October 10, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Students Bite into Local Apples for the "Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch"

Several local school districts will celebrate National Farm to School Month by biting into Ohio-grown apples as part of the fifth annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. Cincinnati Public Schools, Edgewood City Schools, Little Miami Local School District, Loveland City School District and Sycamore City Schools will crunch into a variety of apples from Eshleman Farms on Thursday, October 11 at noon. Coordinated by the Ohio Valley Food Hub, a USDA-funded Green Umbrella program, the event encourages healthy eating and supports farm to school and local food initiatives. Read more.

Fernald Preserve: A Greenspace Gem

When production ended at a uranium processing facility in 1989, the U.S. government undertook a cleanup project that, at that time, was one of the largest in history. From radioactive waste to wildlife habitat, the result is Fernald Preserve.

The environmental restoration focused on improving water bodies and reintroducing native plants. The once-contaminated site now features 1050 acres of wetlands, forests, savannas, and grasslands that attract a variety of wildlife, including over 245 bird species. Get engaged with Fernald Preserve at the Annual Community Meeting on October 16.

Red, Bike & Green to Host Black Bike Weekend

Green Umbrella is teaming up with Red Bike & Green - Cincinnati to celebrate RBG's one year "bikerversary" with Black Bike WeekendOctober 19-21. A national collective, Red, Bike, & Green seeks to build a sustainable bike culture for African Americans while promoting economic empowerment. Green Umbrella will sponsor the event as part of a Greater Cincinnati Foundation-funded collaboration with the Avondale community to increase outdoor recreation opportunities. See the full schedule.

Local Property Owners Join Cincinnati 2030 District 

Eight local property owners and tenants have signed on to be Founding Members of the Cincinnati 2030 District, bringing the initiative one step closer to becoming the nation's 21st 2030 District. The Contemporary Arts Center, Cushman Wakefield's Columbia Plaza, the City of Cincinnati, Cushman Wakefield's 580 Building, emersion DESIGN, JLL, The Mercantile Center, and Deskey make up the first eight of the 10 founding members needed for official recognition by the 2030 District Network. Melink, Sol Design+Consulting, and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, all located outside of the Cincinnati business district, signed on as 2030 Regional Network Founding Members. Learn more about how to join the Cincinnati 2030 District.

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 newly-launched Cincinnati 2030 District.

Waste Reduction Action Team & Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

Green Umbrella's Food Policy Council and Waste Reduction Action Team have teamed up to promote food share tables in schools! 

Nationally, about 40% of edible food is wasted, while at the same time one in six children in the Tri-State are food insecure. A school "share table" provides a space for students to place unwanted food and drinks for other students to take and eat. With World Food Day on October 16, share tables are a great way to teach students the value of food while preventing food waste.

Contact Susan@greenumbrella.org if you're interested in setting up a share table!

Attend an Action Team Meeting

October 16 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

October 18 @ 1:30 pm Transportation 

October 19 @ 1:30 pm Tri-State Trails Quarterly Meeting: Active Transportation Academy

October 26 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction 

November 1 @ 8:30 am Outdoor 

November 1 @ 11:00 am Local Food

November 2 @ 9:00 am Watershed

November 14 @ 8:30 am Energy


Join an Action Team to act locally... 
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Sustainability in the Headlines

Planned Cincinnati Solar Project Could Be Largest in U.S., WVXU Cincinnati

Local Schools Celebrate Farm to Table Foods, Local 12 WKRC

Cincinnati Ranks Among Top 50 U.S. Cities for Clean Energy Jobs, Cincinnati Business Courier

ORSANCO Punts on Decision to Eliminate Ohio River Water Quality Standards, WVXU Cincinnati

Let Down by Bus System, Volunteers Take Matters Into their Own Hands, Cincinnati Enquirer

Fernald Preserve Selected as Regional 'Greenspace Gem', EIN Newsdesk

Clean Water Standards for Ohio River have Allies in Hamilton County, WVXU Cincinnati

'Adopt-a-Stop': Advocates Propose Plan to Make Metro Stops More Welcoming, WCPO

On Public Transit: Where Ohio's Gubernatorial Candidates Stand, Cincinnati Enquirer

Municipal Waste and the Benefits of Re-Use, Governing

The Co-op Farming Model Might Help Save America's Small Farms, Civil Eats

We Have About a Decade to Turn Around Climate Change Effects, The 1A

A Really Good Thing Happening in America (it's Collective Impact!), The New York Times

Connect with our Members!                                        View our full events calendar.

Thursday, October 11: 

A Year of Living Sustainably, 12:30 pm, City of Cincinnati

Current Trends and Emerging Challenges in Horticulture, 6:30-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center


Friday, October 12: 

Just Hike Cincy, 5:30 pm at Green Man Park in Walnut Hills, Green Umbrella


Saturday, October 13: 

Community Electronics Recycling Day, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Mount Saint Joseph University

Autumn Affair, 6:30-10:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum


October 14: Black Walnut Weekend, noon-4:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

October 18: Mill Creek Alliance Meeting, 4:00-6:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance


October 19-21: Black Bike Weekend, Red Bike & Green - Cincinnati


October 19: 

Drawdown Learn Livestream, 7:00-10:00 pm, City of Cincinnati OES


October 20: 

Public Urban Stream Adventure, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

Habitat Restoration, 9:00-noon, Western Wildlife Corridor

Combating Invasive Plant Species, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm


October 21: Fall Open House, 2:00-4:00 pm, Imago

October 23: Fall Tree Walk, 1:00-2:30 pm, Boone County Arboretum

October 25: This Changes Everything, 7:00 pm, Mount Saint Joseph University


October 26: 

Thriving on Changes and Challenges, 6:30-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Nature in the City: Tanner Yess, 7:30 pm, Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage


October 27:

Make a Difference Day, Taking Root

Plog With Your Dog, 8:30 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County


October 28: Fall Color Hike at Kirby Nature Preserve, 1:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor


Professional Opportunities 

The City of Cincinnati is offering grants to support Urban Agriculture in 2019. Funds are available for agricultural production and growing sites as well as aggregation and distribution sites. Applications are due October 15.

The Ohio River Conference will take place October 17-19 at Thomas More College. The theme is "Partnerships and Collaborations toward a Single Voice for the Ohio River Basin."  Registration is available online

ReuseConex International Reuse Conference & Expo is coming to Cincinnati October 18-20 at the Holiday Inn Downtown. It will bring together leaders to share best practices on diversion, economic and equity benefits of reuse. Find out more and register here.

Green Umbrella and Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste Division are partnering to offer the Greater Cincinnati Smart Kitchen Initiative. The initiative offers assistance to reduce pre-consumer food waste at mid- to high-volume food service operators in our 10-county region. Those interested should complete this form for more information.


The USDA's Office of Community Food Systems has opened applications for the 2019 Farm to School Grants to improve local food access in eligible schools. Applications are due by December 4The office has also announced an RFP for the development of a Farm to School producer-focused training curriculum. 

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Executive Director - Cincinnati Nature Center

Treeforestation Volunteer - Civic Garden Center

Make a Difference Day Tree Planting - Taking Root

Halloween Happenings Kid's Fun Day Helpers and Haunted Trail Haunters - Kenton County Parks and Rec


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