January 9, 2019 



Sustainability Spotlight 


Green Umbrella Showcased in The Alliance: Sustainability for the 21st Century 

Thanks to the hard work of our friends at Newsy Brand Studio, Green Umbrella was profiled in The Alliance: Sustainability for the 21st Century  This sponsored story aired on the station in late December and early January. A 4:30 minute piece, the story highlighted our use of the collective impact model to bring together stakeholders to champion innovative solutions to sustainability challenges facing our region. 

The piece is available for streaming on-demand on the Newsy network across the United States.

January Offers Exciting Opportunities to Explore Permaculture

On Saturday, January 12, the Cincinnati Permaculture Institute will host its 2nd Regional Permaculture Convergence. Sessions throughout the day will explore a wide range of topics including food mapping, orchard planning, entrepreneurship and equitable community development. Keynote speaker Amy Stross, best-selling local author of The Suburban Micro-Farm, who will talk about bringing resilience to the suburbs.

The following week Starfire Council and Green Umbrella are hosting Adam Brock, author of Change Here Now: Permaculture Solutions for Personal and Community Transformation for a Free Potluck and Discussion on January 17th and a 2-day Living Communities Design Intensive  January 18-19. Learn about the principles and techniques of Social Permaculture, engage in hands-on exercises and develop practical action plans to address issues like poverty and isolation in Cincinnati.

Local Marketplace for Imperfect Produce Launched

Fourth Harvest, a new and exciting initiative aimed at keeping visually imperfect produce out of the landfill by selling it at a discount, recently launched in our region. The organization works with retailers, wholesalers and farmers to source produce and make it available for resale through Local Food Connection or facilitate donation to local agencies.

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.

Greenspace Gem: Oxbow Lake

Formed in 1847, Oxbow Lake and the surrounding floodplain support a variety of wetland/farmland populations, including more than 290 species of birds, 65 species of butterflies, 472 species of vascular plants and 66 species of fish. In 1985, Oxbow, Inc. formed to protect the lake from industrial development. Today, the site has 2.5 square miles of protected greenspace.

You can support the work of Oxbow, Inc. by becoming a member, volunteering, or making a contribution.

Greenspace Gems recognizes and celebrates natural areas in the Green Umbrella region with outstanding scenic value, biological diversity, scientific importance or historic interest. Learn more or nominate a greenspace gem near you.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

January 9 @ 2:30 pm Food Policy Council

January 15 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

January 17 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

January 18 @ noon Waste Reduction

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 13 @ 8:30 am Energy



Sustainability in the Headlines

City's Forthcoming Sustainability Efforts Will 'Shock This Community,' WVXU

City Will Keep Permanent Northside Traffic Calming Measure, WCPO

Millennials Drive Big Growth in Sustainable Products, Cincinnati Business Courier

How Will You Get Around Cincinnati in the Future? Cincinnati Enquirer

Climate Grief: The Growing Emotional Toll of Climate Change, NBC News

Armed with Information, Consumers Do Make Better Choices for the Planet, Anthropocene Magazine

Ohio Cities Prep Their Game Plan to Confront Climate Change, WOSU

What's the Best Job for Fighting Climate Change?, Yale Climate Connections

Cincinnati's Eco Friendly Eats and Sustainable-Leaning Restaurants, CityBeat

Colleges Share State Grants for Advanced Manufacturing, Smart Buildings, Soapbox Cincinnati

The Day I Left My Car At Home, Soapbox Cincinnati


Connect with our Members!                  View our full events calendar.

January 10: Intro to Sustainability 6:30-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

January 12:
Day Hike Essentials
10:00-11:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

2019 Cincinnati Regional Permaculture Convergence 9:00am-6:00pm, Cincinnati Permaculture Institute

Star Dazed 8:00-9:30 pm, Cincinnati Astrological Society

January 12, 19, 26: Winter Hike Series 10:00am-12:00pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

January 13, 20: Show and Tell on the Farm 2:00-4:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

January 15: Plant Adaptations 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

January 17: Social Permaculture Potluck & Discussion w/ Adam Brock 6:00-8:30 pm, Starfire Council / Green Umbrella

January 18-19: Living Communities Design Intensive w/ Adam Brock 9:00am-4:30pm, Starfire Council / Green Umbrella

January 19:
Green Home Tour
10:00am-12:00pm, US Green Business Council

Meditation and Hiking 10:00am-12:00pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Hiking & Winter Tree ID 10:30am-12:00pm, MetroParks of Butler County

January 21: MLK Day of Service Park Clean-ups 9:00am-12:00pm, Cincinnati Parks

January 22:
Managing Wildlife in the Home Landscape
6:00-8:00 pm, Kenton County Parks & Recreation

Exploring the Greenest Zoo in America 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

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

Owl Hike 6:00-7:30 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

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


Professional Opportunities 

Campbell County Conservation District is offering Tree Planting and Urban Forestry Enhancement Grants of up to $3,000. Applications due January 18.

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 focuses on ensuring vulnerable residents have access to food, shelter and behavioral health services. $50,000 is available to strengthen existing programs, enact capital improvements, launch a new program or build organizational capacity. Workshops next week; applications due February 1.

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation's Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program will award $1.7 Million in grants nationwide to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Full proposals due January 31.

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is offering an Organics Diversion Grant with $100,000 in grant funds available for projects that reduce organic waste going to the landfill. 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.

2019 Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture program, applications due February 6.

Work and Volunteer with our Members


Executive Committee Member - Tri-State Trails / Green Umbrella

Sustainability Coordinator - Flying Pig Marathon

Outdoor Education Internship - Imago Earth

Design Technician I - Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

Administrative Assistant - Marvin's Organic Gardens

Director of Public Relations - Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Coalition

Venue Recycling Program Manager - Flying Pig Marathon



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