October 2, 2019

Sustainability Spotlight

Crunch into an Apple and Celebrate National Farm to School Month!

This October, Greater Cincinnati school districts will join schools across the nation to celebrate National Farm to School Month, which highlights the connections happening all over the country between schools and local farmers


At noon on Thursday, October 10th, students from Ohio and Indiana, and animals from the Cincinnati Zoo will join students in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan to crunch into a variety of locally grown apples as part of the Great Lakes Great Apple CrunchFarm to School enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local producers through enhancing food purchasing and education practices at schools and education centers.


Integrating Healthy Eating and Healthcare Summit

The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council and the Health Collaborative will host a summit on October 10th to share information about current projects and best practices on healthy food access and consumption in the Greater Cincinnati Region.

Through presentations and facilitated discussions, stakeholders will identify opportunities and resources to collaborate on improving health outcomes to create a region free of diet related diseases. The summit will feature a keynote vision of what a food system transformed for health would look like and learning sessions on what is happening today in our region to address healthy eating. 

Tri-State Trails Brings Bike Lanes to Newport with Connect NKY

Tri-State Trails is partnering with ReNewport and the City of Newport to pilot bike lanes in downtown Newport this month. Supported by the Devou Good Project, Connect NKY is a project that aims to demonstrate public demand for building out a more robust bicycle transportation network. October 13-20, temporary bicycle lanes will be open for bicyclists on Saratoga Street, Fifth Street and Sixth Street in Newport. Connect NKY will host a series of three bike rides along the demonstration October 15-17. Learn how you can get involved at www.connectnky.org.

Banter & Brews with M&A Architects!

M&A Architects will host Banter and Brews on October 23rd from 4-5:30 pm at Wellington Place. It will encourage conversation around Cincinnati’s 2030 District pillars, which focus on reduction goals through the implementation of sustainable, emissions-

reducing solutions in member buildings. HighGrain Brewing, 80 Acres Farms, and CMTA Engineering will discuss their commitment to reducing energy use, water use, and transportation emissions. Talk about solutions and network with those who share a vision for a more sustainable future. 

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.

Celebrate a Successful Great Outdoor Weekend with Green Drinks!

Thank you to our sponsors, hosts, and participants for a successful 16th annual Great Outdoor Weekend! Over 40 locations in Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Indiana offered outdoor enthusiasts of all ages an opportunity to explore the best of our region’s outdoor recreation and nature awareness programming. 


Continue celebrating outdoors with an unconventional Green Drinks event on Thursday, October 10th, hosted by the Outdoor Action Team. Gather from 7-9pm on the East side of Vine Street between 7th and 8th to watch the Blink opening parade: Future City Light Spectacular. Hope to see you there!

Attend an Action Team Meeting

October 3 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

October 3 @ 11:00 am Local Food

October 4 @ 9:30 am Watershed

October 9 @ 8:30 pm Energy

October 15 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

October 17 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

October 18 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

October 25 @ 2:00 pm Tri-State Trails Annual Meeting & Fundraiser 

November 13 @ 2:30 pm Food Policy Council Meeting





Sustainability in the Headlines

‘All in on Transportation’: Metro Wants a 0.8% Sales Tax IncreaseCincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati Zoo Aims for Net-Zero Water by 2025Cincinnati Business Courier

‘Green Tailgating’ Proposed to Replace Hilltop on the RiverfrontCincinnati Business Courier

Who’s Behind the Chinese Conspiracy Ads Against Ohio’s Nuclear Referendum?, Energy News

Little Miami State Park Bike Trail Turns 40, WVXU

Removing Dam Gives Safety, New Life to Little Miami River in Batavia, WCPO

Across the Globe, Millions Join Biggest Climate Protest Ever, The Guardian

Should We Be More Optimistic About Fighting Climate Change?, Harvard Business Review

Could Some Cities Benefit from Migration Driven by Climate Change?, Urban Land Institute
Positively Cincinnati: Students from Butler Tech-Ross High School Create Project to End Hunger, WCPO

Duke Energy Vows to Eliminate Its Carbon Emissions by 2050, Greentech Media
Green Umbrella Announces Five New ‘Greenspace Gems’ with Crooked Run Nature Preserve, and Valley View Among Them, Clermont Sun


Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

October 3: 
Nutty Landscapes 1:00-2:30 pm, Boone County Arboretum
Climate Change and Cincinnati Life 6:00-8:00 pm
, University of Cincinnati 
October 5:
Habitat Restoration
9:30 am-12:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor
Recycling One Stop Drop 
1:00-4:00 pm, Loveland Sustainability Council

October 5-6: Sunflower Festival 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm 

October 6: Conversations on Conservation 2:00-4:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center 

October 7: Residential Solar Tour 5:00-5:45 pm, UC Sustainability
October 8: Freeze-Tolerant Frogs 7:30 pm, Oxbow, Inc.

October 9: Blink Bright Ride 6:30-8:30 pm, Tri-State Trails

October 10:
Composting in School Gardens 4:00-5:00 pm, Civic Garden Center
Zoo Brew 6:30-9:30 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

October 11-13: Cincinnati Coffee Festival Ohio River Foundation
October 12: Wild About Wildflowers Hike 12:30-2:00 pm, Metroparks of Butler County

October 14: Film: From Paris to Pittsburgh 6:00-7:00 pm, UC Sustainability

October 15: Monsters in the Sky 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

October 16: Charitable Suds 5:00-8:00 pm, Adventure Crew & Rhinegeist 

October 18-20: Big Bone Lick Salt Festival Boone County Conservation District

October 20: 2019 Bird Class 8:00 am-1:00 pm, Audubon Society of Ohio

October 22: Hydroponics Workshop 4:30-6:30 pm, NKU


Professional Opportunities 

PEDCO and emersion DESIGN will host the High Performance Building Seminar on October 3, with a full day of educational sessions on the advantages of high performance buildings and the business case for sustainability.

The Gardens of Greater Cincinnati Symposium on October 5 will feature local experts and speakers covering topics from native plants to gardening challenges and more. Register here.

USGBC will host a LEED Technical Workshop on the next evolution of LEED (v4.1) on October 11 and will provide participants information needed to pursue certification. 

The Ben & Jerry's Foundation is offering grants of up to $25,000 to to community-based groups working to advance environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. Deadline is October 16.


The Cincinnati 2030 District is co-hosting a PACE in Action breakfast and networking event on October 17 with speakers who will share how commercial property owners can leverage Pace financing for their projects. 

The 4th Biennial Union Co-op Symposium is a two day conference that builds community and provides tools to start and run union worker cooperatives. Reservations are required on or before October 17.

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will host a Native Plant Symposium on November 9. Learn more and register here.

Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

Blink & Second Sunday on Main - Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability

Cincinnati Coffee Festival - Ohio River Foundation


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