December 19, 2018 

Sustainability Spotlight 

Thank You for a Stellar 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Green Umbrella extends a hearty thank you to the nearly 250 members and friends who joined us to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We were blown away by the genuine support of our community and the many new supporters who came out. 

As we celebrate our successes over the last 20 years, it's clear that the strength of our impact is because of supporters like you. While we are a small team, with all of you we are a mighty force driving environmental sustainability in the Greater Cincinnati region. With our members and partners, we've helped make Cincinnati the #1 Most Sustainable Metro Region in the country for two years in row and worked to ensure that 83% of Hamilton County residents live within a 10-minute walk of protected green space. With the work of our Tri-State Trails initiative many of our partners benefited from over $32 million that was committed to trail development in our region over the last two years. Most recently, because of the commitment of a group of our members, we've launched the Cincinnati 2030 District downtown, with 18 founding members. Thank you!

We're excited to move into the next phase of our story and to celebrate even more successes as we make Greater Cincinnati more sustainable for all of its residents. We hope you'll join us as we brainstorm new ways to expand our reach in the new year and beyond. Happy holidays and best wishes in the new year!

Pledge to Reduce Your Energy Consumption in December! 

Cincinnati's Office of Environment & Sustainability invites you to CONSERVE ENERGY this month as part of the Year of Living Sustainably initiative. Find out how you can save $$$ with Empower Saves' Online Home Energy Assessment.

Pledging to take your 'next step' to conserve energy will enter you in a raffle to win a $50 Lowe's Gift Card or an EcoBee 3 Lite thermostat courtesy of Empower Saves!

Help Write Cincinnati's Farming and Food History

Members of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council and Local Food Action Team have compiled a timeline of Cincinnati's Farming and Food History, dating back to the 1700's!

They invite you to be part of this living timeline and help record our unique history. Submit your food and farming stories. Readers are invited to send edits, corrections and additions to be incorporated to

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.

Action Team Spotlight

Calling all organizations and individuals wanting to jump-start their waste reduction efforts! Green Umbrella’s Waste Reduction Action Team (WRAT) has identified Sustainable America’s “I Value Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge” as an excellent opportunity for recognizing and preventing wasted food.

The Waste Reduction Action Team invites you to join them in taking the challenge in January! To sign up or for more information email

Attend an Action Team Meeting

January 3 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

January 3 @ 11:00 am Local Food

January 4 @ 9:00 am Watershed

January 9 @ 8:30 am Energy

January 9 @ 2:30 pm Food Policy Council

January 15 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

January 17 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

January 18 @ 9:00 am Tri-State Trails

January 18 @ noon Waste Reduction

Sustainability in the Headlines

Cincinnati's 'Most Sustainable City' Title Was Two Decades in the Making, WCPO Cincinnati

With Cincinnati on Board, 100 U.S. Cities Now Committed to 100% Clean Energy, Solar Industry

Could Fewer Bus Stops Mean Faster Trips on Cincinnati Metro?, WCPO Cincinnati

New Startup Provides Free Electric Car Rides in Downtown Cincy, Spectrum News Ohio

Northside's Community Development Corporation Now Owns the Planned Home of a New Cooperative Grocer, CityBeat

Leading by Example: Companies Create a Greener City, Soapbox Cincinnati

Ohio House Passes Bill to Block Cities From Charging for Plastic Bags, Cincinnati Enquirer

Winton Terrace: 'We Can't Breathe' as Neighboring Industrial Factories Pump Out Emissions, Cincinnati Enquirer

Association Between Residential Greenness and Cardiovascular Disease Risk, Journal of the American Heart Association

Already a Climate Change Leader, California Takes on Food Waste, Civil Eats

Trump EPA Proposes Major Rollback Of Federal Water Protections, NPR

Ohio Could Generate 20,000 Jobs with Better Energy Policies, Report Concludes, Cincinnati Business Courier

How to Dispose of Cardboard Boxes This Holiday Season, WVXU

'We Are in Trouble.' Global Carbon Emissions Reached a Record High in 2018, The Washington Post

Connect with our Members!                  View our full events calendar.

December 20: Astronomy Thursday, 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory Center

December 21: Winter Solstice Celebration, 7:00-8:30 pm, Imago

December 22: 

Christmas Bird Count, All day, Cincinnati Audubon Society

Winter Woods Walk, 1:00-2:00pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Astroimagining, 4:00-5:00 pm, Cincinnati Astronomical Society

December 23: Holiday Hike, 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

December 25: Free Entry for Great Parks, All day, Great Parks of Hamilton County

December 26: Holiday Hike, 10:00 am-noon, Great Parks of Hamilton County

December 28:

Trailside Scavenger Hunt, 1:00-3:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Winter Break Night Hike, 6:30-8:30 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

December 29: Winter Woods Walk, 1:00-2:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

December 30: Holiday Hike, 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

December 31: Happy Zoo Year, 5:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

January 1:

Free Entry for Great Parks, All day, Great Parks of Hamilton County

New Year's Day Orienteering, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

Telescope Training, 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Astronomical Society

January 5:

Winter Hike Series, noon, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park, begins at dusk, Cincinnati Observatory Center

Professional Opportunities 

Clif Bar Family Foundation is accepting applications for its Small Grants Program which offers general support grants of up to $7,000 as well as funding for specific projects to nonprofits working in one or more of the foundation's five focus areas. The application deadline is February 1, 2019.

The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation's Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program seeks to develop community capacity for sustaining local natural resources for future generations. The program will award $1.7 Million in grants nationwide to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Full proposals are due January 31. Talk with an action team about putting together a collaborative proposal!

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is offering an Organics Diversion Grant designed to assist implementation of innovative organics waste reduction and recycling programs. $100,000 in grant funds are available for projects that reduce organic waste going to the landfill. Applications are due February 1 at noon.

Xavier University's Sustainability Leadership Center will be offering Sustainability Certificate one credit courses. The first course, Technical Concepts in Sustainability takes place January 16 - February 13. Instructor Len Sauers will teach participants the scientific and technological concepts of sustainability. Learn more about additional courses offered and register at XLC's Sustainability site. GU members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Captain Planet Foundation is offering ecoTech Grants to engage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to pressing environmental challenges faced by local communities through STEM projects and nature-based design. Deadline to apply is January 15.

The Noble Research Institute is accepting applications for its 2019 Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture program, which provides students with the opportunity to work alongside agricultural professionals. Applications are being accepted now through February 6.

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Communications and Events Intern - Green Umbrella

Design Technician I - Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

Solid Waste Intern - Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

Administrative Assistant - Marvin's Organic Gardens

Director of Public Relations - Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Coalition

Venue Recycling Program Manager - Flying Pig Marathon

Environmental Science Mentorship Program - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Climate Advisor for City of Cincinnati - Natural Resources Defense Council

Environmental Science Mentorship Program - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Program Leader and Park Maintenance Technician - MetroParks of Butler County

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