While national environmental headlines focus on scandals surrounding the EPA administrator, good local sustainability news is all around us. Just in the last couple of months, Fortune 500 companies based in Cincinnati have announced major sustainability goals: from 5/3 Bank’s shift to 100% renewable energy to Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste campaign to P&G’s Ambition 2030 goals. Each of these companies is a member of Green Umbrella, the regional sustainability alliance working to make sure Cincinnati stays one of the 10 most sustainable metro areas in the country. Today, Green Umbrella’s Board of Directors has more good news to share: it has appointed Cincinnati-native Ryan Mooney-Bullock as the organization’s next Executive Director.
Mooney-Bullock first got involved in Green Umbrella’s collective impact work in 2011, and is currently the organization’s Communications & Program Manager. A life-long advocate for environmental sustainability, Ryan earned a BA in Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago and an MS in Environmental Science from Antioch University New England. Her career has included research at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, an urban sustainability think tank in Chicago, teaching science at Princeton High School, and developing and managing the Civic Garden Center's Green Learning Station.
“Ryan's support of Green Umbrella’s Action Teams over the last seven months has helped them strategically advance their progress on our 2020 sustainability goals. I am looking forward to working with her as we take Green Umbrella to its next level," said Bill Scheyer, Green Umbrella Board President. Mooney-Bullock is known for her infectious passion for environmental sustainability and connecting people and organizations with shared interests. She was the board’s unanimous choice when it came time to name a new Executive Director. “Ryan has the right skill set to continue the exceptional growth Green Umbrella has experienced in recent years,” said Andy Holzhauser, Green Umbrella Board Vice-President. “She brings new ideas and possesses the drive and determination to see them through.”
Ryan follows outgoing Executive Director, Kristin Weiss. Under Weiss' leadership, Green Umbrella:
- Awarded $200,000 to organizations working to advance regional environmental sustainability goals related to local food distribution, food waste reduction, fresh food access, and energy-efficiency;
- Saw Cincinnati recognized as the #1 metro area in sustainability by Site Selection Magazine;
- Led three of its Action Teams to exceed their 2020 goals early, resulting in 116,000 acres of protected greenspace, over 2 million visits to outdoor venues in 2017, and a quadrupling of the number of places to purchase local fruits and vegetables since 2010.
“Green Umbrella’s members, Action Teams and initiatives are working every day to make the tri-state a better place to live, work, eat and play,” says Mooney-Bullock. “I look forward to making sure sustainability resonates with everyone: whether it is through employment opportunities, access to greenspace to get outside, viable transportation options, clean water, affordable energy, healthy food that supports our local economy, or creative solutions to waste.” Ryan will be stepping into the Executive Director role effective June 25. You can meet her and the rest of the Green Umbrella community at the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit on June 15.
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