October 24, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Green Umbrella Celebrates 20 Years of Environmental Sustainability

We're turning 20! Join Green Umbrella at our 20th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, December 6, from 4:00-7:00 PM at The SanctuaryConsider becoming a Green Umbrella Ambassador by donating $100 and receive a limited edition 20th anniversary green umbrella! RSVP to attend and learn about our sponsorship opportunities.

Kroger Added as Founding Member of Cincinnati 2030 District 

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley announced Kroger as the tenth Founding Member of the Cincinnati 2030 District at the state of the city address on Tuesday evening. With the addition of Kroger, the initiative meets its requirement of 10 initial founding members for national certification.

Cincinnati Bell also signed on to the district as a tenant, one of three other businesses to do so. The goal is for tenants to bring on the entire building of which they are a part as a member of the district.

By participating in the district, property owners agree to improve building health by collectively reducing energy usage, transportation emissions, and water consumption by 50% by 2030.

SGP Community Day 2018

Green Umbrella's Executive Director, Ryan Mooney-Bullock, will be the keynote speaker at the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership Community Day 2018. The event works to create partnerships with leading printers and buyers to create a more sustainable supply chain. Ryan's speech will focus on the state of sustainability, how it has evolved, and the role that collaborative, cross-sector partnerships have in advancing it. The conference takes place on November 14, at the Renaissance Hall in Cincinnati. Register here.

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October 27 is Make a Difference Day, the nation's largest day of volunteering. To celebrate, Taking Root will lead community volunteer tree planting. Since 2014, the organization has helped over 400 volunteers plant more than 2,000 trees in hopes to educate the community about the importance of reforestation. If you purchased a tree for planting on Make a Difference Day, don't forget to register it here. Also, be sure to take a picture with your tree and send it to Taking Root.

Green Drinks with Green Umbrella 

Join the Greater Cincinnati Food Policy Council for November's Green Drinks It will be co-hosted by a variety of organizations who contribute to our local sustainable food system, including: Urban Artifact, Slow Food Cincinnati, Apple Street Market, Chef's Collaborative, Edible Ohio Valley and Cincy Good Good Purchasing Coalition. This is a free event, open to anyone interested in sustainability topics!

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.

Tri-State Trails

OKI Awards More Than $41 Million to Transportation Projects Across the Region

Of these awarded projects is the Miami 2 Miami Trail, a project of Tri-State Trails.  Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Board President, T.C. Rogers, says "...these projects improve mobility and safety for drivers, transit riders, cyclistsand pedestrians. What’s more, they enhance quality of life."

To learn more about Tri-State Trails and how you can get involved, contact Wade@greenumbrella.org.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

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

November 15 @ 1:30 pm Transportation 

November 20 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

Join an Action Team to act locally... 
become a Green Umbrella Member

Sustainability in the Headlines

Kroger Will Lead Urban Sustainability Effort, Cranley Announces at State-of-the-City Speech, Cincinnati Business Courier

Behold this glowing bicycle path: Cool idea for Hamilton?, Journal-News

Eco-Friendly Halloween Costumes, Earth 911

Candidate Guide for Hamilton County Fall 2018 Election, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy council

Hunters for the Hungry, ODNR Division of Wildlife

Farm Conservation Practices are Profitable. But Will Lenders and Insurers Step Up?, Civil Eats

The Planet Can't Survive our Transportation Habits, City Lab

Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the U.S, City Lab

Here's why Hurricanes are Rapidly Exploding in Strength, The Washington Post

Connect with our Members!                                        View our full events calendar.

October 25: 

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

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

October 26: 

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

Trail of Treats, 5:00-8:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

October 27:

Mini-Boat Float Challenge, 10:00-11:30 am, Cincinnati Nature Center

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

Nature at Night Pumpkin Hike, 6:30-8:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Fall Harvest, 5:00-8:30 pm, Greenacres Foundation

Local Solutions to a Global Crisis, 6:30-8:30 pm, St John's University

October 28: 

The Howl, noon-3:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

Hike for your Health, 2:00-3:30 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Family Nature Caching, 2:00-4:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

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

Open House, 1:00-4:00 pm, RAPTOR Inc. 

October 29: Campus Sustainability Day: Sasha Forbes, 3:00-4:15 pm, The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

November 1: 

Native Landscaping in a Changing Climate, 6:30-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Mill Creek Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 11:00-11:30 am, Mill Creek Alliance

November 3: Growing Mushrooms on Logs, 1:00-2:30 pm, Civic Garden Center
November 8: 175th Anniversary Celebration, 6:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory Center
November 9: 1st Annual Mill Creek Alliance Fundraiser, 6:30-10:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

Professional Opportunities 

The Environmental Research & Education (EREF) Board of Directors requests pre-proposals on residential recycling as a research topic. More information about the Recycling RFP can be found here. Pre-proposals will be accepted online starting 15 calendar days prior to the deadline and up to the close of business on December 3, 2018. 

The Civic Garden Center is hosting Community Garden Development Training starting in February 2019. CGDT is a series of 12 classes held across the winter that covers everything from the social component of community gardening to building a raised bed.For more details, you can contact the Community Gardens Coordinator, Greg Potter.

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

Hospitality Associate - MetroParks of Butler County

Capital Campaign Coordinator - Apple Street Market

Agriculture Education Program Coordinator - MetroParks of Butler County

Tree Planting - Friends of Little Miami State Park

Insulation Technician - Sustainergy

Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Treeforestation Volunteer - Civic Garden Center

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

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