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Sustainability Spotlights

Ohio Named Second Most Endangered River in Nation

National nonprofit American Rivers recently named their top ten most endangered rivers of the nation. The Ohio River claimed 2nd place, surpassed by only the Colorado River. The designation is due to significant pollution that threatens the health of the river’s ecosystems and the people dependent on the river, including the 5 million people whose primary source of water is the river. The last time the Ohio was on this list was in 1992.  

American Rivers describes the report as "a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers' fates." 

Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit Award Winners

Green Umbrella will honor two organizations and three individuals for their impact, innovation, and leadership at the 10th annual Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit. Here are this year’s Sustainability Award winners:

IMPACT Award: Sustainergy Cooperative

INNOVATION Award: Your Store of the Queen City

LEADERSHIP Award: Chris Clements (Imago), Meg Maloney (City of Dayton), and Aaron Parker (Aiken High School)

The winners will be recognized and presented with their awards at the Summit on May 12 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. 

Green Umbrella Endorses the Local Farms and Food Act

Green Umbrella and the Greater Cincinnati Food Policy Council endorses the Local Farms and Food Act of 2023 as a Marker Bill for the 2023 Farm Bill Reauthorization process. This bipartisan bill "makes programmatic reforms and increases funding to scale for existing demand, which will strengthen regional food system infrastructure and coordination, reduce barriers for participation, and ensure federal nutrition benefits support local markets."

The bill is cosponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown, Tina Smith, and Peter Welch, and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Dan Newhouse. In addition to Green Umbrella

Ways to Support Green Umbrella This Spring

There are many ways to support Green Umbrella during our 25th Anniversary Spring Appeal! In addition to financial gifts, you can sign up for community rewards from Kroger and choose Green Umbrella as your charity; contribute stocks, bonds, and mutual funds; and sign up for Community Shares through your workplace. Explore all our donation options at the link below.

And don't forget - your gift will be doubled thanks to a match from The Karen M. and Bruce J. Berno Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Thanks to their generosity, up to $12,500 of contributions received towards our $25,000 Spring Appeal goal will be matched. 

Does your organization have a green success story that you want to share? Email our Communications Coordinator at kelly@greenumbrella.org with details and you may be

featured here in Green News or on Green Umbrella's social media!

Featured Events                                                    View our full events calendar

April 26: Energy Star Portfolio Manager 7:00 pm, Faith Communities Go Green

April 29: 

New Steward Orientation & Party 1:00 pm, Common Orchard Project

Spring Trail Adventure & Fundraiser 3:00 pm, Tri-State Trails

April 30: 

NKY Earth Day Celebration 12:00 pm-4:00 pm, Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy

CORA Annual Meeting 12:30 pm, Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance

May 3: 4th St Bridge VR Open House 4:30 pm, Devon Good Foundation

May 4: Building a Better Environment 5:30 pm, AIA Cincinnati & Soapbox Cincinnati

May 6:

Annual Plant Sale 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Electronics Recycling Drop-Off 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub

May 7:

Mt. Healthy Farmer's Market 12:00 pm

Seasonal Foraging Walkabout 4:30 pm-6:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

May 9: Backyard Composting Seminar 6:30 pm, Hamilton County R3Source

May 11: Adventure Crew's 10th Anniversary Party 4:00 pm, Adventure Crew

May 12: Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit 8:00 am-4:00pm, Green Umbrella

May 13:

Family Crafting: Toad Abodes 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Trail Monitor & Nest Watching Training 11:00 am, Kenton County Parks & Recreation

Professional Development Opportunities

U.S. Green Building Council is offering an online exam prep class for those looking to earn their LEED Green Associate Exam credential. All four classes will be via Zoom on Wednesdays between April 19 and May 10.

The 2023 REBUILD Conference is creating a thoughtful discussion around sustainability within the built environment and is looking for leaders to present insights, case studies, and new technologies at the conference. Apply to speak at the conference here by May 5. 

Nominations for the USGBC East North Central Region Leadership Awards are now open through May 22. These awards recognize the best green buildings in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio each year.

The Forest Service is making up to $1 billion available in Urban and Community Forestry competitive grants for investments that are working to provide equitable access to trees, green spaces, and the benefits they provide. Proposals are due by June 1.

The Hamilton County Conservation District is hosting a Skimmer Specifications, Installation, and Maintenance Workshop on June 15 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. This workshop is geared to equip engineers, contractors, plan reviews, and inspectors with information to manage skimmers, which retrofit retention basins to function as sediment basins.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced its Building Upgrades Prize, which will award more than $22 million in cash prizes and technical assistance to teams across America with winning ideas to accelerate widespread, equitable energy efficiency, and building electrification upgrades. Phase 1 submissions will close on July 18.

Volunteer Opportunities

Local Woods Clean-Up - Civic Garden Center

State Roadway Clean-up - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Compost Diversion Volunteer - Cincinnati Zoo

Imago Amigos - Imago

Volunteer - Valley View

Volunteer Teams - Civic Garden Center

New Career Opportunities

Director of Donor Experience - Contemporary Arts Center

Executive Director - Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District

Development Director, Partner Relations Manager - LaSoupe

Market Assistant Manager, Food Rescue Coordinator - Last Mile Food Rescue

Intern - Tri-State Trails

Land Trust Intern - Cardinal Land Conservancy

Director of Planning - MetroParks of Butler County

Director of Education - Gorman Heritage Farm Foundation

AmeriCorps Program Coordinator (Part-Time) - Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Production Team Member - Our Harvest Cooperative

Summer Green Team Members, Summer Youth Leader - Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Summer Internships - Contemporary Arts Center

Marketing Engagement Coordinator, Education Manager - Great Parks

Internship - Community Earth Alliance

Arts Program Seasonal Coordinator - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

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