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Sustainability Spotlight: 

"From planting orchards to building better bus benches to rain gardens and river clean up—each piece from hundreds of regional organizations adds up to Cincinnati striving to be a more sustainable, equitable city."

A recent feature story by World Wildlife Fund shines a spotlight on Cincinnati's efforts to tackle the climate crisis and build back from the pandemic. Learn how organizations like Green Umbrella, Common Orchard Project, Groundwork Ohio River Valley, Better Bus Coalition, Cincinnati Metro, Kroger Zero Hunger Zero Waste and the City of Cincinnati are working together to create climate safe neighborhoods, better transportation, and more local food with less waste.

UC to Host First Annual Environmental Justice & Advocacy Symposium

University of Cincinnati is hosting its first annual Environmental Justice and Advocacy Symposium on Friday, February 5 from 3:00-5:00 pm. The event will focus on PFAS, a family of toxic fluorinated chemicals that have been accumulating in the soil, rivers, drinking water and the human body. Among the panelists will be environmental attorney and Green Umbrella board member Rob Bilott, who has spent nearly three decades waging legal

battles with corporate giants like DuPont. Registrants will be provided free access to the film Dark Waters, inspired by his story.

Learn About New Trails & Bikeways Coming in 2021 at Tri-State Trails Winter Quarterly Meeting

It's a new year, so come learn about some new trails and bikeway projects you can look forward to in 2021. Tri-State Trails' winter quarterly meeting on January 29 will feature rapid-fire three-minute presentations from several trail managers and local governments to highlight what was built in 2020 and what's in the works for 2021. We also have some exciting news to share about a new bike map project we'll be developing over the winter - and we want your feedback.

This Month's Greenspace Gem: Battery Bates Woodland

Battery Bates is an earthen Civil War cannon battery constructed by the Union Army and civilian volunteers. The three-sided fortification is the most intact remaining structure of the ten-mile line of defensive works built in 1862-63 to protect Cincinnati against Confederate attack. Rifle trenches and an associated military road are also in the mature upland forest around the battery. It is located in the 246-acre “back-country” area of Devou Park, which is named for the family that donated the park to the City of Covington in 1910. Discover our region's many Greenspace Gems!

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Sustainability in the Headlines

Featured Member Events                         View our full events calendar. 

January 21:
Healthy Building District Launch 12:00-1:30 pm, Cincinnati 2030 District 

E-Vroom Zoom: Cleaner, Safer, Smarter Transportation 12:00-1:00 pm, EV Cincy

Moving Forward on Ohio's Energy Issues: HB6 & Beyond 3:00, Ohio Citizen Action

Sustainability 102 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

January 22: Wintry Night Hike and Fire 6:00-7:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

January 23 & 24: Maple Syrup Making & Sap Collecting Hikes Cincinnati Nature Center

January 25:
Winter Hike Series: McFarlan Woods 2:30-4:00 pm, Great Parks

Spotted Lanternflies 7:00 pm, Audubon Society of Ohio

January 26: Reinventing Metro Community Meeting 6:00 pm, Cincinnati Metro

January 27:

Celebrating Our Sheroes 12:00-1:15 pm, U.S. Green Building Council
Planning Your Garden Pt. 2
6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

January 28: Preparing for the Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Journey 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Green Umbrella

January 29: Winter Quarter Meeting 9:30-11:30 am, Tri-State Trails
January 30:

Knock on Wood: Winter Walk 10:00-11:00 am, Lloyd Library & Museum

Big Trees Hike 1:00-2:30 pm, Cincinnati Parks
Full Moon Myth and Lore Night Hike 6:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

Professional Opportunities   

City Parks Alliance Equitable Park Funding Hub provides easy access to information on funding sources for parks and recreation in low-income communities and communities of color.

Smart Growth America is hosting a free online Equity Summit, January 26-28, to promote equity and restorative justice in housing, land use and transportation decisions.

Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District is offering Waste Reduction Innovation Grants up to $10,000 to fund innovative waste reduction, reuse, food rescue, composting and recycling programs. They are hosting a webinar on January 27.

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati is offering Responsive Grants for programs that demonstrate good stewardship, measurable outcomes and impact in education, healthcare, social services and women's empowerment. Pre-applications due January 28.

Duke Energy Foundation is offering Powerful Communities K-12 Education Grants to advance energy, engineering and environmental education through student programming or teacher professional development. Applications due January 31.

Ohio EPA Recycling & Litter Prevention Program supports communities, nonprofits, businesses and academic institutions that initiate or expand recycling. Applications close February 5.

Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association's 2021 OEFFA Conference will be February 10-15 with over 80 speakers, 70 workshops, and nearly 700 hours of learning and networking.

Cincinnati Permaculture Institute's 2021 Winter Permaculture Design Course will begin February 20 with five weeks with prerecorded videos and live virtual meeting sessions. 

USDA is offering Value Added Producer Grants for planning activities or capital expenses related to producing and marketing value-added products. Applications due March 16.

Volunteer with our Members

Farm Glean and Share Volunteers - Society of St Andrew

Walnut Woods Workdays (1/18 & 2/27) - Civic Garden Center

Work with our Members

Internship at Rhinegeist Brewery, Internship at Cincinnati Art Museum - Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District
Assistant Park Manager - MetroParks of Butler County
Community Choice Aggregation Campaign Manager, Southwest Ohio Regional Coordinator/Director, Political Director, Director of Grants Management, Human Resources Manager, Environmental Policy Fellow
 - Ohio Environmental Council

Waste Reduction Programs Administrator - SWACO
Farmer - Barefoot Design

Summer Nature Camp Intern - Imago
Production Team Member - Our Harvest Cooperative

Clean Energy Consultant, Senior Strategist - Donovan Energy

Landscape Crew Member - Our Land Organics

Planning Analyst I - Cincinnati Metro

Brand Ambassador, Modern Farmer - 80 Acres Farms

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