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

    • January 08, 2020
    • (EST)
    • November 18, 2020
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Virtual event
    • 79
    Register


    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 - via zoom (register to receive link)
    • UPDATED DATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2:30-4:30 pm - via zoom (register to receive link) 

    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.

    Objectives:

    • 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 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 


      • September 16, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • December 16, 2020
      • (EST)
      • 4 sessions
      • Virtual Event

      Organization: USGBC

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      The virtual series will run from May through December.

      Due to the public health situation with COVID-19, USGBC has canceled all in-person events for 2020. USGBC communities in the East North Central region quickly pivoted and transitioned some of our timeliest in-person event content into a series of engaging monthly webinars.

      Forging ahead together—virtually

      The new Road to a Resilient Heartland Webinar Series is designed to build energy and excitement for our in-person conference debuting in 2021, while delivering important education content the community needs now.

      Registration is not yet open, but we hope you will help us in our commitment to LEED Zero and join us as a sponsor.

      The series will be delivered as eight, live webinars running from May through December. Each webinar will offer one hour of LEED specific continuing education and an opportunity for attendee participation.

      Session information

      Sessions will include a wide array of green building topics that were slated for our inaugural Regional Conference - Resilient Heartland. We hope you will join us at one or more of these exciting sessions:

      To support this effort for green building engagement and education moving forward, please join us as series sponsor or a webinar sponsor. If you would like more information, please email us. We look forward to moving forward, together.


      • October 06, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • October 27, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • 4 sessions
      • Boone County Arboretum, 9190 Camp Ernst Rd, Union, 41091

      Organization: Boone County Arboretum

      Summary

      REGISTRATION NOW REQUIRED. See link for other procedural changes. Volunteers join up with Arboretum staff every Tuesday morning through October to help with our plant collection maintenance needs.

      Full Description

      A staff member will guide volunteers from our initial meeting site to various areas around the Arboretum, and lead them through the day's project depending on season and maintenance needs. Projects typically include installing new plants, light pruning, and planting bed maintenance but can also consist of other needs such as plant label assembly or off-site plant/seed collection trips.

      VOLUNTEER PROGRAM COVID-19 CHANGES

      New safety procedures have been established to protect staff, volunteers, and public visitors alike - the following is a summary of the procedures directly relating to the volunteer program:

      • Volunteers must pre-register for EACH volunteer event to ensure a max number of participants is not exceeded, and so staff can be prepared with appropriate amount of PPE, sanitizer, and clean equipment.
      • Volunteers are encouraged to bring and use their own hand tools if possible (preferably labeled with the volunteer's name). Typically useful are hand pruners, garden trowel, weeding tools, shovel/spade, pitch fork. The Arboretum will also have tools available, but proper sanitization is required between each person using it. (Thus why it is easier if most people just bring their own.)
      • Volunteers must conduct safety self-checks (just as staff do every morning) prior to arrival at the Arboretum --- confirm to yourself you are NEGATIVE for ALL of these symptoms (not related to a chronic/ preexisting condition): ♦ Fever ♦ Repeated shaking with chills ♦ Sudden onset of aches/ pains ♦ Headache ♦ Recent loss of taste/ smell ♦ Chills ♦ Cough ♦ Shortness of Breath ♦ Sore throat ♦ Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea ♦ Tested positive for Covid-19, had known exposure to Covid-19, or been in contact with someone who is being evaluated for Covid-19 within the previous 14 days.
      • We will still meet at our usual starting spot -- the first parking lot to the left just inside the Arboretum's driveway entrance (look for the flagpole).
      • Before starting their shift, volunteers will sign an agreement form indicating they are negative for every point of the safety self-check (see above) as administered on that particular day.
      • Staff and volunteers must wear face masks/ coverings ("N95" not required) over their mouth and nose while in close proximity to each other. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own masks, but the Arboretum will provide masks for volunteers without their own.
      • Hands will be washed or sanitized as frequently as realistically possible; tool handles sanitized before and after each shift, and between use by different people.
      • Limit the amount of time spent in close proximity -- instructional periods are fine (with masks and appropriate distancing), but no unnecessary congregating.
      • No volunteer transport in county- or staff-owned vehicles, golf carts, etc. (Specific new procedures must be followed if more than one person is in a vehicle, even among staff.)
      • Volunteers may wish to drive their own vehicle (rather than walk) from our initial meeting site to the particular work site of the day, but carpooling is strongly discouraged.
      • At least for now, our usual lunches at the end of Tuesday volunteer shifts are cancelled, pending further guidance on this specific matter.


