Welcome to the new Green News! April 11, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Mark Your Calendar for Earth Day Events

There are plenty of great events happening in Greater Cincinnati this Earth Day. Mark your calendars, get outside, and join us in celebrating our planet! Visit our full event calendar or see the list below of Green Umbrella member-led events.

Saturday, April 21

Sunday, April 22

Local Food Hub Spotlight

Thanks to a USDA Local Food Promotion Program grant awarded to Green Umbrella last October, Cincinnati's local food hubs (Our Harvest Cooperative and Ohio Valley Food Connection) have been actively working to bring more local fresh produce to the area's school children. The first public school system to start purchasing is Dayton Independent Schools in Dayton KY. Food Service Director Stacie Pabst is thrilled with the quality of the local apples, greens, blueberries, and other products they have already purchased and plans to continue sourcing locally over the summer and for the next school year. Read more 

Action Teams

Action Teams bring together people who share common goals around a particular environmental topic. Teams implement strategies to drive progress on our 2020 Goals.

Outdoor Action Team

The Outdoor Action Team is made up of organizations that get people of all ages and abilities outside. The team is currently planning Great Outdoor Weekend 2018, with a focus on broadening the types and geographic scope of free events offered on September 29 & 30. The team invites ALL Green Umbrella member organizations to consider hosting an outdoor event somewhere in our 10-county region. You can register an event online or contact events@greenumbrella.org to learn more. Join us as we make sure everyone has opportunities to  get outside!

Attend an Action Team Meeting

April 17 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace 

April 19 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

May 3 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

May 3 @ 11:00 am Local Food

May 4 @ 9:00 am Watershed

May 9 @ 8:30 am Energy

May 18 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

Join an Action Team to act locally... 
become a Green Umbrella Member

Sustainability in the Headlines

Cincinnati is Ohio's Top Solar City, WVXU Cincinnati

The State of Sustainability in Cincinnati, Green Cincinnati News

Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration Taking Shape at Summit Park, Soapbox Media

Licking River Greenway Trail Extension Work Starts Soon, WVXU Cincinnati

3-Foot Safe-Passing Law Passes Kentucky House, on to Senate, WCPO

Lloyd Library Exhibit Focuses on Food Gardening: Then and Now, Cincinnati Enquirer

Don't Live in a Flood Plain? Still Prepare for Heavy Rains, WVXU Cincinnati

Cincinnati Metro to Test Free WiFi on Select Buses, CityBeat

New Outdoor Series Taught By Women, For Women, WVXU Cincinnati

9-Year-Old Asks City Leaders for a Sidewalk to Safely Walk to School, WCPO

Only a Few American Cities Are Growing Transit Ridership — Here’s What They’re Doing Right, Streets Blog USA

The Unappreciated Economic Value of Environmental Stewardship, Anthropocene Magazine

How the Humble Bicycle Can Save our Cities, Fast Company

Shell Outlines Scenario for Halting Climate Change, The Washington Post

Connect with our Members      View our full events calendar.

Friday, April 13

Women's Outdoor Fashion Show, 7:00 pm, Outdoor Adventure Clubs

A Ribbiting Experience, 8:00-10:00 pm, Fernald Preserve

Between the Miamis Art Exhibit: Opening Night at Sharon Woods, 6:00-9:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County. Exhibit runs through April 29.

Saturday, April 14: 

Spring Migration Walk, 8:00 am-noon, Oxbox Inc. 

Community Electronics Recycling Day, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Mount St. Joseph Univ.

Spring NEP Clean-up, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

The First Night Light, 8:00-10:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

Monday, April 16: UC Bike Show, 4:00-7:00 pm, UC|sustainability

Tuesday, April 17

Spring Blooms, 1:00-2:30 pm, Boone County Arboretum

Intro to Composting, 6:00 pm, UC|sustainability 

Wednesday, April 18

CORV Release Party, 4:30-6:30 pm, CORV

Managing Native Plants in your Landscape, 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Saturday, April 21

Good Healthy Food Fair, 1:00-3:00 pm, Working in Neighborhoods

Crane Hollow Nature Preserve Hike, Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society

Sunday, April 22Grow your own Native Wildflowers, Cincinnati Nature Center

Red Bud Blossom Celebration, 1:00-5:00 pm, Imago (NEW DATE)

Monday, April 23: FILM: Threading the Oceans, 6:00-7:00 pm, N. Kentucky Univ.

Wednesday, April 25: FILM: In the Parlor, 7:00 pm, Heritage Acres

Saturday, April 28: Flower-A-Thon, 9:00 am-8:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

Professional Opportunities 

OKI Regional Conservation Council's 2018 Annual Meeting is on 4/17 at the Fernald Preserve. Sponsored by county conservation districts of the Tri-State, this event features presentations on a variety of conservation management issues, funding opportunities and cutting edge practices. Registration closes 4/13 and ranges from $10-$20.

Interact for Health is hosting “PR: Working with the News Media” on 4/17, 9:00 am-noon. This workshop focuses on the basics of effective media relations and outreach. Attendees will learn how to properly develop, target, time and submit effective, "newsworthy," and relevant press releases and pitches, as well as key tips for working with reporters. Registration is $35 for non-profits and closes 4/12. 

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has issued an Ensuring Environmental Sustainability RFP. The purposes of the RFP are to contribute to the conservation, restoration, and beautification of our region and to promote waste reduction, energy conservation, and the ecological education of future generations. Grants will be awarded up to $25,000. The deadline to apply is 4/30. An informational workshop will be held 4/18. Review the RFP online.

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Executive Assistant - Civic Garden Center

Senior Program Officer - Interact For Health

Part-Time Field Educator - Ohio River Foundation

Ropes Facilitator/Technician - Camp Joy

Project Director - Mill Creek Alliance

Greenhouse Intern - Greenacres Foundation

Event Host - MetroParks of Butler County

Marketing Manager - Greenacres Foundation

Riding Instructor - Greenacres Foundation

Summer Camp Counselor - Cincinnati Parks 

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