December 5, 2018 

Sustainability Spotlight 

Celebrate our Action Teams at the Green Umbrella 20th Anniversary Celebration

Since their introduction in 2011, our Action Teams have played a crucial role in the development and achievements of Green Umbrella over the past 20 years. In fact, these cross-sector collaborative teams drive our mission as a collective impact organization. At the Anniversary Celebration, we are excited to celebrate their success and honor the Action Team chairs that are stepping down. Be sure to check out our Facebook page where we are featuring each action team and their accomplishments over the years and don't forget to stop by their tables at the celebration to learn how you can get involved. 


We would also like to thank all of the gracious sponsors of our anniversary Celebration. A special thank you to our Green Sponsor, Cohen Recycling who will share  some of the work they are doing to advance sustainability in the region. We would also

like to thank our Sustain Sponsor, Fifth Third Bank.

We hope to see you all tomorrow from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Sanctuary!

Welcome Tremaine Phillips: Director of the 2030 District 

Green Umbrella is excited to introduce Tremaine Phillips as the Director of the Cincinnati 2030 District! Tremaine joins GU from EmpowerSaves where he was the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. The former Energy Action Team chair, Tremaine has worked for over a decade to accelerate the nation’s transition to clean and renewable energy resources through advocacy and public policy. He is honored and energized to convene a truly world-class collection of Cincinnati-area sustainability, business, and community leaders to ensure that Cincinnati is not only a participant, but a pioneer in the global movement towards urban sustainability. The Cincinnati 2030 District Director role was funded by a grant from the Duke Class Benefit fund. 


Good Food Purchasing Program

Did you know that Cincinnati Public Schools serves more meals than all our local restaurants combined? The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council in partnership with local coalition, Good Food Cincy, is working to ensure the health and sustainability of school lunches with the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP). Centered around five values - local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare and nutrition - GFPP provides a metric-based framework for large institutions' food purchasing practices. 

Join the Food Policy Council and Good Food Cincy at the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education meeting on December 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm where GFPP will be discussed. Contact Brennan Grayson or Michaela Oldfield for more information on how you can get involved.


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.

Greenspace Gem: Gilmore MetroPark

This month's featured Greenspace Gem, Gilmore MetroPark, has been named a "birder's paradise." Located in Hamilton, OH and protected by MetroParks of Butler County, Gilmore was designated an "Important Bird Area" by the National Audubon Society. The site includes a raised bird blind and viewing decks with the potential to see great egrets, black-crowned night-herons, great blue herons, and many other migratory bird species. This Greenspace Gem also has wetlands, historic ice ponds and three miles of trails.  

Attend an Action Team Meeting

All December Action Team meetings are cancelled except:

December 7 @ 9:30 am Watershed

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 15 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

January 17 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

January 18 @ noon Waste Reduction

Greenspace Gems recognizes and celebrates natural areas in the Green Umbrella region. By telling the stories of these protected places, we hope to grow public support for greenspace conservation and the organizations who are leading this work in our region.

Sustainability in the Headlines

Greater Cincinnati Nonprofit Celebrates 20 Years, The News Record

'Better Bus Map' Uses Modern Design to Make Metro Look Less 'Cluttered,' WCPO Cincinnati

New Solar Array Powers Change at Institute for Food Farm, Miami University

What is Project Mullet?, OKI Regional Council of Governments

Cincinnati Zoo Lands Top Rating for $12M Project, Cincinnati Business Courier

Hamilton County Has A Greener Way of Growing Crops, WVXU Cincinnati

Kentucky Won't Escape Human-Driven Climate Change, Federal Report Warns, WVXU Cincinnati

Chamber Adds Leader for its Transportation Coalition, Cincinnati Business Courier

Dozens Gather for Thanksgiving Meal in Avondale, Spectrum News 1

Is Your City Making the Effort to Make Recycling Work?, Earth 911


Connect with our Members!                  View our full events calendar.

December 6:

20th Anniversary Celebration, 4:00-7:00 pm, Green Umbrella

Plant Exploration, 6:00-8:00 pm, Friends of Boone County Arboretum

December 7: 

Holiday Market, 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

First Friday Conversation: Plastic Free Life, 7:00-8:30 pm, Imago

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

December 8: 

Greens Gathering: Bring your own container, 10:00 am-noon, Civic Garden Center

Bird Count Celebration, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Upcycled Holidays, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Imago

December 10: 

Winter is for the Birds, 6:00-7:30 pm, Clermont County Park District

December 11:

Annual Holiday Party, 6:00-8:30 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

December 12: 

Taste of Nature: Chestnuts, 6:30-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Guide Stars, 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory Center

December 15: 

Christmas Bird Count, all day, National Audubon Society

Bird Count, 7:00 am-noon, MetroParks of Butler County

Let's Go Hiking! Surviving Winter, 10:30 am-noon, MetroParks of Butler County

December 19: 

MSD Public Hearing, 11:30 am, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati


Professional Opportunities 

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. An informational meeting will be held on December 12, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at the Hamilton County Health Department. Please RSVP to Cher Mohring or call 513-946-7737 to reserve your spot. Applications are due on or before February 1, 2019 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.

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, 2019. More information and instructions to apply can be found here. 

Work and Volunteer with our Members


District Manager - Kenton County Conservation District

Climate Advisor for City of Cincinnati - Natural Resources Defense Council

Environmental Science Mentorship Program - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Executive Director - The Boone Conservancy

Market Manager - Montgomery Farmers Market

Green Corps Manager - Mill Creek Alliance

Visitor Services Technician, Program Leader and Park Maintenance Technician - MetroParks of Butler County

Corporate Affairs Sustainability Manager - Kroger



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