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March 14, 2018

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Announcing Greenspace Gems 

A new initiative called “Greenspace Gems” recognizes and celebrates natural areas in the Tri-State for their outstanding scenic value, biological diversity, scientific importance, or historic interest. By telling the stories of these protected places, Green Umbrella seeks to grow public support for greenspace conservation and the organizations who are leading this work in our region.

Greenspace Gems are selected by a team of conservation experts from Green Umbrella’s Greenspace Action Team. “These acres of conserved greenspace help preserve the quality of our air, water and soil. These sites allow visitors to observe the natural, pre-settlement communities that once covered the Tri-State region,” says Stan Hedeen, Emeritus Professor of Biology at Xavier University.

The first five Greenspace Gems were just released. You can discover them through an interactive story map. Read the full press release.

Kristin Gangwer Joins Green Umbrella as Interim Executive Director

Green Umbrella’s staff and board welcome Kristin Gangwer as the organization's Interim Executive Director. Kristin has been involved in the local food movement, and the Green Umbrella Local Food Action Team, since her arrival in Cincinnati over 5 years ago. Most recently she served as the CEO of Our Harvest Cooperative and as part of the advisory team for the Ohio Valley Food Hub USDA grant project. She has served as a member of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council's leadership team since its formation and is the Board Co-Chair of Cultivate! Ohio Valley.

In the News

Spring Composting Tips, Confessions of a Composter

Professional Resources

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District loans free public recycling containers to event organizers. Recycling containers may be requested by completing an online form

The Wallace Center is seeking applications for its first round of the Regional Food Economies Fellowship Program. These fellowships seek to accelerate the work and raise the profile of professionals working with economic development stakeholders to pilot new approaches, establish new cross-sector partnerships, and build the case for regional food systems as a development priority. Applications are due 4/2. Learn more during an informational webinar on 3/20.

North Face is accepting applications for its 2018 Explore Fund grant (due 4/5). The Fund is open to organizations that connect people to the outdoors in meaningful ways, particularly nonprofits working to increase participation of underrepresented communities in the outdoors or protect our climate and environment. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.

People’s Liberty $10,000 Project Grants provide opportunities for individuals to implement innovative community development projects throughout the neighborhoods of Greater Cincinnati. The application is open March 21-April 11. Learn more during an information session 3/21.

The Ohio Farm to School Leadership Team will host the Ohio Farm to Cafeteria Pre-Conference & Policy Forum 4/25, 3:00-8:00 pm at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The Ohio-focused event will actively engage the community in meaningful discussion about current and emerging issues, opportunities, challenges and barriers, and policy development related to serving local foods in schools. Registration is $40, ends 4/19.

Green Jobs & Volunteer
Food Waste Consultant - Green Umbrella

Share Table Ambassador - Green Umbrella

Food Waste Evaluator - Green Umbrella 

Cincy Save the Food Fellows (up to 3) - Green Umbrella

Community Development Food Access VISTA - Working In Neighborhoods (WIN)

Ecological Landscaper - Sustainable Sights Landscaping

'Healthy Food For All' Associate - Churches Active in Northside (CAIN)

Natural Resources Technician -MetroParks of Butler County

Facility Attendant - MetroParks of Butler County

Summer Intern - Civic Garden Center

VOLUNTEER: Bag and Distribute Cypress Trees 3/21 - Ohio Valley Forestry Fellowship

VOLUNTEER: Plant Trees Along the Ohio River 3/24 - Hamilton County Stormwater Conservation District

VOLUNTEER: Keep the Park Clean - Friends of the Little Miami State Park

Please visit our Green Jobs page to view older postings.

About Green Umbrella:


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Green Umbrella Events:
Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council
Wednesday, March 14
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Interact for Health

High Performance Homes Expo
Thursday, March 15
8:30 am - noon
Energy Action Team
Sharonville Convention Center

Transportation Action Team Meeting
Thursday, March 15
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Green Umbrella

Waste Reduction Action Team Meeting
Friday, March 16
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Hamilton County Environmental Services

Greenspace Action Team Meeting
Tuesday, March 20
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Winton Woods Center

Invasive Plants Workshop
Saturday, March 31
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Greenspace Action Team
Kirby Nature Preserve

Outdoor Action Team Meeting
Thursday, April 5
8:30 - 10:00 am
Cincinnati REI

Local Food Action Team Meeting
Thursday, April 5
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Civic Garden Center

Green Drinks with Green Umbrella

Thursday, April 5
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Taft's Brewporium

Watershed Action Team Meeting

Friday, April 6
9:00 - 11:00 am
Hamilton County Environmental Services

Energy Action Team Meeting
Wednesday, April 11
8:30 - 10:30 am
Green Umbrella

Our Upcoming Member Events:

Forest Bathing
Saturday, March 17
9:30 am

Spring Amphibians
Saturday, March 17
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
MetroParks of Butler County

Women in the Outdoors: Backcountry Cooking
Saturday, March 17
1:30 pm
Great Parks of Hamilton Co.

Green Home Tour
Sunday, March 18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
USGBC, SW Ohio Chapter

Rare Plants at Richardson Preserve
Sunday, March 18
1:00 pm 
Great Parks of Hamilton Co.

Conversations on Conservation: the Nature Fix

Sunday, March 18
2:00 - 4:00 pm 
Cincinnati Nature Center

Gardening Healthy Traditions: Perspectives on Nutrition and Food Preparation
Wednesday, March 21
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Civic Garden Center

Tree Bagging & Distribution
Wednesday, March 21
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Ohio Valley Forestry Fellowship

Intro to Bike Maintenance 
Thursday, March 22
5:00 pm

Show and Tell on the Farm: Nesting Wreaths
Thursday, March 22
6:30 - 7:30 pm
MetroParks of Butler County

FILM: "Bringing Nature Home"
Friday, March 23
7:30 pm
Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage

Tree Planting on the River
Saturday, March 24
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District

Early Bird Spring Hike
Saturday, March 24
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cardinal Land Conservancy

FILM: "Inhabit - A Permaculture Perspective"
Monday, March 26
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Insects & Diseases of Edible Plants
Tuesday, March 27
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Civic Garden Center

Highland Cemetery Walk
Saturday, March 31
10:00 am
Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society

Click here to check out our full events calendar.

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