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Sustainability Spotlights

CROWN Launches Capital Campaign - with $6 Million Already Raised

Last week, Tri-State Trails and partners launched an $8 million capital campaign to build the Cincinnati Riding or Walking Network (CROWN) and announced that $6 million has already been raised! When complete, the 34-mile trail loop will connect 54 neighborhoods and serve as a hub for over 600 miles of trails spanning the Tri-State region. Help us reach the finish line by making a donation today.

You can learn more about CROWN during the Meet the Candidates Bike Ride this Saturday. The event will provide attendees, including Cincinnati Mayoral and City Council candidates, an experiential learning opportunity to see what bike infrastructure works well and what doesn't.

Host an Event During the 2021 Great Outdoor Weekend

Mark your calendar for the 18th Annual Great Outdoor Weekend, this September 25-26. Each year, Green Umbrella's free outdoor events sampler connects over 10,000 residents with nature programs and outdoor recreation activities across Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.

Help us make this year's event the best one yet! Applications are now open for organizations interested in being event hosts, event sponsors, prize donors and advertising partners.

Submissions must be received by June 23 to be featured in our printed materials.

2030 District Launches Free Building Walk-Through Program

The Cincinnati 2030 District has launched a new Building Walk-Through Program to help it's 40 building members achieve ambitious goals for reducing the footprint of their 315 buildings - which total over 27 million square feet! Through the program, trained engineers conduct a free assessment and provide property managers with an analysis and roadmap for potential energy and water savings.

The first walk-through was recently conducted at the Contemporary Art Center and we are thrilled to provide this free service to all 2030 District building members.

Applications Open for SustainableCincy's Fall 2021 Accelerator Program

SustainableCincy is back. Flywheel, Cintrifuse, HCDC and Green Umbrella are partnering again to launch another 9-week hybrid-model accelerator program (September to November) for early-stage startups in the environmental sustainability space. Selected startups will receive expert coaching, valuable connections, and up to $15,000 in financial support to accelerate their growth and impact. Target impact areas include transportation, industry (materials & manufacturing), building, energy, and environmental justice. Apply today!

Does your organization want to partner with SustainableCincy and get paired up with a startup? Submit your innovation challenge here.

Sustainability in the Headlines

Featured Member Events                         View our full events calendar.

June 10: 

(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science 9:30-11:00 am, Kenton County Parks

10 Days on 10 Routes 1:00-3:00 pm, Metro

June 11: 

Policy Agenda Launch 9:30-10:45 am, Ohio Food Policy Network

Bike Rodeo 1:00-3:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

June 12: 

Native Plant Sale 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

Electronics Recycling Drop-Off 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub

Butterfly Walk 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor 

June 15: 

Summer Blooms & Tree Identification 9:00-10:00 am, Boone County Arboretum

Tuesdays at the Park! 5:30-8:30 pm, MCURC

June 16: 

It's Past Time to Repeal Ohio's HB 6 Coal Bailout 3:00 pm, Ohio Citizen Action

Wild Wednesdays: Turtle Time 9:30 pm, Kenton County Parks 

June 16 & 17: Madisonville Farm Stand 4:30-7:30 pm, Groundwork Ohio River Valley 

June 17: Cincinnati's Table 6:00-8:00 pm, Common Orchard Project & partners

June 18: Children's Science - Butterflies 1:00-2:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum

June 18-19: Nourishing Life Conference 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Community Solutions 

June 19: Urban Stream Adventure 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

June 20: Native Shrubs for the Home Landscape and Wildlife 3:00-5:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

June 22: Great Parks Fitness Series 7:00-8:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

June 23: Celebrate 2021 Snail of Approval Winners 5:00-7:30 pm, Edible Ohio Valley

June 25: Conservation Kids Camp Days 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Boone County Conservatory

June 26: Native Garden Tour 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

June 27: 

Madisonville Garden Tour 12:00-5:00 pm, MCURC

Meet Live Birds of Prey! 1:00-4:00 pm, RAPTOR, Inc.

:00 am-12:00 pm, Boone County Conservatory

Professional Opportunities 

Action Tank in is hosting a free City Council Bootcamp, September 2020 through February 2021 (info session 6/15).

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is offering $76.9 million in funding for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (due 6/21). 


SORTA / Metro is offering grants through the Transit Infrastructure Fund to assist localities with road improvements and increase overall mobility (due 6/30).


OEFFA is leading the Ohio Soil Health Initiative, forming a Soil Health Task Force & offering a peer-to-peer mentoring Soil Health Ambassador program. Contact Amalie to get involved.

Volunteer with our Members

2021 Summer Litter Clean Up (6/1-6/30) - Clermont SWCD & Valley View

Get Outdoors Day Cleanup (6/12) - Boone County Solid Waste

Madisonville Community Clean Up (6/12) - MCURC

Summer Stream Clean Up (6/12, 7/24) - Boone County Conservation District

Walnut Woods Forest Restoration (6/19) - Civic Garden Center & Cincinnati Parks

Workparty in the Watershed (7/8, 9/18) - Mill Creek Alliance

Gleaning Volunteer (on-farm food rescue) - Society of St Andrew

Recycling Volunteer - Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub

Work with our Members

City Energy Manager - City of Cincinnati

Senior Accountant - Produce Perks Midwest

Membership Services Coordinator - Outdoor Writers Association of America

Living Wall Construction - Urban Blooms

Agricultural Education & Multiple Other Positions - MetroParks of Butler County

Land Manager - Cardinal Land Conservancy

Material Handlers & Production Associates - Close the Loop

System Technician - Cincinnati Red Bike

Event Assistant - Gorman Heritage Farms

Environment Educator - Greenacres Foundation

Energy Justice FellowDirector of Climate Programs - Ohio Environmental Council

Multiple Positions Available - Cincinnati Museum Center   

Education Programs Manager - Ohio River Foundation

Part-Time BookkeeperLandscape Crew Member - Our Land Organics

Assistant/Associate Professor of Horticulture - University of Cincinnati

Power Plant Operator - Northern Kentucky University

Maintenance Technician, Farm Technician - 80 Acres Farm

Multiple Positions - Elmwood Farm

Multiple Positions Cincinnati Zoo

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