and Lab and Field Work

      Organization: Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

      Join professionals from the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (HCSWCD), Foundation for Ohio River Education (F.O.R.E)  & the Whitewater River Watershed to learn about pond maintenance and algae control. During this workshop we will cover basic pond ecology, fish stocking, types of algae and nutrient management. This workshop will be split up into two sessions. The first session will be a virtual classroom style learning session. The second session will consist of in person field and lab work. During the lab session of this course you will be able to look at water samples from your pond under the microscope. 

      Session 1: August 8th 
      Virtual Classroom Portion 

      9 am - 12 pm

      Session 2: August 22nd 
      Lab and Field Work 

      9 am - 10:30 am
      11 am - 12:30 pm
      At the time of registration your will be asked to select your preferred time for the second session.

      Registration Fee 

      $10 registration fee covers workshop materials.
      Each registrant is allowed one guest. 
      Registration is Required.
      Registration closes on August 3rd. 

      Register here.

      What to Bring During the Second Session 

      • Mask (You will be required to wear a mask during the lab and field portion of this workshop)
      •  Drink
      • Clothes and shoes to go outside during field work
      • Water sample from pond 


      UC Field Station 
      ​11053 Oxford Road
      Harrison, Ohio 45030

      • August 11, 2020
      • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
      • Virtual Event

      Organization: AIA Cincinnati

      2020 ZOOM Code Academy August 11 (ch 34)

      The IBC is an essential tool used to provide public safety, health and welfare. Designing with new materials and complex client programs can push the boundaries of a straight-forward code summary. The fifth seminar will cover Chapter 34 (Existing Buildings) of the IBC.


      Learning Objectives

      • Know how to deal with alterations to an existing building
      • How to deal with change of occupancy
      • Able to identify and describe design options; and explain any alternative methods
      • Able to deal with additions to existing buildings
      2020 Academy Code Series

      Become a Code Warrior through this seven-part, in-depth series on the International Building Code (IBC). Majed A. Dabdoub, P.E. provides a detailed overview of specific chapters of the IBC in each session. These small classes encourage participants to ask questions and engage in discussion around real-world examples of code application.

      Dabdoub studied Civil Engineering at Ohio University before earning an M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He served as a building plans examiner for the City of Cincinnati from 1987 through 2014 when he left to start his own firm which offers code consulting, training, and structural engineering services.

      Classes are the second Tuesday of each month, March through September (no class in July).

      March, chapters 3,5,6; April, chapter 10; May, chapters 7,8; June, chapter 9; August, chapter 34; September, chapter 11; October, chapter 17. 

      • August 11, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual Event

      Organization: Cincinnati Observatory

      Shooting Stars

      Time for the Perseids!

      Just in time for the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, this class can get you ready to catch some shooting stars.

      Cost: $10 per household

      Reservations are required for the online class offered through Zoom.

      Register here.

      • August 12, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual Event

      Organization: The Lloyd Library & Museum

      Our country is experiencing an unprecedented time. We are noticing a shift toward combining external, physical, and technological successes of healthcare with the internal, non-physical exploration of healing and disease prevention models. The consumer ground swell of interest in complementary therapies has created a need for more research and creative out-of-box thinking about whole person wellness, especially during these challenging times. With the arrival of COVID-19, the integrative health tsunami has finally appeared! Get ready to learn about some interesting health developments impacting our abilities to successfully quarantine.

      Learn more here.


      Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum

      Webinar logo

      Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum is a holistic clinical pharmacist, Certified Health Coach, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader, and Founder/CEO of Rx Integrative Solutions, a private holistic consulting practice in Blue Ash OH. She evaluates and makes clinical recommendations regarding her patients’ medications, supplements, and mind body spiritual aspects of their lifestyle choices and health goals. Dr. Cathy has traveled to China to study herbal research and global healthcare solutions and has written the award-winning book entitled, Don’t Sweep It Under the Drug! available in the Lloyd Library holdings.

      • August 13, 2020
      • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
      • Virtual Event

      Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

      Learn more here.

      The Breakfast of Champions is a virtual celebration of local environmental heroes who through their passion and dedication have made our community safer, cleaner, healthier, and more connected.  

      We are honored to have Robert Bilott, a partner at Taft Law firm and author of Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont, as the keynote speaker. Rob’s story of perseverance for environmental justice was made into a motion picture blockbuster Dark Waters, starring Mark Ruffalo as Robert Bilott.

      Environmental justice and the need to engage in sustainable behaviors at home, school, work, or in the community have never been more important. At the Breakfast of Champions, you will learn from Robert and other local leaders what we are doing to improve our environment and what you can do to make a difference in our community. 

      • August 13, 2020
      • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual Event

      Organization: City of Cincinnati