March 20, 2019 


Sustainability Spotlight 


Year of Living Sustainably: Nature Connection & Gardening

Celebrate the first day of spring by getting outside and connecting with nature, this month's Year of Living Sustainably theme! Get in touch with your roots by visiting one of our local Greenspace Gems or tending to your own garden. Visit our events calendar to see the many opportunities to connect with nature through our member organizations. 

Vote for Tri-State Trails at REI

Help us CROWN Cincinnati with a 30-mile separated trail loop around Cincinnati's urban core! During REI's Loving Our Local Outdoors grant competition, any co-op member who makes a purchase before April 8 will be given a wooden nickle to vote for one of three local stewardship projects. Green Umbrella's Tri-State Trails initiative is in the running to receive funding for the CROWN project.

Register for the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit

Register for the 2019 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit held on June 14! Keynote speaker Andrew Winston will set the stage for our theme: From Green to Gold: Opportunities in the New Sustainable Economy. We'll explore how businesses and communities can benefit from incorporating sustainable practices through breakout sessions including "Opportunities with the Cincinnati 2030 District" and "Green New Deal's Impact for Southwest Ohio." See all of our session topics on our website and contact Rashida Manuel 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: California Woods

Formed in the 1930s, California Woods supports some 50 species of upland and riparian trees and more than 200 species of native wildflowers. Protected by Cincinnati Parks, this 113-acre preserve borders the Magrish Riverlands Preserve, a little Miami River floodplain forest and designated Important Birding Area.

Support California Woods by volunteering at the nature preserve's Green Day on April 13.  Afterwards, you can enjoy a guided Wildflower Walk from 1:30 - 3:00 pm. 

Attend an Action Team Meeting


March 21 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

April 4 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

April 4 @ 11:00 am Local Food

April 5 @ 9:30 am Watershed

April 10 @ 8:30 am Energy

April 11 @ 5:30 pm Green Drinks

April 16 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

April 19 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction


Sustainability in the Headlines

Cleaner and Greener: Cincinnati's 2030 District, Cincinnati Magazine

Restoration Projects Along Great Miami River & Tributaries, Soapbox Cincinnati

Cintas Facility in Mason, Ohio Secures Highest Zero Waste Certification, Associated Press

Great Parks Added More Than 150 Acres in 2018, WVXU

Up to 500 Bike Racks Would Be Installed in Covington Under Group's Plan, WCPO

Mill Creek Alliance Program Removes Invasive Species & Barriers for Youth, CityBeat

How Spending Just 20 Minutes in a Park Improves Health and Happiness, Time Magazine

Fashion Initiative at UC Aims to Save the Planet, UC News Record

NKY Students From 26 Schools Learn About Food Sustainability, Northern Kentucky Tribune


Connect with our Members!                  View our full events calendar.

March 21: Sustainability and Equity with Carolyn Finney 4:00pm-5:00pm, Xavier University

March 23:

NKY Bluebird Trail Monitor NestWatch 11:00am-2:00pm, Kenton County Parks

Seed Starting Garden Workshop 11:30am-12:30pm, Working in Neighborhoods

Pollinator Garden Planning 10:00am-12:00pm, Boone County Conservation District

Bird Banding & Rookeries 7:00am-9:30am, MetroParks of Butler County

March 24:

Oxbow Bird Trip 8:00am-10:00am, Oxbow, Inc. 

Early Spring Hike 1:00pm-2:00pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

March 25:

Base Camp: Better Bus 4:00pm-6:00pm, Better Bus Coalition

Yoga in the Garden 6:30pm-7:30pm, Civic Garden Center

March 27: Innovation + Biomimicry in the Built Environment 5:00pm-8:00pm, Emersion Design, BluEarth, & Human Nature

March 28: Perennials for Pollinator Diversity 6:00pm-8:00pm, Civic Garden Center

March 29: Nocturnal Vocalizations 7:00pm-8:00pm, Audubon Society of Ohio

March 29 & 30: Performance: Lungs 7:30pm-9:30pm, Walterhoope

March 30: 

Women in the Outdoors 9:00am-11:00am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

All About Water 1:00pm-2:00pm, MetroParks of Butler County

Fruit Tree Grafting 1:00pm-3:00pm, Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Green Cleaning Workshop 2:00pm-4:00pm, Imago

March 31: Scraps Food Rescue Cook-Off 2:00pm-6:00pm, Rhinegeist

April 3:

Backyard Composting Seminar 7:00pm-8:00pm, Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District

Treeforestation 6:30pm-8:00pm, Civic Garden Center & REI


Professional Opportunities 

The Campbell County Conservation District is accepting applications for the County Agriculture Improvement Program (CAIP). Applications for CAIP will be available March 25th to April 12th at Campbell County Conservation District. Call 859-635-5666 to learn more.

The Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (CUCI) is accepting applications for Co-op U. This three-month-long training and support program helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop worker-owned business plans. 

The Civic Garden Center is partnering with Franklin Park Conservatory to host the We Dig Ohio! Urban Agriculture & Community Garden Summit in Columbus on March 23. Sessions and workshops will explore urban agriculture and community gardening in the Ohio region. 


Work and Volunteer with our Members


Grocery Store Operator - Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation

Housing Improvement and Urban Gardening VISTA - MCURC

Sustainability Manager - City of Dayton

Outdoor Educator and Summer Nature Camp Intern - Imago

Public Programs Associate - Cincinnati Nature Center

Sales Support Representative - Donovan Energy

Volunteer Manager - Gorman Heritage Farms

Transportation Analyst/ Programmer - OKI Regional Council of Governments

Park Caretaker - MetroParks of Butler County

Food Hub Team Member - Our Harvest Cooperative

Tri-State Trails GIS Intern - Green Umbrella

Economic Empowerment VISTA - Working in Neighborhoods

Volunteer Orientation for Adults - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Community Garden Clean Up - Working in Neighborhoods

2019 Spring Litter Clean Up - Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District

Doe Run Lake Clean Up 2019 - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful & Kenton County Parks

East Walnut Hills Clean Up - Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability


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