      • October 09, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • October 31, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • 6 sessions
      • Parky's Farm 10073 Daly Rd, Cincinnati, OH, 45231

      Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

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      What to Know:

      Pick out the perfect pumpkin! Decorate your pumpkin and interact with some farm animals.  Admission includes a Little Spooker-sized pumpkin. We are following protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Ohio Department of Health. Physical distancing and sanitation recommendations will be followed. Children must be accompanied by a paid, participating adult. Total program registration is limited to no more than 9 guests. Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm ($8.00/person, register 1 day in advance)

      Register to the calendar link here.

      • October 09, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • October 24, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • 5 sessions
      • Various Locations

      Organization: Civic Garden Center


      Friday, October 16 - Civic Garden Center (2715 Reading Rd, 45206)

      Saturday, October 17 - Spring Grove Community Garden (4680 Chickering Ave, 45232)

      Friday, October 23 - Glean & Share Community Garden (2627 Stanton Ave, 45206)

      Saturday, October 24 - Glean & Share Community Garden (2627 Stanton Ave, 45206)

      Learn more: https://www.civicgardencenter.org/volunteer/

      Sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094fa5a622a7fd0-fall

      Email volunteer@civicgardencenter.org

      • October 14, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • October 23, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • 3 sessions
      • Virtual Event

      Organization: AIA Cincinnati

      AIA Cincinnati's Local Advocacy Working Group put together a list of questions for the five candidates running for two seats on the Hamilton County Commission. See their responses on our 2020 Election Resource Page and meet them during Zoom Coffee with the Candidates to learn more about their positions:

      October 14 (Herman Najoli) 8:00 am - 8:45 am

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      October 15 (Denise Driehaus) 8:30 am - 9:15 am

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      and October 23 (Andy Black) 9:00 am -9:45 am


      • October 15, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • November 17, 2020
      • (EST)
      • 3 sessions
      • Virtual Event

      Organization: Civic Garden Center

      Series available for $10/class or $25 the whole series. See class descriptions below or click here to register.

      Today’s Globalized Food System

      Date/Time: Thursday, October 15th, 6-7pm
      Instructor: Karen Kahle, Director of the Civic Garden Center
      Cost: $10, Free for Volunteers (Volunteers must call to register)
      Registration: Click Here! 

      For decades, alternative food movements promoting local markets and sustainable production methods have sought to expand their reach in the face of growing social inequities and a changing climate. But lower prices and abundant supply offered by the global food system were serious headwinds. Now that the pandemic has shown just how fragile that system is, it’s time to seize the moment to build real change that prioritizes diversity and resilience. In this class we will discuss the current state of our global food system and the need to reform it in light of its environmental and social impacts.

      Building a Resilient Food System

      Date/Time: Thursday, October 29th, 6-7pm
      Instructor: Karen Kahle, Director of the Civic Garden Center
      Cost: $10, Free for Volunteers (Volunteers must call to register)
      Registration: Click Here!

      Over the next few months and years, significant thought will be given to the lessons we need to learn from the coronavirus pandemic, its impact on the global economy, the rapid way in which it spread across the global population and the impact it is having on our daily lives. Join us for this class to explore how we can build resilient food systems that give us the ability to better endure a crisis in the future.

      Sustainable Eating

      Date/Time: Thursday, November 12th, 6-7pm
      Instructor: Kylie Johnson, Green Learning Station Coordinator
      Cost: $10, Free for Volunteers (Volunteers must call to register)
      Registration: Click Here!

      Our everyday consumer choices have far-reaching effects on the world around us, especially when it comes to our diets and cooking habits. Making your home kitchen more eco-friendly doesn’t have to be overwhelming, even small steps can lead to meaningful change. In this class we’ll give you the tips, tricks and recipes to green up your kitchen.

      • October 22, 2020
      • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual Event

      Organization: Adventure Crew

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      Join Adventure Crew in celebration as we look back at all we accomplished in the past year and set our eyes on new goals for the future. We want to take special time to thank all of our supporters, partners, and advocates!

      RSVP HERE and you will be sent a link to the virtual celebration prior to the event.

      • October 22, 2020
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
      • Campsite Sculpture Park, 2866 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225

      Organization: Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council


      You're invited to an outdoor film screening of Kiss the Ground!

