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Sustainability Spotlight: 

Join Us in Celebrating Our Farmers & Learn How to Eat Local

Are you interested in supporting local farms and incorporating fresh, local food into your life and diet?

Join Green Umbrella and the Central Ohio River Valley Local Food Guide for a free virtual lunch & learn on February 26 to learn about the many opportunities to eat local. Then tune into our Facebook page March 1-12 for daily interviews celebrating the amazing farmers, distributors and markets that bring healthy foods to our tables.

2021 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit - Registration is Now Open!

The 2021 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit is less than three months away and we are excited to announce that registration is now open! Secure your spot today to take advantage of early-bird rates. All attendees will gain access to recordings of last year's conference sessions.

This year's conference will focus on innovative solutions and explore the roles that each sector plays in envisioning and creating a resilient, sustainable region. The virtual event will feature three days of sessions, a keynote by author and climate policy expert Joan Fitzgerald, and an interactive expo.

Cincinnati Among 5 Cities Selected to Collaborate on Food Waste

Cincinnati has been selected by the National Resource Defense Council to be one of five cities in the new Great Lakes cohort of their Food Matters initiative. Through this partnership, the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Recycling will work collaboratively with communities across the Midwest to develop strategies to reduce food waste and expand food rescue. 

“Cincinnati is proud of our reputation as a leader in sustainability. We’re ready to further our partnerships and commitment to reducing food waste throughout the region.” - Mayor John Cranley

Greenspace Gem: Kelley Nature Preserve

This 42-acre riverside forest preserve is protected by Clermont County Park District and has almost two miles of trails. It provides views and access to the Little Miami River. Because of the exceptional quality of the river’s aquatic ecosystem and riparian habitat, the Little Miami is designated a National Wild and Scenic River. Only one quarter of one percent of the nation’s rivers receive this distinction. The preserve also includes a three-acre prairie area that offers abundant summer wildflowers. Learn about our region's many Greenspace Gems!

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Sustainability in the Headlines

Featured Member Events                         View our full events calendar. 

Multiple Dates: Maple Syrup Making & Sap Collection, Cincinnati Nature Center

February 18: 
A Conversation About Environmental Justice 11:30 am, University of Cincinnati
Sustainable Fashion 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

How Fifth Third Bank Went Carbon Neutral 6:30 pm, Citizens Climate Lobby

February 19: Try This at Home! Maple Sugaring 1:00-2:30 pm, Cincinnati Parks

February 20:
Discover Wildlife Winter Homes 10:00-11:30 am, Community Solutions
Maple Tapping & Tasting 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

February 21: Buy Local Foods Seminar 2021 1:00-4:00 pm, keynote with GU staff
February 23: Cicadas with Dr. Gene Kritsky 7:00-8:30 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

February 24: Seed Starting & Garden Practices 6:00-7:30 pm, Civic Garden Center

February 25: 
Main Library Improvements Info Session 10:00-11:00 am, Cincinnati Public Library
It's About Time Astronomy Class 7:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

'Invisible Hand' & Rights of Nature Movement 7:00 pm, Community Earth Alliance

Sweet Talk: Discourse on Desserts 7:00-8:00 pm, Lloyd Library & Museum

February 26: 2021 Local Foods & CSA Fair 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Food Policy Council

February 27: Maple Tapping & Tasting 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

March 3: Soil Health 6:00-7:30 pm, Civic Garden Center

March 6: Local Food & Economics 10:00 am-4:30 pm, Community Solutions

Professional Opportunities   

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

Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission is hosting a free Climate Change Seminar on February 24 focused on climate justice.

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.

The Economist is hosting its sixth annual Sustainability Week, March 22-25, with four days of free sessions on actionable insights and practical solutions.

Collective Impact is hosting its annual Collective Impact Action Summit on April 27-29, 2021 to share ideas and use networks to shape the future of the practice of collective impact.

Volunteer with our Members

Community Orchard Pruning Days (2/20 & 2/27) - Common Orchard Project & Groundwork ORV

Farm Glean and Share Volunteers - Society of St Andrew

Walnut Woods Treeforestation (2/27, 4/2, 4/24, 5/15) - Civic Garden Center
Saturday Stream Snapshot (Water Testing Volunteers) - Greenacres Foundation

Board Member - Village Green Foundation

Work with our Members

Event Management Intern, Food Systems Analyst - Green Umbrella
Environmental Education Program Coordinator - Mill Creek Alliance

Naturalist - Bull's Run Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum

Conservative Outreach Director (Remote) - Citizens Climate Lobby

Horticulturist - Civic Garden Center

Mobo Bicycle Co-op Kids Day Coordinator - Village Green Foundation

Solar Project Manager - Melink
Maintenance TechnicianAdministrative Assistant - MetroParks of Butler County

Executive Assistant - Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District
Spring Youth Leader AssistantSummer Youth Leader - Groundwork ORV

Livestock/Equine Assistant, Education CoordinatorCamp CoordinatorSenior Summer Camp Counselor - Gorman Heritage Farm

Pollution Prevention Internship - Hamilton County Recycling
SW Ohio Regional Coordinator, Director of Grants Management 
- OEC

Farmer - Barefoot Design

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

Clean Energy Consultant, Senior Strategist - Donovan Energy

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