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Sustainability Spotlights

Great Parks Surpasses 18k Acres of Land Holdings

With the recent acquisition of 240 acres of land near Miami Whitewater Forest, Great Parks has expanded its holdings to over 18k acres, or 28 square miles. Todd Palmeter, Great Parks CEO and Green Umbrella Board President, said this in a press release: “Great Parks continues to receive strong public support for the conservation and preservation of greenspace. This land is nearly surrounded by Miami Whitewater Forest, adding to what is already the largest park in the county.”

Great Parks follows an 80/20 policy, which means that 80% of total land holdings are maintained in a natural state and managed for ecological benefits. The newly added acreage will undergo restoration of its natural state, including reforestation and removal of invasive species. Walking or biking trails may be considered in the future.

Listening to Local Neighborhoods Around Firefighter Training Grounds

Green Umbrella and the Cincinnati NAACP recently organized a listening session for residents of South Cumminsville, Millville, Beekman Corridor, and North Fairmount to provide an opportunity to share concerns about the planned expansion of the existing firefighter training facilities in their neighborhood. Officials from the Cincinnati Fire Department attended to hear feedback and share information about plans for the training facility's expansion.

Tyeisha Cole, Green Umbrella Climate Action Coordinator and chair of the Cincinnati NAACP's Environmental Climate Justice Committee, wants to see air quality and noise mitigation efforts supported by federal funds in the neighborhoods surrounding the training facility. "What we want to focus on are win-win solutions, like investing in climate resilience adaptation strategies," she says.

$7 Billion Solar for All Grant Competition

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking applications through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to bring solar programs that lower energy costs to millions of homes in low-income and disadvantaged communities. $7 billion has been allotted for this Solar for All grant competition. The EPA anticipates issuing varying amounts, calibrated to the number of households the applicant intends the program to serve. All applicants are required to submit a Notice of Intent to apply. NOI deadline dates differ by applicant type, starting on July 31, 2023 for states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Click here to learn more.

Come Network at Green Drinks this Thursday

Join Green Umbrella and sustainability leaders from across the region for our July Green Drinks happy hour at 16 Lots Southern Outpost this Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. 

Invite your colleagues, friends, and family to an informal evening of networking at the brewery's new location at Newport on the Levee.

16 Lots will donate $1 for each beer sold to support our work to create a sustainable and resilient Greater Cincinnati!

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

July 13:

West Region Blueway & Trail System Open House 4:00-7:00 pm, Great Parks

Green Drinks Happy Hour 5:00-7:00 pm, Green Umbrella

July 14:

Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo 9:30 am-3:00 pm, Great Parks

Farm Bill Train-the-Trainer 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Greater Cincinnati Food Policy Council

Hoots & Hops 6:00-10:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

July 15: 

Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Campbell County Conservation District

Owl's Nest Community Event 12:00-4:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

On Thin Ice: Polar Bears in a Changing Landscape 1:00-2:00 pm, Lloyd Library

Fred Bay Observatory Open House 8:30-11:00 pm, Warren County Park District

July 13-16: Mohican Backpacking, Camp + Paddle Weekend 12:00 pm, Arrow Adventure

July 18:

Hub Garden Class: Natural Pest Control - 5:00-7:00 pm Civic Garden Center

Diversity in Design: An Architecture Matters Panel Discussion 5:30-7:00 pm, AIA

July 20: High Quality Composting 10:30 am-12:30 pm, The Common Orchard Project

July 22: Summer Nature Walk 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Oxbow Nature Conservancy

July 22-23: Summer Native Plant Sale 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

July 25: Imagining the Future City: The Green Cincinnati Plan in Action 6:00-7:00 pm, Green Umbrella and City of Cincinnati

July 27: Breakfast of Champions 7:30-9:00 am, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Professional Development and Grant Opportunities

Applications are now open for the new City of Cincinnati's Environmental Advisory Board. The EAB will serve a key role in advancing policy recommendations of the Green Cincinnati Plan. Members of the EAB are responsible for advising the City Manager and Council on environmental issues. Apply here and select "Environmental Advisory Board" among the listed options.

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.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has recently announced the PROTECT Program (Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation), a new opportunity to fund fund projects addressing climate resilience of transportation systems. Application deadline: August 18, 2023. 

The 2023 REBUILD Conference will take place on Thursday, October 12th at TQL Stadium, featuring three keynote speakers complemented by three sets of breakout tracks that focus on net positive solutions, health advancements, innovation, and lessons learned in business and the built environment. Register today!

The Energy Coalition of Ohio has announced the 2023 Ohio Energy Conference will take place on November 8th-9th, 2023 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. This event provides balanced and accessible information regarding energy implementation to producers and consumers across the state. Green Umbrella member organizations receive a 10% discount on this conference; reply to this email for a discount code.

Volunteer Opportunities

Uptown Waste Diversion - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

West End Community Garden WorkdayHorticulture Team - Civic Garden Center

Volunteer at Ohio River Paddlefest - Adventure Crew

New Career Opportunities

Director of Development and Marketing, Staff Accountant - Green Umbrella

Director of Climate Justice, Membership Engagement Manager - Ohio Environmental Council

Safe and Clean Grant Coordinator - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Bookkeeper - Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub

Executive Administrative Assistant - Lloyd Library & Museum

Manager of Design: Site and Building - Great Parks

Electricians and Solar Installers - TMI Energy Solutions

Farm Educator - Gorman Heritage Farm

Americorp Member - Imago

Senior Center Assistant - Campbell County Fiscal Court

Digital Communications Intern - Hamilton County Environmental Services

Visitor Experience Associate, Cafe Associate - Contemporary Arts Center

Ecological Landscape Crew Member - Our Land Organics

Food Rescue Process Coordinator (Dispatcher) - Last Mile Food Rescue  

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