January 23, 2019 



Sustainability Spotlight 


Call for Proposal Submissions: A Cincinnati Foodshed Atlas

The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council will publish a book of maps that visually convey the geography of our regional foodshed. By visualizing our foodshed we will deepen our understanding of the past and present, and create graphic tools that assist with envisioning a healthier, more equitable and sustainable food system for the future.

They are seeking:

  • Submissions of already completed or in process maps and infographics.
  • Proposals for maps and infographics that can be created from current and future research and existing data sets.
  • Cartographers, graphic designers and visual artists willing to volunteer their time and skills to help produce the maps and final layouts.

Details and guidelines are available here and submissions are due March 1.

Commit to Living Sustainably in 2019

What can you do in 2019 to have a smaller footprint and bigger impact?

We know that our members already have expertise in various aspects of sustainability, but there is always more to learn! We encourage you to be creative and inquisitive about new topics and ways you can incorporate sustainability into your lifestyle at home, your workplace and in your community. Foster dialogue and share ideas with your friends, family and co-workers! Host an event as part of the City of Cincinnati's Year of Living Sustainably, join an action team or volunteer with one of our member organizations.

Community Composting Pilot Project Launched in Northside 

The Mill Creek Alliance (MCA) has partnered with GoZero Food Waste Courier to launch Northside Composts, an exciting exploratory community composting pilot project for the city of Cincinnati! There are three ways to participate:

  • Drop-off program every Wednesday (4 pm to 7 pm) at the Northside Farmers' Market
  • Residential curbside collection program
  • Local Business collection program

Action Teams

Action Teams bring together people and organizations who share common goals around environmental issue areas. Teams implement strategies to drive progress on our 2020 GoalsGreen Umbrella also has three Initiatives: Tri-State Trails, the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, and the Cincinnati 2030 District.

Action Team Spotlight:

Join Tri-State Trails for an interactive and engaging Quarterly Meeting this Friday, January 25, 9 am to 12 pm at Green Umbrella (3050 Oaklawn Drive) to participate in our strategic planning efforts for 2019 and beyond. We'll review our 2015 strategic plan and accomplishments over the past several years, then break into small groups to discuss how we can continue to be a productive coalition to advance regional trail connectivity in the tri-state.  

Attend an Action Team Meeting

January 25 @ 9:00 am Tri-State Trails Quarterly Meeting

February 1 @ 9:00 am Watershed

February 7 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

February 7 @ 11:00 am Local Food

February 11 @ 1:00 pm Food Policy Council: Land Use

February 12 @ 2:30 pm Food Policy Council: Food Access

February 13 @ 8:30 am Energy

February 13 @ 2:30 pm Food Policy Council: Distribution

February 15 @ noon Waste Reduction

February 19 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

February 21 @ 1:30 pm Transportation


Sustainability in the Headlines

Phase Two of Wasson Way Bike Trail Bridging I-71 to Be Completed This Year, Cincinnati Enquirer

La Soupe Sets Up Free Kitchen for Federal Workers at Cincinnati State, WCPO

Kroger Offers $1M Prize for Idea to Eliminate Waste, Cincinnati Business Courier

Transit Advocates Will Push for Bump in City Income Tax to Boost Metro Bus Service, WCPO

A New Tactic in the War Against Plastic Waste, WVXU

Cincinnati Zoo is Paving the Way in Green and Sustainable Efforts, Cincinnati Enquirer

Money For Major Ohio Road Projects is Gone; Gas-Tax Hike Proposed, Columbus Dispatch

Reversing Global Warming Through Our Food Choices, Forbes

The Vital Role Urban Forests Play in Our Lives, WVXU

PWC Receives Generous Hamilton Community Foundation Grant, Soapbox Cincinnati

Metro Parks Purchases Land to Add to Clear Creek, Columbus Dispatch

Here Are Some Transit and Mobility Stories We'll Be Watching in 2019, WCPO


Connect with our Members!                  View our full events calendar.

January 24, 27, 31: Show and Tell on the Farm, MetroParks of Butler County

January 24, 28, 29: Metro FAStops Info Sessions, SORTA / METRO 

January 26: Winter Hike Series 10:00am-12:00pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

January 27: Winter Adventure Hike 2pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

January 28:
Film: Anote's Ark
6:00-7:30pm, UC Sustainability

Yoga in the Garden 6:30-7:30pm, Civic Garden Center

February 1: Big Building Contents Sale 10:00am-4:00pm, CAIN

February 2:
Sugar Camp Preparation Work Day
10:00am-2:00pm, Kenton County Parks & Recreation

DIY Backyard Maple 1:00-3:00pm, Caldwell Nature Preserve / Cincinnati Parks

February 4: 

Beginner Beekeeping: 1st of 3-Part Series 6:00-8:00pm, Civic Garden Center

Community Engagement in the Urban Core 6:00pm, UC Sustainability

The Health of Our Local Streams 7:00pm, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation

How to Coexist with Urban Coyotes 7:00pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

February 10: 11th Annual Buy Local Foods Seminar 1:45-5:00pm

February 13: Maple and Walnut Syrup Basics 10:00am-12:00pm, Cultivate! Ohio Valley


Professional Opportunities 

Pachamama Alliance Cincinnati Area (PACA) is offering a five session series of solution-oriented workshops based on the Drawdown Initiative, every other Wednesday beginning February 13. In addition, they are interested in working with organizations to prioritize climate impact in their strategic planning. Learn more and contact Jim and Susan Vogt if interested.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is offering three Rep The Crown Community & Education Awards to innovative projects and community events that reduce litter, further recycling and beautification efforts, or address quality of life and sustainability. Applications due February 3.

Cincinnati Permaculture Institute is offering a Winter Weekend Permaculture Design Certification from February 22 through March 24.

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is hosting their 40th OEFFA Conference February 14-16 in Dayton. Online registration is open until January 28.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation is offering two Educational Grants for Kids programs to support innovative educational and enrichment projects for area youth. The Summertime Kids application is due March 15 and the Learning Links application is due April 12.

Civic Garden Center is accepting applications for its Community Gardens Development Training. Classes will run Wednesdays 6 to 8 pm, February through April. Click here to view the syllabus.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation's Safety Net Grant Program is offering $50,000 to programs that ensure vulnerable residents have access to food, shelter and behavioral health services. Applications due February 1.

Xavier University Sustainability Leadership Center is offering 3 one-credit courses:
Technical Concepts in Sustainability with Len Sauers (1/16-2/13), Building Green, LEED & Beyond with Sanyog Rathod (2/20-3/27), and Energy Management with Michael Forrester (4/3-5/1). GU members receive a 10% discount.

Work and Volunteer with our Members


Southwest Ohio Regional Director - Ohio Environmental Council

Public Relations Specialist, Environmental Compliance Specialist and Biohazard Technician - Hamilton County Environmental Services

Summer Day Camp Counselor and Marketing Associate - Cincinnati Nature Center

Program Leader and Hospitality Associate - MetroParks of Butler County

Executive Committee Member - Tri-State Trails / Green Umbrella

Sustainability Coordinator - Flying Pig Marathon

Outdoor Education Internship - Imago Earth

Administrative Assistant - Marvin's Organic Gardens

Director of Public Relations and Secretary - Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Coalition



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