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Sustainability Spotlights

Maddie Chera announced as new Director of the Food Policy Council

Green Umbrella is excited to announce Maddie Chera as the new Director of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council. Maddie has served as the GCRFPC's Food Systems Analyst since May 2021 and brings over a decade of experience in research, education, and nonprofit work to her new role. Maddie holds a PhD in Anthropology of Food and the Environment from Indiana University, with a focus on food and the environment. As Director, she will continue to convene partners across the Greater Cincinnati Region to collaborate on and advance the critical advocacy and program work central to the Food Policy Council's mission. Get in touch with Maddie by scheduling time during her office hours

CPS Outside Spotlight: Allie Mondini, Walnut Hills High School

Allie Mondini, educator and Bio-Eco Club Advisor at Walnut Hills High School, has always been passionate about the importance of getting students outside and into natural environments. In her role at Walnut Hills, Allie helps chair a number of projects focused on environmental education and hands-on outdoor learning. The club's recent Walnut Woods of Evanston "Treeforestation" project aims to create a new park and outdoor land lab that can be used by the Evanston community and Walnut Hills students. Allie, alongside partners at the Civic Garden Center and Cincinnati Parks, is working with students to clean up the area, build a functional trail system, remove invasive species, and restore the ecological function of the space. Volunteer to help with the project  on May 14 & June 11, from 9am-12pm. Register here!

Join Green Umbrella & Tri-State Trails for May Green Drinks on 5/20

May is National Bike Month! Come celebrate with us at our next Green Drinks on Friday, May 20th for an evening with big river views, live music, and cycling camaraderie. The fun starts at 5:00 pm, when we'll meet at Bridgeview Box Park @ Newport on the Levee and embark on a short guided bike ride to the KY 8 Licking River Bridge for a discussion about future pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Drinks & networking will be from 6:00-8:00 pm and $1 from every West 6th beer sold will support our regional Pop-Up Bike Shops. Learn more about how Tri-State Trails is working to connect people and places with a regional trail and bikeway network that enhances vibrancy and equity in our community. You can also check out the Queen City Bike calendar for a variety of rides and activities throughout the month.

Sustainability in the Headlines

Featured Events                                                            View our full events calendar

Apr 27:

Wasted Food Stops with Us Day 7:00 am-7:00 pm, Hamilton County R3Source

ElevateEquity Demo Day 4:30 pm, Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub

Barrows Conservation Lectures 7:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Apr 28: Our Local Food System: The Case for Hope 6:00-7:30 pm, Civic Garden Center 

Apr 29: West Cleanup: Trash, Tires & More 3:30 pm, Oxbow Inc.

Apr 30:

17th Annual Flower-a-thon Fundraiser 9:30 am, Western Wildlife Corridor

Green Building Tour Series: Bunge Residence 11:00 am-12:00 pm, USGBC

Green Gala 5:00-8:00 pm, Ohio Environmental Council

May 3: Backyard Composting Seminar 6:30 pm, Hamilton County R3Source

May 4: Agraria Land Walk 5:00-6:00 pm, Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice

May 6: Taste of the Season: Spring Greens 6:30-8:30 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

May 7:

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

Whimsical Wildflower Trail 10:00-11:30 am, Cincinnati Parks

Wildflower Walk 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Boone County Conservation District

May 8: Mother's Day Wildflower Walk & Craft 1:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

May 10: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 7:30-9:00 pm, Oxbow Inc.

May 11: Full Council Meeting 2:30-4:00 pm, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

Professional Opportunities

The Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit is happening on June 16th! Secure your spot today and join hundreds of passionate business, nonprofit, government, and community leaders at our biggest event of the year. Visit our website to view the program schedule and speaker line-up.

The Cincinnati 2030 District is hosting their first District Summit on June 15th. This half-day mini-conference will serve as a pre-conference to this year's Sustainability Summit, and will feature a partner expo, educational sessions, keynote by Mark Fisher of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and a happy hour networking session. Register today

emersion DESIGN is co-hosting the annual ReBuild conference on 10/5, focused on sustainability issues and business solutions. View their Call for Presentations and apply by 5/6 to be considered for a break-out session. 

Boone County Solid Waste has started their annual Trash for Cash program. The organization will donate $100 to each county centerline-road mile cleaned per registered organization, up to a maximum of 5 miles. Find out more information by watching this videoApplications to register are open from 3/1 to 8/31, and the program runs from 4/1 to 9/30.

Cincinnati Parks is now a host site for the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program. This is a research-based education program supported by OSU. Become a certified Volunteer Naturalist this year and help to spread environmental education to the public! Applications are open now, the program runs from 9/10 to 11/12.

Hamilton County R3Source is currently having their Spring 2022 Community Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale. Begin better, more sustainable habits this year by starting your very own backyard compost bin or rain barrel! Orders must be placed by 6/2, and purchases picked up on 6/4. Attend one of their composting seminars, and receive a $20 off coupon.

The City of Cincinnati is updating the Green Cincinnati Plan, a comprehensive set of goals and recommendations to address climate change and advance the sustainability, equity, and resilience of the city. Help shape the next iteration of the plan by completing the city's community climate survey today! 

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) is accepting applications for the second annual round of Transit Infrastructure Fund (TIF) grants toward road, bridge, sidewalk and more throughout Metro’s Hamilton County service area. Applications are due on 6/30. 

The City of Cincinnati offers Energy Equity Grants to support energy efficiency upgrades in low-income multifamily buildings and provide energy efficiency education for renters and building owners. Property owners can apply by 7/1.

New Volunteer Opportunities

Educational Docent - MetroParks of Butler County

Food Rescue Hero - Last Mile Food Rescue


New Job Opportunities

Project Manager, Trails Monitoring & Events Intern - Tri-State Trails

Food System Research Consultant - Produce Perks Midwest

Vegetable Farmer Assistant - Barefoot Design

Park Maintenance Technician II - MetroParks of Butler County

Development Project Manager - Divert

Seasonal Intern/Coop Position, Urban/Design Technician 1 - HCCD

Environmental Services Coordinator, Community Engagement Coordinator - KCB

Landscape Crew Leader - Our Land Organics

Camp Manager/Environmental Educator - Gorman Heritage Farm

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