November 7, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Green Umbrella hires new Communications and Membership Coordinator

We are excited to welcome Charlie Gonzalez to the team. Charlie is an MIT and Xavier graduate with 20 years experience in community engagement, who has been actively volunteering on Green Umbrella initiatives since 2014. He looks forward to telling the stories of our members and action teams, while cultivating meaningful opportunities to enhance collaborative efforts that achieve an even greater collective impact.

Bloomberg Awards Climate Grant to City of Cincinnati

Bloomberg Philanthropies will award the city of Cincinnati $2.5 million to help the city combat climate change. The award is part of Bloomberg's American Cities Climate Challenge, a $70 million effort for cities to lessen their impact on the climate and transition to a more sustainable future. Cincinnati was 1 of 20 cities to be awarded as part of the climate challenge. 

The city plans to use the award to power its city buildings with 100% renewable energy and to assist the Cincinnati 2030 District's efforts. Mayor Cranley recently announced that P&G and Fifth Third Bank signed on as new members of the district. These efforts along with the Green Cincinnati Plan will help Cincinnati continue the push towards a more sustainable future.  

Miami University's Crucial Investments in Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Miami University has taken steps to move towards a more sustainable future. With investments in their energy infrastructure, the University has reduced their carbon emissions by 33% since the start of 2018. Additional steps include: LEED silver and gold residence halls, a plan to convert all lighting to LED, use of a geothermal wellfield and a total transition away from coal fired energy sources. With a recent addition of Adam Sizemore as Director of Sustainability, the University hopes to explore new avenues for reducing its environmental footprint. These initiatives and more put Miami on track to meet its Sustainability Commitments and Goals (SCAG).

Green Umbrella’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Join Green Umbrella at our 20th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, December 6, from 4:00-7:00 PM at The Sanctuary. For 20 years, Green Umbrella has been the leading alliance working to maximize Greater Cincinnati’s environmental sustainability. We are excited to celebrate the past two decades and everyone who has made our goals possible.

Become a Green Umbrella Ambassador by donating $100 and receive a limited edition, sustainable green umbrella! Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available. With your support, we can amplify our mission and strive towards a more sustainable future. RSVP to attend here.

A Year of Living Sustainably

The City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability is hosting A Year of Living Sustainably, a series of 12 monthly campaigns designed to encourage individual participation in achieving the goals of the Green Cincinnati Plan.

The initiative aims to help people to share their ideas for integrating sustainability into their everyday lives. Each month highlights a theme that encourages participants to make a pledge. November's theme of "Enough" invites community members to brainstorm ways in which they can curb their consumption habits and consume more sustainably. Contact the City of Cincinnati's Sustainability Outreach Coordinator Liz Congleton for more information.

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.

Greenspace Gem: St. Anne Woods 

This month’s featured Greenspace Gem is St. Anne Woods and Wetlands, located in Campbell County, Kentucky. St. Anne’s is home to forests with a diversity of trees and wetlands that provide a rich habitat for various species such as salamanders and frogs. Protected by Campbell County Conservation District, the site is now used for research by NKU and Thomas Moore students. St. Anne’s is open to the public as a great site to hike, explore, and enjoy nature.

Greenspace Gems are selected by a team of conservation experts to reflect unique natural sites in our region. Explore other Greenspace Gems.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

November 14 @ 8:30 am Energy

November 14 @ 2:30 pm Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council Meeting

November 15 @ 1:30 pm Transportation 

November 16 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction 

November 27 @ 2:00 pm Greenspace

December 6 @ 8:30 am Outdoor 

December 6 Cancelled: Local Food

December 7 @ 9:00 am Watershed

Sustainability in the Headlines

How Cincinnati is Preparing for Extreme Weather, WVXU

'Fall Back' Time Change Increases Risk for Pedestrians, Cyclists, WCPO Cincinnati

REI Again Urging Americans to #OptOutside, Studying Link to Human Health, Sustainable Brands

LA Led Way to Leveraging EV RFPs, More Cities to Follow with Renewables, Utility Dive

What's Behind the Crippling Dairy Crisis?, Civil Eats

Durham's Plan to 'Nudge' Drivers Out of Cars, City Lab

Are We Approaching Peak Stuff?, Anthropocene

Girl Rescues River, Earth 911

How to Demand Action on Climate Change, Lifehacker

Startling New Research Finds Large Buildup of Heat in the Oceans, Suggesting a Faster Rate of Global Warming, The Washington Post

Green Living Tips for Fall, Earth 911

Connect with our Members!                                        View our full events calendar.

November 7: Transportation for Sustainability, 6:00-7:30 pm, UC | Sustainability
November 9:
Habitat Restoration at Delshire Preserve, 9:00 am-noon, Western Wildlife Corridor
Wild and Scenic Film Festival, 5:00-8:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County
1st Annual Mill Creek Alliance Fundraiser - Blues, Brews & BBQ, 6:30-10:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance
November 10: 
Champion Honeysuckle Hunt, 9:00 am-noon, Imago
Falling Leaves, 10:00-11:00 am, Cincinnati Nature Center
Drum Circle, 3:00-4:00 pm, Mount St. Joseph University
Night Walk 2018, 4:00 pm, Fleischmann Gardens Park
November 11: Harvest Pancake Brunch Fundraiser, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Imago
November 12: Bike Chains and Derailleurs Workshop, 6:00 pm, REI
November 13: Living in the Neighborhood Series, 6:00 pm, UC | Sustainability
November 15:
Walk and Wine,
6:00-9:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Sustainable Fashion Initiative Clothing Swap, 2:00-10:00 pm, UC | Sustainability
November 16: 
Cultivation Station, 6:00-8:00 pm, Cultivate! Ohio Valley
Art & Oak Bourbon Tasting, 6:00-9:00 pm, Greenacres Foundation
Cincy Block Party, 7:00-11:00 pm, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
November 17: 
Nature and the Soul, 9:30 am-4:00 pm, Imago
Green Design LAB: Exploring Careers in STEM & Sustainable Design, 10:00 am-2:30 pm, Civic Garden Center
Art Show, 3:00-6:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor
Festival of Lights Opening, 5:00-10:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Leonid Meteor Shower Watch, 9:00-11:30 pm, MetroParks of Butler County
November 18:
Walk in the Woods Art Show Opening Reception, noon-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center
Green Home Tour, 1:00-3:00 pm, USGBC
Hike for your Health, 2:00-3:30 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center
November 19: 40th Anniversary Celebration, 4:30-6:30 pm, Working in Neighborhoods
December 6: 20th Anniversary Celebration, 4:00-7:00 pm, Green Umbrella

Professional Opportunities 

Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting Project Wet, a Water Education for Teachers Workshop on February 23 from 9:00 am-3:30 pm at Fernald Preserve. The workshop will offer interdisciplinary activities to show teachers how to incorporate water conservation education in subject areas beyond science into their curriculum. Register by February 8 2019.

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.

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Hospitality Associate - MetroParks of Butler County

Supervisor of Urban Forestry - Cincinnati Parks

HCSWCD Student Intern - Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

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

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