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Sustainability Spotlights

Common Orchard Project & International Compost Awareness Week

The Common Orchard Project is formally announcing the launch of their residential compost drop-off program at the Camp Washington Perennial Farm, 3220 Colerain Avenue, during a public press conference this coming Thursday, May 11 at 2:30 pm. In the past year, the Common Orchard Project has worked toward creating composting infrastructure at 20 community gardens in addition to actively composting at the Camp Washington Perennial Farm. Weekly, the Farm currently composts a thousand pounds of food scraps collected by Queen City Commons, with the capacity to reach six thousand pounds per week, or 300,000 lbs per year.

The launch of this program coincides with International Compost Awareness Week, which highlights the benefits and importance of composting food scraps instead of adding them to landfills. When food decomposes in landfills, it releases methane gas, up to 20% of all methane emissions. When food scraps are composted, they create nutrient-rich soil amendment that helps prevent carbon from returning to the atmosphere, improves water conservation, and mitigates soil erosion. 

25th Anniversary Fundraiser Update

Thanks to outstanding support from our community, we’ve made a lot of progress towards our 25th Anniversary Spring Fundraiser goal - but we’re not done yet! We’re still over $4k away from our $25k goal. Contribute before May 31 and your gift will be doubled, courtesy of a generous challenge match up to $12.5k. Follow this link to leave your mark on our 25th anniversary!

THIS FRIDAY - Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit

The day we've been waiting for is finally (almost) here! This coming Friday is the 10th annual Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. The Summit features 80+ speakers, art displays curated by local artists, networking with regional sustainability champions, and a keynote from climate strategist and author Dr. Katharine Wilkinson.

There's still time to register - don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with leaders and "Imagine What's Possible" in collective hope and renewed resilience amidst the climate crisis.

Good News for a Grant Collaboration!

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the awardees of the Environmental Justice Technical Assistance Center grant competition and we got good news! Green Umbrella was a part of a winning application put forth by Chicago-based nonprofit Blacks in Green to serve an area covering 6 states and 35 tribal lands. This collaborative application was selected for an award for $10M over 5 years. Green Umbrella is supporting through the Regional Climate Collaborative to disseminate the resources developed by the Technical Assistance Center and connect our region and local governments/partner organizations to it for support.

We are really excited to be working with and learning from organizations like Blacks in Green, Black Environmental Leaders Association, Midwest Tribal Energy Resources Association, Environmental Health Watch, and so many more amazing partners who will come together for this project.

Does your organization have a green success story that you want to share? Email our Communications Coordinator at 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

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

May 17: Beer For Humans Pint Night benefiting Tri-State Trails 5:00 pm, Rhinegeist

May 18:

Spruce Tip Harvest with HighGrain Brewing 6:30 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Backyard Composting Seminar 6:30 pm, Hamilton County R3source

May 19: 14th Annual Breakfast on the Bridge 7:00 am, Tri-State Trails

May 20: 

World Bee Day at Parky's Farm 10:00am, Parky's Farm

National Kids to Parks Day Celebration 2:00 pm, Kenton County Parks & Recreation

OEC Green Gala 6:00 pm, Ohio Environmental Council

May 24: Bike Month Bingo 6:00 pm, Tri-State Trails

May 25: Groundwork: Where Justice & Environment Meet 7:00 pm, Lloyd Library

May 26: East Walnut Hills Farmer's Market 3:30 pm, East Walnut Hills

May 28: Celebrating 200 Years of Shaker Industry 2:00 pm, White Water Shaker Village

*some of the events above will have updated descriptions soon*

Professional Development Opportunities

The Ohio Council for Social Studies invites all Ohio & Kentucky educators interested in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, history, culture, languages, or international studies to attend a free networking event at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation in downtown Cincinnati on May 18.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently opened up the first round of funding for the Charging & Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program. This program will fund EV charging and alternative-fueling infrastructure in communities across the country and along designated major roadways. Applications are due by May 30.

Nominations for the USGBC East North Central Region Leadership Awards are now open through May 31. 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 Cincinnati Permaculture Institute is offering a Permaculture Design Certification training to be held at Antioch College over three weekends from July 14-30. This training is accessible to beginners as well as experienced home gardeners, farmers, artisans, nature enthusiasts, and more.

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

Volunteer - Valley View

Volunteer Teams - Civic Garden Center

Nursery Team, Farm Rehab Crew, Orchard Installation - Common Orchard Project

New Career Opportunities

Director of Donor Experience - Contemporary Arts Center

Executive Director - Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District

Development Director, Bookkeeper, Partner Relations Manager - LaSoupe

Environmental/Solid Waste Programs Coordinator - City of Cincinnati (OES)

Administrative Coordinator - CORA

Part-Time/Seasonal Educators - Ohio River Foundation

Americorps Member - Imago

Project Director - Ohio River Way

Executive Director - Western Wildlife Corridor

Seasonal Maintenance Laborers - Kenton County Parks & Community Services

Horticulture Technician, Dock Hand, Habitat Technician - Boone County Parks

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

Director of Planning - MetroParks of Butler County

Director of Education - Gorman Heritage Farm Foundation

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

Internship - Community Earth Alliance

Arts Program Seasonal Coordinator - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

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