• September 12, 2017 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WHAT: Tri-State Trails and partner organizations will announce the vision for CROWN, the Cincinnati Riding Or Walking Network. CROWN is the plan to link multi-use trails and on-road bike lanes in Cincinnati to create an interconnected 104-mile active transportation network.

    WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Press conference will begin at 1:00 pm.

    The agenda for the press conference includes the following speakers:

    • Frank Henson, Chair, Tri-State Trails (emcee for press conference)
    • Megan Folkerth, Program Officer, Interact for Health
    • Jack Sutton, Executive Director, Great Parks of Hamilton County
    • Wade Walcutt, Director, Cincinnati Park Board
    • Brendon Cull, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
    • Bob Koehler, Deputy Executive Director/Transportation Manager, OKI Regional Council of Governments

    Light refreshments from Coffee Emporium will be available to attendees. A short bike ride on the Ohio River Trail will follow. A limited number of Red Bikes will be provided free of charge, complements of Red Bike.

    Tri-State Trails will live stream the press conference via Facebook using the hashtag #CROWNcincinnati.

    WHERE: Smale Riverfront Park on the Ohio River Trail, just east of the base of the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

    Parking is readily available in the Central Riverfront Garage on the Ohio River Scenic Byway (US 52), across the street from Smale Riverfront Park.

    CONTACT: Wade Johnston, Director, Tri-State Trails, wade@greenumbrella.org or 513.541.1538

    Twitter: @TriStateTrails | www.tristatetrails.org

  • August 16, 2017 4:25 PM | Anonymous

    During this bountiful time in the growing season, many member groups are hosting events which celebrate and promote local food that is healthy and sustainable. Click on the events below for more information:

  • August 14, 2017 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    Green Umbrella and Xavier Leadership Center have partnered to offer the Sustainable Climate Change Leadership Certificate. This certificate series is led by an industry expert and designed to incorporate practical and interactive learning, focusing on key disciplines of sustainability. A 10% discount is available for members of Green Umbrella! Click here to learn more. 

  • August 04, 2017 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    Next week (Aug. 6 - 12) is National Farmers Markets Week. Now is a great time to expand your local food shopping and support local farmers. Shopping at a farmers market is a great way to make an impact because Farmers Markets:

    • Preserve America’s rural livelihoods and farmland. Farmers markets provide one of the only low-barrier entry points for beginning farmers, allowing them to start small, test the market, and grow their businesses.
    • Stimulate local economies. Growers selling locally create 13 full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned. Those that do not sell locally create 3.
    • Increase access to fresh, nutritious food. Several studies have found lower prices for conventional and organic produce at farmers markets than at supermarkets. Due to this and other factors, 52% more SNAP households shop at farmers markets and from direct marketing farmers today than in 2011.
    • Support healthy communities. Farmers market vendors educate their shoppers. Four out of five farmers selling at markets discuss farming practices with their customers, and three in five discuss nutrition and how to prepare food.
    • Promote sustainability. Three out of every four farmers selling at farmers markets say they use practices consistent with organic standards

    Need to know where to get started? Check out the CORV guide to find the farmers market nearest you and commit to spending just 10% of your grocery budget on local foods. If you shop with SNAP benefits, be sure to ask if the market offers Produce Perks. You can get up to $10 per week for every $10 worth of produce that you purchase with SNAP at participating vendors.

    Fun fact: If 10% of the regional population shifts 10% of their food dollars to local food, it will result in over $56,000,000 infused into our local economy!

  • August 02, 2017 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    Tri-State Trails and Interact for Health are seeking volunteers to help collect trail user intercept surveys in August through October. Help us gather qualitative data to tell the story of trail use in Greater Cincinnati. All volunteers will receive a Tri-State Trails Nalgene water bottle, a bike tire patch kit, and our eternal gratitude. Click here to sign up for one or more 3-hour survey windows on a trail near you!

  • July 19, 2017 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    Green Umbrella is hiring! After 3+ years on the job, Amy Yokel will be leaving Green Umbrella to pursue new opportunities in the science world. We wish her well and are now seeking someone to fill her shoes. You can view the position description hereapplications are due by August 2nd to Green Umbrella with a start date of late August. 

  • July 15, 2017 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    Green Umbrella, in partnership with Great Parks of Hamilton County, hosted the 12th annual Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo at Winton Woods on July 14. Thousands of our region's children came out to climb, fish, dig for fossils, ride a bike and much more! Our thanks to all involved, especially 40+ volunteers from GU member Duke Energy! View photos from the day on our Facebook page.

  • June 29, 2017 4:12 PM | Anonymous
    For Immediate Release

    For more information contact:
    Amy Yokel, Amy@greenumbrella.org513.541.1538
    Communications & Program Manager, Green Umbrella


     Green Umbrella & Partners Help 5,000 Children Experience the Great Outdoors

    CINCINNATI, OH – Many of us remember exploring the wonders of nature as kids – from splashing in a creek or paddling on a waterway, to catching a fish or viewing the sky through a powerful telescope. For children whose access to greenspace is limited, these experiences may be harder to come by, if not for the Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo. This free interactive outdoor and environmental education event is the largest of its kind in the Midwest, and it returns to the Tri-State for the 12th year on Friday, July 14 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm at Winton Woods Harbor.

