Green Umbrella Announces Funding for a Sustainable Food System

December 11, 2017 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Green Umbrella is pleased to announce two funding opportunities designed to advance regional environmental sustainability goals related to local food, food waste reduction, fresh food access, and energy-efficiency. The total amount of funding available is $125,000. Applications are due January 26, 2018 and more information can be found at

Through these grants, Green Umbrella seeks to serve as a steward of environmental funding and accelerate progress on the Greater Cincinnati region’s 2020 sustainability goals. Several funders have entrusted Green Umbrella in this effort, including the Duke Class Benefit Fund and Partners for Places – a project of the Funders Network for Smart and Livable Communities, with local matching grants provided by Interact for Health, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

The first funding opportunity, Cincy Save the Food Fund, totals $50,000, and is designed to incentivize local food organizations and businesses to develop innovative, scalable food recovery efforts. Nationally, the EPA and USDA have set joint goals for 50% food waste reduction by 2030. An average family of four wastes $1,500 a year in food they do not eat. The EPA estimates that “more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash” where it produces methane gas, a greenhouse gas that is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Amidst this waste, a quarter of local residents experienced food insecurity this past year, according to Interact for Health’s 2017 Community Health Status Survey.

The second funding opportunity, Energy-Efficient Refrigeration for the Local Food System, totals $75,000, and is being renewed for a second year, after receiving funding requests for three times the amount available last year. Improved refrigeration infrastructure is needed to strengthen regional distribution of locally grown food, improve fresh food access for the 25% of local residents who are food insecure, and reduce the 40% of food that is wasted nationally. Energy-efficient refrigeration not only has environmental benefits; it also reduces operating costs within the local food system.

Together, this funding will drive progress on the following Green Umbrella goals:

  • Advance a healthy, equitable and sustainable regional food system.
  • Double the production and consumption of fruits and vegetables grown within our region by 2020.
  • Reduce waste going to landfills by 33% by 2020 as we transition to “zero waste.”
  • Reduce energy consumption in the built environment by 15% by 2020.

For more information on the Cincy Save the Food Fund, visit:

For more information on Energy-Efficient Refrigeration for the Local Food System, visit:


Duke Class Benefit Fund: Funds from the settlement of a class action lawsuit (Williams, et al vs. Duke Energy International, et al) will be used to benefit residential (home owners, renters) and non‐residential (commercial, industrial, business, government, nonprofit) class members, defined as “all ratepayers who received retail electric generation service from Duke Energy Corp. and/or Cinergy Corp. or their subsidiaries or affiliates at any time between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2008, in the CG&E/Duke Energy Ohio electric service territory and who did not receive rebates under the side agreements.”

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