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January 31, 2018

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Get Involved in an Action Team in 2018

Green Umbrella is a Collective Impact backbone organization, which facilitates seven Action Teams, each focused on a different area of regional sustainability. The Action Teams are gatherings of key stakeholders and committed individuals who work collaboratively to make measurable improvements on shared, mutually beneficial goals. You can learn more about each of our Action Teams on their websites: Energy, Greenspace, Local Food, Outdoor, Transportation, Waste Reduction, Watershed. Individual members and representatives of Member Organizations are invited to participate in Green Umbrella Action Teams. Find out which one is relevant to your work and attend a meeting in February or March to get involved (the dates are listed to the right).

Join us at Green Drinks this Thursday

The Greenspace Action Team is hosting the first Green Drinks of the year this Thursday, February 1 at Nine Giant Brewing in Pleasant Ridge. Come to network with fellow sustainability-minded folks, learn about the team’s new Greenspace Gems initiative and how to tackle invasive plants on your property. As a special incentive to join us, we'll buy a drink for anyone who becomes a Green Umbrella member at Green Drinks!

In the News

BLOG: Winter Scraps Pile Up, Confessions of a Composter

Professional Resources

Calling all local growers, farmers markets, wineries and more: the Central Ohio River (CORV) Local Food Guide wants your listing. You can submit a contact form at or contact Deborah Jordan for more information. There is no charge to be listed in CORV but donations are welcome. Deadline is 2/15. 

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is hosting its annual conference, A Taste for Change, 2/15 to 2/17 in Dayton. Online registration is closed but tickets are available at the door.

OHIO PACE is a program of the Energy Alliance available to commercial, industrial, and multi-family building owners across Ohio. PACE provides access to low-cost, extended term capital to finance energy efficiency improvements.

US EPA Region 5 is accepting applications for the Environmental Education Local Grants Program to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues, including agricultural best-practices, conservation of natural resources, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness. Region 5 expects to award 3-4 grants for between $50,000 and $100,000 each. The deadline is 3/15, all materials are available online.

The 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will be held in Cincinnati, 4/25-27. This event provides training and networking for farm to cafeteria professionals working to improve community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. Scholarships are available, applications due 2/12.

Green Jobs & Volunteer
Chief Executive Officer - Our Harvest Cooperative

Office Manager - Marvin's Organic Gardens

Director of Sustainability - Miami University

Administrative Assistant - MetroParks of Butler County

Facilities Associate - Cincinnati Nature Center

Senior Camp Counselor - Gorman Heritage Farm

Junior Camp Counselor - Gorman Hertiage Farm

Farm Educator - Gorman Heritage Farm

Please visit our Green Jobs page to view older postings.

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Learn more about our
 Action Teams and get involved!

Green Umbrella Events:
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
TOUR: 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

Waste Reduction Action Team Meeting
Friday, February 16
12:00 - 1:30 pm
TOUR: Master Provisions, Florence, KY

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

Transportation Action Team Meeting
Thursday, March 15
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Green Umbrella

Our Upcoming Member Events:

FILM SERIES: Years of Living Dangerously
Wednesdays, Jan 31 - March 7
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Mount St. Joseph University

Nature Days: Relationships in Our Ecosystem
Saturday, February 3
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Superb Owl Hike
Sunday, February 4
6:00 - 8:00 pm

The Urban Ecovillage: A Way to Create Sustainable Cities
Monday, February 5
6:00 - 7:30 pm
UC | Sustainability

Topics in Astronomy: Through the Looking Glass
Tuesdays, February 6 & 13
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Cincinnati Observatory

Landscape for the Homeowner Series

Wednesdays, Feb 7 - March 14
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Cincinnati Zoo

Sunset Stroll
Friday, February 9
5:30 pm
Great Parks of Hamilton Co.

Bird Walk at Rowe Woods
Saturday, February 10
8:00 - 10:00 am
Cincinnati Nature Center

Beekeeping 101 Series
Tuesdays, Feb. 13, 20 & 27
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Civic Garden Center

Best Plants for Pollinators Expo
Thursday, February 15
12:00 - 4:00 pm
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Click here to check out our full events calendar.

To submit a member-hosted event, email us the event details or subscribe to your email list and we will select events to share.

About Green Umbrella:

Green Umbrella is the leading alliance working to maximize the environmental sustainability of Greater Cincinnati.

We’re driving collaboration to fuel measurable improvements in key areas of sustainability: Greenspace, Energy, Local Food, Outdoor, Transportation, Waste Reduction and Watershed.

Our vision is to have the region recognized as one of the top 10 most sustainable metro areas in the nation by 2020. Learn more

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