    Green Umbrella and Great Parks of Hamilton County are partnering to host the event, where 5,000 children are expected to take part in activities such as rafting, fishing, rock-climbing and much more. All children and families are welcome to attend, and it is through the generous support of sponsors that Green Umbrella is able to provide free bus transportation to approximately 2,500 children participating in camps and summertime programs from all over the Greater Cincinnati region. For Green Umbrella, it’s an important way to encourage an appreciation for the outdoors and help grow the next generation of environmental stewards. For many of these children, it is an experience in the outdoors they’ll never forget.

    Also helping to make this day happen is Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures, a local family owned business. Each year, Morgan’s donates rafts and paddles so that every kid who attends the event has the chance to paddle – many for their first time ever. "For 50 years, the Morgan family has been sharing our love for nature by offering unforgettable experiences in the outdoors. This is one more way that we get to do that, and give back to our community at the same time,” says Gary Morgan of Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures.

    With partners such as Morgan’s, Kids Expo has been able to grow in size and scope, offering over 60 activities and exhibitors, each taking part in one of four focus areas:
    • Let’s Move! Children will run, jump, play, climb, dance and learn what to eat, so that they can always keep their body healthy and active.
    • Let’s Splash! Children will go fishing in Winton Lake, learn all about water quality and safety, and paddle in a raft on Winton Lake.
    • Let’s Explore! Children will get up close and personal with nature and wildlife, learning all about what they may find in their own backyard.
    • Let’s Go Green! Children will discover what they can do to become a steward of the environment: planting, composting, recycling, and gardening, all to care for our planet.
    The Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo is open to the public and is rain or shine (no rain date). Winton Woods Harbor is located across the street from 10245 Winton Road. To learn more about the event, visit www.meetmeoutdoors.org/kids-expo.

    The Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo is made possible by these generous sponsors: Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Interact for Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, CLIF Bar, Mayerson Foundation and Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures.


    [Photo Credit: Bryn Weller]


                    Green Umbrella is the leading alliance working to maximize the environmental sustainability of Greater Cincinnati. We drive 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.

  • June 22, 2017 2:12 PM | Anonymous

    Kids Outdoors! A Green Umbrella Success Story

    Outdoor activities provide well-documented health benefits, both physical and mental.

    Nature brings us “good tidings,” as John Muir wrote so simply a century ago.  More explicitly, best-selling author Richard Louv tells us that “direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults.”

    But many children instead spend their time looking at those oh-so-addictive screens.  Many more live in paved urban areas where access to greenspace may be limited.

    Introducing children to the wonders of outdoor adventure can result in healthier citizens and a more sustainable community.

    Green Umbrella addresses the issue with the annual Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo, one of the nation’s largest outdoor recreation and nature education events for children.  This free event for children ages 5 to 12 features activities designed to let kids move, splash, explore, and discover nature.

    On a morning in July families, day camps, recreation centers, and other participants bring some 5,000 children to a spacious local park.  Buses from all over the city provide special opportunities for many children, some of whom rarely leave their urban neighborhoods.  The bus transportation is free, with participation limited only by funding available to Green Umbrella.

    On arrival, kids find more than sixty activities and exhibits to enjoy.  In 2017, the event’s twelfth year, they can have fun participating in active adventures including

    • Let’s move!  Learn about safety, nutrition, and health — run, jump, climb, dance, and complete an obstacle course.
    • Let’s explore!  Learn about nature and wildlife — discover and get up close with things found in our own back yards.
    • Let’s splash!  Learn about aquatic life and water safety — fish, paddle, and get drenched with knowledge.
    • Let’s be green!  Learn how to care for our world by reducing, reusing, and recycling — plant, garden, and make crafts from reused material.

    The people who make Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo happen are staff from Green Umbrella and Great Parks of Hamilton County, volunteers from our Outdoor Action Team and member organizations, and exhibitors.  Providing thousands of children with unique experiences and lasting memories is rewarding work for all.  Funds from sponsorships and donations make the event possible.

    Green Umbrella considers the equity aspects of Kids Expo especially important.  Our sustainability mission extends to all citizens of our region, and the inclusion of those with more limited opportunities is a benefit for everyone.

    Children who learn to enjoy nature can become the next generation of healthy stewards of the environment.

    Written by Bob Temple, longtime member of Green Umbrella's Board of Trustees.


    Green Umbrella is the leading alliance working to maximize the environmental sustainability of Greater Cincinnati. We drive 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.

  • June 22, 2017 11:05 AM | Anonymous

    In the last month, members of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council (FPC) have been involved in two important successes for creating a healthier, equitable, sustainable food system in our region. These are exciting first steps for Council in accomplishing their 2017-2019 Policy Agenda:

    • Cincinnati City Council passed an Urban Agriculture motion on June 1 directing city departments to work together to increase access and reduce the costs of city land for urban agriculture. Thanks to Alan Wight, Denisha Porter, Robin Henderson, Tevis Foreman and all the others on the FPC who helped facilitate the conversations with the right people!
    • The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued guidelines on "Sharing Tables", allowing students who have whole, unopened food they will not eat to place the food on a common table for others to consume and for distribution through weekend backpack programs and food pantries. Thanks to Jenny Lohman, Kelly Schwegman and members of the Assessment, Planning, Zoning and Food Waste work group for sharing their knowledge and helping spur ODH to issue this guidance.
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