February 6, 2019 



Sustainability Spotlight 



Tri-State Trails Launches Connect NKY

Tri-State Trails, in partnership with The Devou Good Project, is launching a new program called Connect NKY to expand active transportation infrastructure in Northern Kentucky through a community-powered process of testing and building bicycle and pedestrian friendly projects. Connect NKY is a privately-funded challenge that enables individuals, organizations and their respective cities to actively improve their community. Government entities and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit a proposal to receive technical assistance for a pedestrian or bicycling pilot project. Read the full press release here. There will be a RFP Workshop on February 12 at 4:00 pm at ROAD iD in Covington, KY.

Learn about Social Permaculture for Changemakers at Green Drinks

Join the Energy Action Team for the first Green Drinks event of 2019! This month's Green Drinks will be held in conjunction with Social Permaculture for Changemakers, a potluck conversation with author and social entrepreneur Adam Brock on Wednesday, February 20 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. This event will kickoff the 2-Day Living Communities Design Intensive with Brock on February 21-22 hosted by Starfire Council, Design Impact and Green Umbrella. 

Save the Date: 2019 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit is June 14

Join us on June 14, for the 2019 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit. This year's theme, From Green to Gold: Opportunities in the New Sustainable Economy, will explore how businesses and communities can benefit from incorporating sustainable practices. We are thrilled to announce Andrew Winston, renowned business consultant and author of Green to Gold and The Big Pivot, as our keynote speaker! Registration 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.

    Action Team Spotlight:

    In 2018, ORSANCO proposed to eliminate the water quality criteria it enforces for the Ohio River and the Watershed Action Team released a response urging ORSANCO to maintain them. Join Watershed Action Team members at the ORSANCO Commission meetings February 12-14.

    Attend an Action Team Meeting

    February 7 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

    February 7 @ 11:00 am Local Food

    February 13 @ 8:30 am Energy

    February 15 @ noon Waste Reduction

    February 19 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

    February 21 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

    March 1 @ 9:30 am Watershed



    Sustainability in the Headlines

    Department of Energy Commits $20.5M to Spark Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling, Waste Dive

    Large-Scale New Urbanism Community Will Test Market in Warren County, Dayton Daily News

    Loop's Launch Brings Reusable Packaging to the World's Biggest Brands, GreenBiz

    Future is Getting Warmer, But Still Bright, Cincinnati Enquirer

    Would You Pay More at the Gas Pump if it Meant Safer Ohio Roads and Bridges?, WCPO

    Cincinnati leads the way with Good Food Purchasing Policy, Policy Matters Ohio

    Cincinnati Zoo Cautions that Insects are Disappearing at an Alarming Rate, WCPO

    PACE Equity Funds Largest New PACE Construction Project in OhioPRNewswire

    Community Compost: Creating a Closed-Loop Food-and-Waste System, GreenBiz

    Metro Celebrates Ohio Loves Transit Week, Go-Metro

    Clean-Power Projects Need More Advocates in Ohio Government, Columbus Dispatch


    Connect with our Members!                  View our full events calendar.

    February 9: 

    Birds and Bugs Flying Puppets 10:00am-12:00pm, Civic Garden Center

    Volunteer Water Quality Monitor Orientation 12:00-2:00pm, Mill Creek Alliance

    Changing C0urse: Local Solutions to a Global Crisis 6:30-8:30pm, Cincinnati OES 

    February 10:

    Sugar Camp 2019: Making Maple Syrup 10:00am-4:00pm, Kenton County Parks

    11th Annual Buy Local Foods Seminar 1:45-5:00pm, OEFFA / GFPP

    February 13:

    Maple and Walnut Syrup Basics 10:00am-12:00pm, Cultivate! Ohio Valley

    Film: Trashed 6:00pm, University of Cincinnati

    February 16: Map and Compass Hike 10:00am-12:00pm, Great Parks

    February 17: Winter Trees, Invasive Plants and Birds 10:00am, Audubon Society

    February 18: 

    Kids Maple Day at the Park 11:00am-3:00pm, Great Parks
    Freshwater Mussels: a Fascinating Life History 7:00pm, Audubon Society

    February 19: Year of Living Sustainably: Equity 6:30-8:00pm, Civic Garden Center

    February 23:

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

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

    Fruit Trees: Pruning, Care, and Selecting Varieties 11:00am-2:00pm, Turner Farm

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


    Professional Opportunities 

    The Ohio EPA is hosting meetings with stakeholders across the state to pool local expertise and help identify potential locations for the EV Charging Station Grant Program. The next meeting will take place on February 13 from 2:00-5:00 pm at OKI.

    Pachamama Alliance Cincinnati Area (PACA) is offering a five session series of solution-oriented workshops based on the Drawdown Initiative, every other Wednesday beginning February 13. Learn more and contact Jim and Susan Vogt if interested.

    Mount St. Joseph University is hosting a Sustainability Expo and Job Fair on March 6 to offer community members the opportunity to find out more about local companies and non-profits committed to sustainable products, services, and business practices.

    Cincinnati Permaculture Institute is offering a Winter Weekend Permaculture Design Certification from February 22 through March 24.

    Xavier University Sustainability Leadership Center is offering one-credit courses:
    Building Green, LEED & Beyond with Sanyog Rathod (2/20-3/27) and Energy Management with Michael Forrester (4/3-5/1). GU members receive a 10% discount.

    Work and Volunteer with our Members


    Farm/ Homestead Intern - Enright Ridge Eco-Village

    Marketing Assistant Superintendent, Asset Manager Assistant Superintendent, and Administrative Specialist - Greater Cincinnati Water Works

    Waste Reduction Action Team Intern - Green Umbrella

    Pollution Prevention Internship - Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

    Interpretive Specialist - Fernald Nature Preserve

    Volunteer Water Quality Monitors - Mill Creek Alliance

    Senior Park Manager, Auxiliary Park Ranger, and Public Safety Assistant - MetroParks of Butler County

    Part-Time Field Educators - Ohio River Foundation

    Summer Day Camp Counselor - Cincinnati Nature Center


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