The Green Issue 2016: Small Steps, Big Change

April 20, 2016 2:18 PM | Anonymous

Source: City Beat

The theme of this year’s Green Issue — our annual and fully recyclable print edition dedicated to exploring local eco issues and advances — is “Small Steps, Big Change.” Every year around Earth Day, we take a second to evaluate our impact and ask a couple of questions like, “What’s my carbon footprint and how can I reduce it?” “Should I be biking more?” and “Why isn’t my compost working?”  We also take a second to notice the people in our community working to make Cincinnati a healthier and more sustainable place to live, like those highlighted in the following articles:
  • Starting Small: Cincinnati's first tiny living project aims to create affordable and sustainable urban housing
  • Pocked-Sized Power: Water-purifying packets distributed by a local nonprofit are helping rural Kenyans affected by HIV/AIDS
  • On-Point Natural Nails: OTR's Spruce nail salon offers eco-friendly services and modern manicures for conscious consumers
  • Sustainable Cincinnati: City moving forward with proposed greening goals
  • Go Green: Sustainable events in Cincinnati and beyond
But if you’re ready to quit reading now and just want all this distilled down to a Top 10, you’re in luck, because Kristin Weiss, executive director of local sustainability alliance Green Umbrella, gave us the organization’s top things you can do right now to help make Greater Cincinnati one of the most sustainable cities in America by 2020.

Green  Umbrella's Top 10 Tips 

Eat Local: Take the Local Food Pledge to shift 10 percent of your food budget to locally grown food. According to Weiss, if just 10 percent of Greater Cincinnati pledges to shift 10 percent of their food budget to locally produced food, it will generate more than $52 million for the local economy. “For the average family, taking the pledge means shifting $12 a week to local food,” she says. “Buying locally grown fruits and vegetables sustains local farmers, tastes better and is more nutrient-dense and requires less energy to get to you.” Get Outdoors: Green Umbrella partner helps connect users with outdoor events and activities. You can also check out our green listings on page 20. Go Solar: Get a free assessment and see if your home is solar-ready. Select Native Plants: When you plant, choose native trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses. Become a Transit-Friendly Destination: Apply for your workplace or business to become a certified Transit-Friendly Destination.  Recycle: Help reduce landfilled paper and cardboard, which is 67 percent of the waste stream for an average office.  Choose Active Transportation: Bike, walk or run, especially for errands within two miles. Know Your Watershed: Volunteer for citizen water-quality monitoring and watershed cleanup events. Plant a Tree: Join the region’s effort to plant 2 million trees by 2020.  Plan to Attend: Learn how to build a more environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant region at the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit on June 10. (Learn more about the summit at
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