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Sustainability Spotlights

Compost Everywhere, All at Once

With the the launch of our residential compost drop-off program, the Common Orchard Project is looking for food scraps! Residents around Cincinnati are welcome to drop food scraps off for free at the Camp Washington Perennial Farm. Click here to learn more about the program and sign up to bring food scraps.

In addition to the new compost piles, we've 

been working with community gardens and Queen City Commons to build and fill bioreactors, a no-turn, aerated composting system that works with the needs and limitations of gardens. This system requires no ongoing maintenance and yields up to a yard 

of quality compost in a year's time. Through the USDA Community Composting grant received by the City of Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability, we have funds to supply the materials, tools, and guidance needed to build and fill this system. Interested gardens can learn more on the Common Orchard Project website and get started here.

Welcoming New Green Umbrella Team Members!

We're excited to add two new faces to the Green Umbrella team: Viviana Saldarriaga, our Visual Communications Associate, and Krystal Gallagher, our Operations & CRM Associate.

Viviana (left) has an Associates degree in Web & Media Design and is working on her BA in Visual Communication Design. Viviana is passionate about creative design and using her near decade of experience to help Green Umbrella make Cincinnati a greener community. 

Krystal (right) has been a leader in the non-profit sector for over ten years, with many of those years at Gorman Heritage Farm directing 

the education department. A Cincinnati native with a degree in environmental studies, she is passionate about being influential in Cincinnati's sustainable and resilient future.

Final Days of Our Spring Appeal 

Our 25th Anniversary Spring Fundraiser is almost complete! There's still time to help us meet our goal of $25k, including a challenge matching grant up to $12.5k. Your generous donation helps us continue our work of making the Cincinnati region a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable place to live for all, and for generations to come. To donate - and learn more about ways to contribute - visit our website here. We're grateful for your continued support!

Public Open Houses for NKY Bicycle Transportation Plan

In January 2023, the City Commissions of both Covington and Newport approved a partnership with Tri-State Trails in the development of a joint Bicycle Transportation Plan for both cities. Tri-State Trails' scope of work includes:

  • Creating an inventory of existing conditions
  • Reviewing previously adopted community plans
  • Identifying key gaps in the bicycle transportation network, with a focus on creating a protected bikeway network within Covington and Newport that can extend into neighboring cities
  • Creating a short and long term prioritized project list that aligns with potential funding sources

Tri-State Trails is hosting public open houses to review existing conditions and present initial recommendations for the plan. Those interested in learning more and sharing their opinion are encouraged to attend the evening sessions on May 31 at Latonia Elementary School or on June 6 at the Newport City Building.

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 25: Boone Arboretum Pints and Plants 6:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum

May 28: Breeding Birds in Riparian and Mature Forests 8:00 am, Audubon Society

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

May 31: Wild Wednesdays 9:00 am, Kenton County Parks and Recreation

Public Open House - Covington Bicycle Transportation Plan 5:00 pm, Tri-State Trails

June 1: Hub Garden Class 6:00 pm, Civic Garden Center - Riddle Yates Community Garden

June 3: National Trails Day!

Buckeye Trail Biggest Day Hike all day, Buckeye Trail Association

10th Annual Plant Swap Mt Healthy 12:00 pm, Fibonacci Brewing

June 4: Gardening as We Age 1:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

June 6: Art in the Park 10:00 am, Kenton County Parks and Recreation

Public Open House - Newport Bicycle Transportation Plan 5:00 pm, Tri-State Trails

June 7: Committee on the Environment Meeting 5:30 pm, AIA Cincinnati

June 8: Forward Thinking Strategies (Online) 11:00 am, US Green Building Council

June 9: Birds Gone Wild 6:00 pm, benefiting RAPTOR, Inc.

June 10: Pride Night at the Cincinnati Observatory 7:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

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

Professional Development Opportunities

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. CTE credits available.

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

Restoration Volunteer - Ohio River Foundation

Community Clean-up - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Fellowships and Internships - Citizens' Climate Lobby

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

New Career Opportunities

Sustainability Analyst - The Kroger Company

Paddlesports Instructor - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Director of Development and Marketing, Staff Accountant - Green Umbrella

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

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