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Sustainability Spotlights

Seeking PT Farm to School Coordinator to Increase Local Food Purchasing

Green Umbrella is looking for a Farm to School Coordinator part time contractor to support ongoing grant-funded work to increase purchasing of local foods by schools in our region. This includes continuing the roll out of the successful Feed Our Future marketing campaign. Check out the position listing on our Green Jobs board and share it with those you think might be interested. Proposals are due February 28.

Celebrate CSA Week and Support Our Local Farms

Green Umbrella and the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council is excited to join our region’s farmers in celebrating national CSA Week (February 20-26). CSA Week is the most popular time to sign-up for a CSA, or community supported agriculture. This weekly subscription of seasonal products (veggies, eggs, meat, flowers, etc.) enables each of us to share a local farm’s bounty. Learn more on the Food Policy Council blog.

Join Mayor Aftab Pureval @ Cincinnati 2030 District New Year Kick-Off

Join the Cincinnati 2030 District and Mayor Aftab Pureval on Tuesday, February 22, for an in-person 2030 District New Year Kick-Off event, sponsored by Thompson Hine and Blue Ocean Solids. Meet other District partners, hear about our District's progress and learn what's in store for 2022. Registration required. Free for 2030 District partners; $25 for guests and prospective District partners.

Food for Freedom: A Black History Month Experience

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown a widespread disparity of access to not only quality healthcare, but to quality food that negatively impacts outcomes for Black communities. The root of these issues run deep, and back centuries beginning with slavery and, later, a lack of opportunities based on racial discrimination. On Tuesday, February 22 at 6:00 pm, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council director Michaela Oldfield will join local change agents Mona Jenkins, founder of Gem City Market, and Amaha Sellassie, Founder of Gem City Market, for a meaningful discussion that seeks to incite a

greater vision of social and economic justice; improved nutrition and health; and community activism while addressing the disproportionate burden of social barriers to healthy foods.

Featured Events                                                    View our full events calendar

Feb 18:

Winter Naturalist 101 Series: Birding 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

Annual Moonlit Evening Winter Walk 7:00 pm, Oxbow Inc

Feb 19:

Green Home Tour - LEED Platinum Renovation in OTR 11:00 am-12:00 pm, USGBC Ohio

Maple Tapping and Tasting 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

Feb 19-20: Maple Sugaring Days 12:00-4:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Feb 22: 

2030 District New Year Kick-Off 4:00 pm, Cincinnati 2030 District

Food for Freedom: A Black History Month Experience 6:00 pm, Greater Cincinnati Food Policy Council

Feb 23:

Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening: Seed Starting 6:00-7:30 pm, Civic Garden Center

E-Bike as a Car Replacement 7:00 pm, Devou Good Foundation

Feb 24: The Park Board: Time for a Refresh? 7:00 pm, Woman's City Club

Feb 25: 

Regional Trail & Bikeway Committee 9:00 am, Tri-State Trails

Winter Tree ID 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Boone County Conservation District

Feb 26:

2022 Great Tree Summit 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Taking Root

The Forest Calls to Us: Writing Children's Stories in Nature 10:00am-12:30 pm, Lloyd Library & Museum

Conservation & Water Quality in the Miami Valley 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Agraria

Chickens in Your Backyard 1:00-3:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

A Decade of Safer Stairs + Alleys 2:00-5:00 pm, Spring in Our Steps

Feb 27:

Early Spring Waterfowl Migration 8:00am, Oxbow Inc

Maple Syrup Making & Guided Sap Collecting Hikes Cincinnati Nature Center

Local University Activists Talk About Climate Change 4:00-5:15 pm, Faith Communities Go Green

Mar 1: 

Vegetable Gardening Question and Answer 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Queen Mother's Market Cooperative Launch Party 6:00-8:00 pm, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation & Co-Op Cincy

Mar 3: Farm Preservation Seminar 6:00-8:00 pm, Campbell County Conservation District

Professional Opportunities

Green Umbrella is accepting award nominations (due 2/28), field trip proposals and art submissions (due 3/31) for the 2022 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit on June 16.

USGBC is accepting applications for the 2022 LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program (due 2/25).

Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offering Land Trust Grants to build land trust capacity and fund restoration projects (deadline 3/1).

AEE is hosting the AEE East Energy Conference in Cincinnati for the first time (3/23-3/34). Join energy professionals from commercial, industrial, institutional, and governmental sectors to learn about the latest energy-saving strategies, products, services, and technologies. The event will include technical sessions, networking, exploring innovative technology and more.

USDA is offering $1 Billion in funding for pilot projects that provide incentives to producers and landowners that advance climate-smart agricultural production practices. Proposals over $5 million due 4/8; proposals under $5 million due 5/27.

OEFFA is offering Beginning Farmer Pandemic Relief Microgrants of $500 to $5,000 in direct financial assistance to beginning farmers in Ohio.

Co-op Cincy is offering a Cooperative Management Certificate in partnership with the Xavier Leadership Center. The 12-week course begins in April and focuses on the power of cooperative businesses.

The Devou Good Foundation is offering $500 rebates for e-bike purchases.

Volunteer Opportunities

Horticulture Helper - Cincinnati Parks

Volunteer Opportunities - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Volunteer Opportunities - Friends of the Little Miami State Park

Volunteer Opportunities - Mill Creek Alliance

Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration Volunteers - Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition


Job Opportunities

PT Contractor: Farm to School Coordinator, RFP: Food Policy Council Strategic Plan, Event Management Intern, Development Coordinator - Green Umbrella

Community Gardens Coordinator - Civic Garden Center

Earth Steward - Ecological Landscape Crew Member Positions - Our Land Organics

Sustainability Analyst - Kroger

Director - Cincinnati Parks

Native Plant Nursery Coordinator - Great Parks of Hamilton County

System Technician - Red Bike

Summer Internship - Civic Garden Center

Water Quality Monitoring Program Coordinator - Mill Creek Alliance

Power a Clean Future Ohio Deputy Director, Clean Energy AttorneyWater Policy Fellow, Water Policy Intern, Water Advocacy Intern, Communications & Content Creation Intern, Development Intern, Legal Intern - Ohio Environmental Council

Executive Director - Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub

Volunteer Coordinator, Farm & Facilities Team Member - Agraria

Grounds & Building Maintenance, Greenhouse Production - Frankenstein's Nursery

Sales Technician - Solawna

Summer Nature Camp Intern - Imago

Teen Communications Apprentice, Teen Apprentice - Contemporary Arts Center

Crop & Land Steward - Gorman Heritage Farm

Youth Leader Assistant, Summer Youth Leader - Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Southwest Ohio Pollution Prevention Internships - Hamilton County R3Source

Environmental Education Manager - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Summer Camp Instructors - Cincinnati Zoo

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