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Sustainability Spotlight: 

Newsy Docuseries 'Modern Metropolis' Examines the Collaborations Creating Sustainable Cities and the Launch of the Cincinnati 2030 District

Modern Metropolis tells the story of how Cincinnati formed the Cincinnati 2030 District, an initiative of Green Umbrella. The Cincinnati 2030 District is designed to reduce the climate footprint of our buildings with ambitious goals of decreasing energy-, water- and transportation-related emissions by 50% by the year 2030.

Newsy Brand Studio developed the series over 2 years, while following a diverse group of businesses, government agencies, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations as they worked to find common ground toward making healthier buildings and a healthier Cincinnati. The series highlights the resilience of our entire community despite the multitude of challenges 2020 has brought to us collectively. Join us in celebrating the positive things that are happening in our region, and the people who strive to create a brighter, more sustainable and equitable future.

Ride with Tri-State Trails in Support of Active Transportation

Last month Tri-State Trails released our region's first Active Transportation Policy Platform outlining policies and practices that will make Greater Cincinnati safer, more accessible, and more enjoyable for walking and biking. Since then seven candidates have formally adopted the platform!

On Saturday, October 17, Tri-State Trails is hosting the NKY Meet the Candidates Ride. Join fellow bicycle advocates for a ride around Northern Kentucky in support for active

transportation and meet some of the candidates running for elected office. Then don't miss the 2020 Tri-State Trails Summit on October 29, which will explore how access, equity and justice intersect in our region's trail and bikeway network and feature a keynote by Tamika Butler.

Regenerative Farming Panel and Film Screening Explores Solutions to Climate Change and Food Systems

Join us for the Kiss the Ground - Outdoor Film Screening on October 22 to learn how restoring the earth's soil is key to solving climate change and food security! We are thrilled to announce a pre-film discussion panel featuring local farmers and food systems experts:

  • Dawn Knickerbocker from the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition
  • Jim Linne from White Clover Farm
  • Drausin Wilson from Grassroots Farm & Foods
  • Chad Bitler from Greenacres Foundation
  • Nicole Gunderman from Gorman Heritage Farm

Ohio Stormwater Awareness Week is October 18-24

Ohio Stormwater Awareness Week is a regional effort that encourages communities to be more conscious of how what we do at home and work affects water quality. You can help keep our water clean by planting native plants and trees, properly disposing of chemicals and hazardous waste, keeping storm drains clear of debris like leaves and litter, always picking up and throwing away pet waste, and volunteering at or organizing a socially distanced stream cleanup!

Greenspace Gem: Buttercup Valley Nature Preserve

Buttercup Valley Nature Preserveprotected by Cincinnati Parks, is a 26-acre old-growth forest surrounded by urban neighborhoods. A good trail network allows full access within the preserve as well as connections to trails in the adjacent Parkers Woods, a 63-acre Cincinnati park with mature woodland stands. 

Check out our new interactive storymap and explore our region's 30 Greenspace Gems!

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Sustainability in the Headlines

Connect with our Members!                          View our full events calendar. 


October 15: 

Today's Globalized Food System 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Tour of the Universe - Online Class 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

October 16:

Homeschool Day Camp: Fabulous Fall Fun! 9:30 am-2:30 pm, Cincinnati Parks

Virtual 80 Acres Farm Presentation 12:00 pm, NKU Sustainability

Family Flashlight Scavenger Hunt 7:30-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

October 17: Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Community Solutions

October 18: Circ De Mt. Airy Forest 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

October 21:

Backyard Composting 101 12:00-2:00 pm, Boone County Solid Waste

The Business Case for LEED 1:00-2:00 pm, USGBC Ohio

Create From Your Garden: Garden Grown Chili 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

October 22:

Workshop & Tour at Twin Creeks Preserve 9:00-11:00 am, Mill Creek Alliance

The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space 12:00-1:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

Summits & Horizons 5:30-7:00 pm, Adventure Crew

Conservation + Community + The 3Cs: Joint Annual Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District

October 23: 20th Anniversary Virtual Awards Ceremony & Celebration 7:00-8:30 pm, Green Energy Ohio

October 24:

Make a Difference Day all day, Taking Root

Clean Sweep of the Great Miami 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Hamilton County Soil & Water

Pumpkin Carving Contest 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

October 25: Run for the Bottoms! 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Valley View Foundation

October 27: Monsters in the Sky - Online Class 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

October 28:

Recycling Workshop with Rumpke 12:00-1:00 pm, NKU Sustainability
Aligning Budgets to Energy Conservation Goals 1:00-2:00 pm, USGBC Ohio

October 29:

Building a Resilient Food System 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

The Potential of Permaculture: Cities & Suburbs 7:00 pm, Lloyd Library & Museum

Professional Opportunities   

Ohio Development Services Agency offers low interest loans of $250k to $2.5M to help small businesses, manufacturers, nonprofits and local governments implement energy efficiency improvements through the Energy Loan Fund.

Boone County Conservation District is offering 2020-2021 Education Grants for teacher or student led school projects that foster learning about conservation and our environment.

USGBC's East North Central Region is accepting nominations for the 2020 Leadership Awards, with multiple categories recognizing local leaders and innovative projects in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Nominations are due by October 30.

The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions is hosting Restoration, Resiliency, & Reciprocity, November 6-8, a virtual conference focused on co-creating a new way forward based in reciprocity, justice and respect in all our relationships.

Greenbuild is hosting the Global Health & Wellness Summit on October 22, leading up to their International Conference & Expo, November 10-12, which will feature interactive education sessions, virtual booths, and networking opportunities.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources is offering Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants of $50k-500k to state and local government subdivisions for acquisition, development and rehabilitation of recreational areas. Applications due November 16.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is hosting the Energy Efficiency and Climate Policy Forum on December 3, to explore key steps and policies that will help the U.S. reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050.

Boone County Conservation District is offering two $1,000 Student Scholarships to college students who are enrolled in a major related to the field of conservation. Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2021.

Volunteer with our Members

Cincinnati Parks Volunteers- Clean Ups! - Cincinnati Parks
Dig in the Dirt Volunteer Days - Boone County Arboretum

BioBlitz Citizen Science Plant Identification - Mill Creek Alliance

Garden Volunteer Workdays - Civic Garden Center

Speak Truth to Power Video Project - Ohio Citizen Action

Glean and Share Volunteers - Society of St Andrew & Vitality Cincinnati

Work with our Members

Communications Associate - Ohio Environmental Council

Full-Time Accountant Position - ORSANCO

Brand Ambassador, Modern Farmer - 80 Acres Farms

Chief of Human ResourcesMultiple Part-Time Job Opportunities Great Parks of Hamilton County

Manager of Scheduling - Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky

Greenspace Ambassador - 3CDC

Assistant Land Steward, Facilities Associate (FT), Facilities Associate (PT) - Cincinnati Nature Center

Outreach Environmental Educator - Friends of Boone County Arboretum

Solid Waste Services Recycling Technician - Boone County Solid Waste

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