      Where: Campsite Sculpture Park, 2866 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225

      When: Thursday October 22, 6:00-9:00pm 

      6:00 pre-film panel discussion with local regenerative farmers and researchers (film will begin around 7:00 pm):

      • Drausin Wulsin, Regenerative Farmer, Grassroots Farm and Foods
      • Jim Linne, Regenerative Farmer, White Clover Farm
      • Chad Bitler, Research Director, Greenacres Foundation
      • Dawn Knickerbocker, Executive Vice President, Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition
      • Nicole Gunderman, Director of Education, Gorman Heritage Farm

      Description: Narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground is an inspiring and groundbreaking film that reveals the first viable solution to our climate crisis.

      Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.

      This movie is positioned to catalyze a movement to accomplish the impossible – to solve humanity’s greatest challenge, to balance the climate and secure our species future.

      *** This is an in-person event. Masks and social distancing are mandatory. BYOC - bring your own chair. ***

      Thank you to our co-hosts Campsite Sculpture Park, Realicide, Gorman Heritage Farm and Greenacres Foundation!


      • October 22, 2020
      • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual Event

      Organization: Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

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      Learn more here.

      During these challenging times, Ohioans have come together like none other and have become trailblazers nationally in the nation's fight against COVID-19 (Coronavirus). What makes this possible is the immense sense of pride of all Ohioans in putting the State before our regional differences. Sure, we love a good matchup between the Reds and the Indians, or between The Columbus Crew SC and FC Cincinnati, but we always are Buckeyes first.

      In this spirit, during these hard times, three Ohio SWCDs, Franklin, Cuyahoga, and Hamilton have come together in yet another initiative that breaks down regional differences and unites us on what we hold common – Community, Conservation, and the fact that we are all Ohioans. Here is an opportunity for people all over Ohio, the Nation, and the World to get a bird’s eye view of the conservation work that is happening in these three regions of Ohio. The meeting will be live on Zoom’s webinar platform and can be accessed from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. The proceedings will involve presentations, videos, and updates of all the groundbreaking work being done in conservation. After the meeting, there will be a Facebook room where guests can hang out for some social interaction. We hope you can join us on this amazing journey as we talk about conservation starting at the magnificent Lake Erie, flowing past the great Scioto River, and end up at the southern shores of Ohio in the beautiful Ohio River.

      • October 22, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual Event

      Organization: Cincinnati Observatory

      Mars

      How to Get to the Red Planet

      Hitch a ride from Earth to Mars and orbit the planet with NASA's robotic crafts.  Then fly down to the surface and get a rover's view of the Martian terrain.  Finally, what would it be like to live on Mars?

      Cost: $10 Per household

      Advance registration is required.  After signing up, if you can't attend the class live, you will get a link to view the recording of the class later at your convenience.

      Click to Register.

      • October 23, 2020
      • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
      • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

      Organizations: Green Energy Ohio and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

      The Green Energy Ohio Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held on October 23 at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden! Voted Greenest Zoo in America, the Cincinnati Zoo is the perfect location to celebrate GEO's 20th Anniversary. Details and registration information will be coming soon, as well as some exciting new features.

      In addition to our Green Achievement Awards in the Business, Academic, Nonprofit and Community/Government categories, we are presenting two awards to leaders whose public service over time has supported and advanced the GEO mission.

      The 20th Anniversary Green Leadership Award for Service to the State will be presented to Governor Ted Strickland

      The 20th Anniversary Green Leadership Award for Service to the Region will be presented to Brewster Rhoads

      Both men's careers represent an unwavering commitment and outstanding leadership on sustainable energy development, environmental protection, natural resource enhancement, and improved quality of life for Ohioans.



      • October 23, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
      • California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230

      Organization: Cincinnati Parks


      Register Here.

      Friday, October 23rd, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

      California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230

      The NATURAL choice for pre-Halloween festivities! Bring your family, bring your friends. Enjoy an evening of (not so) spooky campfire stories around a campfire atop a beautiful bluff at California Woods. 

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

      • October 23, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual Event

      Organization: Green Energy Ohio


      Join us for the presentation of the 2020 Green Achievement Awards and keynote remarks from Congressman Ro Khanna!

      Register Here.

      You won't want to miss this program!

      Green Energy Ohio has decided to move our Annual Awards Ceremony and 20th Anniversary event to a virtual format this year. Gathering virtually will give GEO friends from all regions of the state a chance to celebrate with us.

      View our Program Agenda!

      Learn more about our Award Winners!

      Thank you to our generous sponsors!


      • October 24, 2020
      • (EDT)
      • Wherever you plant your tree

      Organization: Taking Root