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January 17, 2018

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Katharine Hayhoe to Speak at Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit

This year’s keynote speaker for the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit on June 15 will be renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe

Hayhoe is not only at the forefront of research related to modeling regional to local impacts of climate change, but is a climate communicator experienced in untangling the complex science and tackling many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Check out her PBS series, "Global Weirding" for a fun look at what climate change is and isn't.

Her address will set the stage for the theme of the Summit: “Resilience: Public-Private Partnerships for a Dynamic Future.” We will examine how our region can prepare for and respond to potential impacts of climate change, including learning from the 100 Resilient Cities model developed by the Rockefeller Foundation. Early Bird registration is now open, sponsorships and exhibitor booths are available.

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30 Years of Local Food, Edible Ohio Valley

Professional Resources

The third and final round of Task Team meetings for the Green Cincinnati Plan update are underway. Visit for the full list of events.

Green Umbrella is accepting proposals from member organizations (it's easy to become a member!) for two funding opportunities. Applications are due 1/26/18. 

  • Cincy Save the Food Fund. A total of $50,000 will be awarded to at least 4 organizations to develop innovative, scalable food recovery efforts. 
  • Energy-Efficient Refrigeration for the Local Food System. A total of $75,000 will be distributed to at least 5 organizations to fund improved refrigeration infrastructure that will strengthen regional distribution of locally grown food, improve fresh food access for the food insecure, and reduce wasted food. 

Duke Energy is issuing new applications for its prescriptive SmartSaver program (commercial energy efficiency incentives) effective 1/18/18. The utility will have $38 million in rebates available for each year of 2018-2020. 

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is hosting an Institutional Gathering for colleagues in the Horticulture and Ground Maintenance communities. Management and staff from institutions, and contractors who serve them, are invited gather to share best practices on January 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Registration is free.

Our Harvest Cooperative and Green Umbrella are hosting food safety trainings for farmers, including USDA GAP training.

  • Ohio growers: 2-day workshop on January 30-31. Learn more
  • Kentucky growers: 1-day workshop on January 30. Learn more.

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is seeking a Waste Generator representative for its Policy Committee. This 4-year position represents the interests of industrial/ commercial/ institutional generators of solid waste. Qualified and interested individuals are invited to learn more and apply online

ORSANCO is accepting public comments, and technical and scientific studies and data supporting those comments, now through 2/24/18, to assist in a new review and update of its current Pollution Control Standards for Discharges to the Ohio River - 2015 Revision. Please visit the Pollution Control Standards program page for detailed information.

Green Jobs & Volunteer
Chief Executive Officer - Our Harvest Cooperative

Office Manager - Marvin's Organic Gardens

Director of Sustainability - Miami University

Event Management Intern (deadline is 1/17/18) - Green Umbrella

Administrative Assistant - MetroParks of Butler County

Urban Ecovillage Intern - Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage

Facilities Associate - Cincinnati Nature Center

Senior Camp Counselor - Gorman Heritage Farm

Junior Camp Counselor - Gorman Hertiage Farm

Farm Educator - Gorman Heritage Farm

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Learn more about our Action Teams and get involved!

Green Umbrella Events:
Transportation Action Team Meeting
Thursday, January 18
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Green Umbrella

Tri-State Trails Winter Quarterly Meeting
Friday, January 19
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Interact for Health

Waste Reduction Action Team Meeting
Friday, January 19
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Hamilton County Environmental Services

Outdoor Action Team Meeting
Thursday, February 1
8:30 - 10:00 am

Local Food Action Team Meeting
Thursday, February 1
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
New Location: 80 Acres Farm

Green Drinks with Green Umbrella

Thursday, February 1
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Nine Giant Brewing

Watershed Action Team Meeting

Friday, February 2
9:00 - 11:00 am
Hamilton County Environmental Services

Energy Action Team Meeting
Wednesday, February 14
8:30 - 10:30 am
Green Umbrella

Greenspace Action Team Meeting
Tuesday, February 20
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Winton Woods Center

Our Upcoming Member Events:

Green Home Tour in OTR
Saturday, January 20
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
USGBC SW Ohio Chapter

Recreation Along the Little Miami River
Sunday, January 21
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Cincinnati Nature Center

END:CIV Film Screening

Monday, January 22
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Composting for a New Generation Book Launch
Tuesday, January 23
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Author: Michelle Balz

Unwrapping the Peanut Butter Cup
Wednesday, January 24
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Northern Kentucky University

Every Day is Sacred
Friday, January 26
7:00 - 9:00 pm

The Economics of Happiness Film Screening
Friday, January 26
7:30 pm
Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage

Winter Hike & Hot Cocoa
Sunday, January 28
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Western Wildlife Corridor

Cross Country Bike Touring: Riding Across Ohio and Beyond
Sunday, January 28
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Cincinnati Nature Center

WASTED! Film Screening

Sunday, January 28
3:00 - 7:00 pm
Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

Hydroponics, Aeroponics, Aquaponics
Tuesday, January 30
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Civic Garden Center

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