February 21, 2019 


Sustainability Spotlight 


CHCA Food Symposium 

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA) will host a Food Symposium April 4 - 5, 2019. Featuring speakers on topics related to sustainability, agriculture and conservation, organizers hope the two-day event will serve as a springboard for conversations and a catalyst for change. Keynote speakers include farmer and author, Joel Salatin, and journalist and educator, P. Simran Sethi.

Member Spotlight: Civic Garden Center HUB Gardens

This month's Year of Living Sustainably theme is Equity! With climate change impacting urban neighborhoods at a disproportionate level, having neighborhood environmental education centers is more vital than ever. 


The Civic Garden Center is fostering community resiliency and increased access to healthy food through a new HUB Garden pilot. The center selected three of its 70 member gardens that have exhibited effective leadership in their targeted communities. These HUB gardens will receive further programming support designed to strengthen the garden, the surrounding community and other community gardens in close proximity. By creating hubs with expanding educational opportunities that include a broad range of environmental topics, they hope to create a model that can be replicated in our area and elsewhere.


Midwest Regional Sustainability Registration Opens February 25th! 

Join us on June 14, for the 2019 Midwest Regional Sustainability SummitRegistration opens February 25th. Contact us about opportunities to sponsor the event or be an exhibitor.


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: Sharon Woods

Greenspace Gems recognizes and celebrates natural areas in the Green Umbrella region with outstanding scenic value, biological diversity, scientific importance or historic interest. Learn more or nominate a greenspace gem near you.

Established in 1930, Sharon Woods was the first park in Great Parks’ system. The 740-acre park features a 90-foot cliff with exposed marine fossils and a forested gorge created over 20,000 years ago. Visitors can access the gorge by a 0.7 mile trail paralleling the creek or traverse a series of hiking trails throughout the grounds. Support Great Parks of Hamilton County by volunteering or contributing to Great Parks Forever. 

Attend an Action Team Meeting

February 21 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

March 1 @ 9:30 am Watershed

March 7 @ 11:00 am Local Food

March 7 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

March 13 @ 8:30 am Energy

March 15 @ noon Waste Reduction

March 19 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace



Sustainability in the Headlines

9 Ways to Cut Down on Plastic, The New York Times

The Next Generation of Farming, Soapbox Cincinnati

Your Cincinnati Parks: Building Better Lives and Better Communication, Local 12

Study: Nearly Two-Thirds Of Hamilton County Trash Could Be Diverted From Landfill, WVXU

Pollution Controls Along the Ohio River Will Stay Put - For Now, Citybeat

Will Public Transit and Bicyclists Get a Cut of Proposed Ohio Gas Tax?, Cincinnati Enquirer

Conservative Ohio Voters Want Most of Ohio’s Electricity to Come from Renewable Sources, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tri-State Trails Launches Program to Make NKY Roads Safer for Walkers and Cyclists, WCPO

You Can’t Design Bike-Friendly Cities Without Considering Race and Class, CityLab

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline, NPR


Connect with our Members!                  View our full events calendar.

February 22: Botany & Brews - Citrus 6:00-8:00pm, Cincinnati Parks

February 23:

Taking Root Tree Summit 9:00am-12:00pm, Taking Root

Just One Earth Symposium 9:00am-1:30pm, Pachamama Alliance

Outdoor Accessibility for All 1:30-3:00pm, REI / Cincinnati Art Museum

February 24: Maple Sugar Days 12:00-4:00pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

February 26:

Finding Balance in Neighborhood Development 6:30-8:00pm, Community Shares

Winter Membership Meeting 6:30-8:15pm, Western Wildlife Corridor 

February 28: Nutrient Management Workshop 9:00am-12:00pm, Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District

Save the Food Seminar 11:30am-12:15pm, Hamilton County Recycling

Rumpke Landfill Tour 2:00pm, UC Sustainability

March 2:

Maple in Mt. Airy 9:00am-1:00pm, Cincinnati Parks

March 5: 

Garden Basics: Get Your Garden Growing 10:00am-12:00pm, Civic Garden Center

Weather Spotter Class 6:00-8:00pm, Kenton County Parks & Recreation

March 6:

Film: Seed: The Untold Story 6:00pm, UC Sustainability

Paddling Film Festival 6:00pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

March 7: Save the Food Seminar 11:30am-12:15pm, Hamilton County Recycling

March 8: Public Workers Tree Seminar 7:15am-2:45pm, Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council


Professional Opportunities 

Great Parks of Hamilton County has several upcoming Job Fairs to fill part-time positions in recreation, conservation, and outdoor education. There will be four separate events taking place on March 2, March 9, and March 23. 

Boone County Conservation District is hosting a Forest Conservation Workshop on March 16. It is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Kentucky's urban forests, the natural history of our region, invasive species, and funding opportunities.


Work and Volunteer with our Members


Summer Energy Co-Op - Kroger

Budget and Financial Reporting Analyst - MetroParks of Butler County

Deliver Intern, Analytic Intern, and Logistics and Food Safety Intern - Local Food Connection

Project Manager - Green Building Certification - Sol design + consulting

Environmental Interpretation Intern - Cincinnati Nature Center

Summer Intern - Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati

Summer Camp Coordinator, Senior Camp Counselor, Junior Camp Counselor, and Volunteer Farm Educator - Gorman Heritage Farm Gorman Heritage Farm

Seasonal Intern/ Co-Op Position - Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

Summer Conservation Internship - Campbell County Conservation District

Part-Time Raptor Feeder/ Tenant - Raptor Inc. 

Great Tree Summit Volunteers - Taking Root

Volunteer Orientation - Cincinnati Parks

Family Community Service Volunteer Program - Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Volunteer Orientation for Adults and for Teens - Great Parks of Hamilton County


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