March 6, 2019 


Sustainability Spotlight 


Learn about Community Resilience at the Neighborhood Summit

Invest in Neighborhoods will host its annual Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, March 16. Each year over 300 community leaders, volunteers, city officials and non-profit professionals convene to learn how to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. This year the summit will explore how building resiliency into our plans and systems builds neighborhoods and communities that can thrive. The program and expo will feature several Green Umbrella members and staff.

Take the "Plant for Pollinators" Challenge

Green Umbrella has joined dozens of organizations partnering with the Zoo to promote the Plant for Pollinators challenge. Managed by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Pollen Nation program, the campaign aims to increase pollinator habitat in the Greater Cincinnati region. The challenge launched March 1st with a goal to register at least 500 pollinator gardens annually. To join the challenge, use the Zoo's resources to plan your own garden and locate stores stocked with pollinator-friendly plants!


Watershed Action Team Hosts March Green Drinks

The Watershed Action Team will host Green Drinks on Thursday, March 14 at 3 Points Urban Brewery! Learn more about the team's Streambank Database and other ways they are working to protect the quality of local waters. 


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: Energy

Are you interested in finding out if your home is a good fit for solar? Have you always wanted to install solar on your home but you don’t know where to start?

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance and Energy Action Team encourage you to take part in the 2019 Solarize Cincy & NKY campaign! The solar purchasing program runs March 1 to June 30 and provides unbiased advice, connects residents with qualified solar installers and offers discounted pricing on high quality equipment. Learn more and see if your roof is a good fit for solar.


Attend an Action Team Meeting

March 7 @ 11:00 am Local Food

March 7 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

March 13 @ 8:30 am Energy

March 13 @ 2:30 pm GCRFPC 

March 15 @ noon Waste Reduction

March 19 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

March 21 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

April 5 @ 9:30 am Watershed


Sustainability in the Headlines

Working in Neighborhoods Breaks Ground on First of 25 Net Zero Homes - Local 12

The University of Kentucky’s Long Road to Sourcing ‘Local’ Food - Civil Eats

Clermont County Names New Director of Environmental Quality - Cincinnati Business Courier

Public Lands Legislation is One Step Closer to Becoming Law - REI

The Ocean Is Running Out of Breath, Scientists Warn - Scientific American

Project Raises Recycling Awareness Through Different Challenges - OSU Lantern

Concrete is the Most Destructive Material on Earth - The Guardian 

Governor Submits Transportation Budget Proposal that Continues Investment In Public Transit - Greater Ohio Policy Center

Governor Calls for 18-Cent Hike in Gas Tax - Toledo Blade

Chamber, Partners Launch Map to Guide Regional Transit, Job Decisions - Cincinnati Business Courier


Connect with our Members!                  View our full events calendar.

March 7, 13, 20, & 21: Save the Food Seminar, Hamilton County Recycling

March 7:

DIY Workshop: Seed Starter and Garden Carrier 6:00pm-7:30pm, Building Value

Deluxe Camping Workshop 6:30pm-8:30pm, REI

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

March 9: ASG Learning Intensive Opportunity 8:30am-3:00pm, Civic Garden Center

March 10: Show and Tell on the Farm: We are Rockin' 2:00-4:00pm, MetroParks of Butler County

March 11: Know What to do in the Woods - Outdoor Ethics 6:30-8:00pm, REI 

March 12: Norway Rat: Ecology, Behavior, & Physiology 7:30pm, Oxbow, Inc.

March 13: 

Meet the New Director 8:00am-3:30pm, Ohio Department of Agriculture

Soil Health 6:00pm-8:00pm, Civic Garden Center

March 14:

Sustainable Urban Landscapes Symposium 9:00am-5:00pm, Cincinnati Zoo

Year of Living Sustainably: Nature Connection & Gardening 6:30pm-8:00pm, Civic Garden Center, City of Cincinnati

March 15: Cultivate! Spring Farmer Social 6:00pm-8:00pm, Cultivate! Ohio Valley

March 16: Forest Conservation Workshop 9:00am-4:00pm, Boone County Conservation District

March 17: Pancakes in the Woods 9:00am-1:00pm, Cincinnati Parks

March 18: Young Professionals Council Info Session 5:30pm-7:00pm, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

March 20:

Growing Local Solar 10:00am-3:00pm, Green Energy Ohio

Flat Tire Repair Workshop 6:30pm-8:30pm, REI

Barrows Conservation Lecture Series 7:00pm-9:00pm, Cincinnati Zoo

March 21:

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

Nature Night: Turtle Hurdles 6:30pm-7:30pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Movie: Sinking Cities: Tokyo 7:00pm-8:30pm, Mount St. Joseph University


Professional Opportunities 

Culture of Innovation is hosting Good Discovery(s) on March 26. Interact with artists and creatives building products and services that impact communities for good. Green Umbrella's Michaela Oldfield will be participating in a panel on Food Innovation. 

The North Face is currently accepting grant applications for The Explorer FundThe Explore Fund was created by The North Face to build community, connect people to the benefits of outdoor exploration and empower individuals to be environmental stewards. Applications due April 2. 

Proposals for the Greater Cincinnati Foundation's Summertime Kids grants are due by 5:00 pm on March 15. These grants are intended to support programs that are enriching and fun for youth and promote learning during the summer months. 


Work and Volunteer with our Members


Summer Camp Counselors and Green Leaf Summer Youth Program - Cincinnati Parks

Maintenance Crew Leader, Facility Attendant, Park Maintenance Technician, and Rental Associate - MetroParks of Butler County

Environmental Internship/Co-op and Land Use Planning Internship/Co-op - OKI Regional Council of Governments

Community Sustainability Education Member, LCEAF Schools Sustainability Member, LCEAF Outreach Member, LCEAF School Operations Member, CREW Plant Research Internships, Volunteer and Community Engagement Member and ZooTeen Engagement Member - Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Community Development and Food Access Americorps VISTA - Working in Neighborhoods

Habitat Restoration Volunteers - Western Wildlife Cooridor

Free Tree Program, School Seedling Roundup and Tree Bagging volunteers - Ohio Valley Forestry Fellowship

Garden Workdays, Treeforestation, Compost Kids Program, and Green Learning Station volunteers - Civic Garden Center


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