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  • March 20, 2017 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beginning March 20, Cincinnati residents will be able to recycle clothes and small household items for free. Through a partnership with Simple Recycling, the city will offer curb-side pickup for textiles and housewares. To learn more about the program, click here.


  • March 16, 2017 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For a limited time, Nissan is offering a $10,000 incentive for its 2016 and 2017 LEAF! This discount is valid untilMarch 31, and customers must bring in their Duke Energy bill to be eligible. Along with the incentive, customers may apply for a federal tax credit of $7,500 after the purchase. To learn more, click here.

  • March 13, 2017 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City of Cincinnati is offering mini-grants to support urban agriculture in 2017. Funds are available for agricultural production and growing sites as well as aggregation distribution sites. To qualify for funding, the location of the growing site or distribution site must be within the City of Cincinnati. Applicants can be non-profit or for profit corporations and other entities may be considered. Grants are not made to individuals.

    In 2016, the City’s Urban Agriculture Program dispersed funds to 26 sites with the average grant being approximately $800.00. For the first time, in addition to the urban agriculture funds available through the Office of Environment and Sustainability, the Department of Community and Economic Development has $30,000 for land acquisition or development of new urban agriculture gardens or farms on current vacant or blighted properties.

    Attached you will find the program criteria and guidelines, as well as an application for funding. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017.

    Local food production and distribution plays an important role in addressing health, social, economic and environmental issues. This funding provides support to the urban agriculture efforts within the City.

    For more information please contact Robin Henderson at robin.henderson@cincinnati-oh.gov or at 513-352-5340

    View the criteria and application here.

  • March 10, 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Green Umbrella would like to extend a warm welcome to Danny Korman, who recently joined our staff as the new Trails Ambassador.  Danny will help support Green Umbrella's Tri-State Trails initiative.

    "We are excited to have Danny working on bicycling advocacy in an official capacity in Greater Cincinnati." stated Frank Henson, Chair of Tri-State Trails.

    A regular bicycle commuter and longtime outdoorsman, Danny brings almost 10 years experience in starting and operating a retail store, Park + Vine, which functioned as equal parts business and environmental activism.  In addition to selling goods such as bulk oats and cloth diapers, it was a business that changed how people thought about what they consumed. In addition, he has more than 15 years experience in nonprofit management and city, county, and state government in the areas of economic development, historic preservation, bicycling advocacy, marketing, media relations with television and radio appearances, writing and editing, and tourism.

  • March 10, 2017 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Green Umbrella and Xavier Leadership Center have partnered to offer the Sustainable Climate Change Leadership Certificate. This course series is led by industry experts and is designed to incorporate practical and interactive learning to focus on key disciplines of sustainability. The final spring course begins March 28 and will cover Sustainable Metrics and Reporting. A 10% discount is available for Green Umbrella members. To learn more, click here!

  • March 06, 2017 2:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ohio Food Policy Network is hosting a series of meetings to work toward developing a shared agenda for our food system, and include mapping, visioning and prioritization activities. The session for the Southwest Ohio region is on March 13 at Brink Brewery in College Hill from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. To see the full schedule of meetings and to register, click here.

  • February 27, 2017 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to open registration for the 14th Annual Great Outdoor Weekend! This year, Great Outdoor Weekend will take place September 23 & 24, 2017. This outdoor events sampler gives 10,000 people in the Greater Cincinnati area a chance to sample the wonders of nature. With your help, Great Outdoor Weekend offers over 100 events in three states over two days!

    As in previous years, we encourage each of our Green Umbrella members to host events that give you the chance to show off what you do best -- from natural science to guided hikes, climbing, gardening, fishing, paddling -- as long as it is open to the public, free and of course, outside! If you would like guidance with crafting an event or finding a host site, please get in touch with us.

    To register each of your events, please fill out this online form. Please note: registration is open to active Green Umbrella members. To renew or purchase a Green Umbrella membership, please visit our website or contact us.

  • February 23, 2017 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March's Green Drinks is right around the corner! GU's Greenspace Action Team will host the next Green Drinks at the new MadTree location in Oakley. The fun takes place on Thursday, March 2, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. RSVP here and let us know you're coming.

  • 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 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

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