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Sustainability Spotlight

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans (10% of the population at the time) mobilized to create the first Earth Day, demanding a new way forward and launching the modern environmental movement. This led to the passage of landmark environmental laws, including the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, let us be grateful for the many successes the environmental movement has achieved, while also being aware of the challenges we continue to face. These challenges demand a unified global response, and a new way of thinking and collaborating on solutions that create a regenerative economy and society. During this unprecedented time, let us reflect upon the world we want to be and the roles that each of us play in co-creating it.  

While there may not be in-person events this Earth Day, there are virtual events you can join from home and many actions you can take.

We understand that many people are struggling right now. If you are fortunate enough to be financially secure, we ask you to consider joining our staff in donating part of your stimulus check to support the work of environmental non-profits like Green Umbrella and our members.

Let's Create a Robust Local Food System

The crisis has exposed vulnerabilities and created massive disruptions in global food supply chains and now is the time to invest in our regional food system. The good news is that farmers, organizations and consumers everywhere are stepping up. Community supported agriculture is surging. Farmers markets are adopting additional safety measures and some are offering pre-order and drive-thru pick up. School districts like Cincinnati Public Schools are working with community partners like La Soupe and Freestore Foodbank to feed thousands of families. And across the nation we are seeing a surge in backyard gardens and cooperative victory gardens.

Here are some resources to help you shop local! 

    Our partners at Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA), Produce Perks Midwest, Ohio Farmers' Market Network and Ohio Food Policy Network are championing six policies to help keep family farms in business, farmers markets open and Ohio families fed. Learn more and take action to express your support to Governor Dewine.

    The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council is proud to partner with all of these great organizations to create a healthy, equitable, sustainable food system. You can support this work and make an investment in our collaborative efforts with a donation today.

    Green Umbrella Book Club to Explore the Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

    We have all likely heard that spending time outdoors in nature provides a myriad of incredible benefits to our health and well-being, yet we continue to suffer from a chronic disconnection from nature.

    Join the Green Umbrella Book Club to discuss our next featured book: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, by Florence Williams. We will meet on May 23 and on June 25.

    Make an investment in the sustainability and resiliency of our region. 

    Donate and become a Green Umbrella member today!

    Sustainability in the Headlines

    Connect with our Members!                          View our full events calendar. 

    Ongoing: 

    Home Safari Facebook Live weekdays at 3:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

    Parks @ Home weekdays at 10:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Imago Rangers Facebook Live Fridays at 10:30 am, Imago

    Adventure in Place Saturdays at 10:00 am, Adventure Crew

    April 17: Weekly Food Access Coordination Call 9:30-11:00 am, Food Policy Council

    April 19: Finding Hope in a Time of Uncertainty 4:00-4:30 pm, Xavier University Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

    April 20: Backyard Composting Webinar 7:00-8:00 pm, Hamilton County Recycling

    April 21:

    Backyard Composting Webinar 12:00-1:00 pm, Hamilton County Recycling

    50% Solutions: Operational Strategies for Healthy Buildings 1:00-2:00 pm, Cincinnati 2030 District

    Zero Waste Living Webinar 6:30 pm, Hamilton County Recycling

    April 22:
    Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky Earth Day of Giving - co-hosted by Green Umbrella
    FB Live Earth Day Tree Planting 10:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Earth Day Climate Action Conversation 3:00-4:00 pm, Ohio Citizen Action

    Greater Cincinnati Earth Day 6:00-8:00 pm, Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition

    April 23:

    Virtual Town Hall 9:00-11:00 am, USGBC Ohio

    LEED Virtual Technical Workshop 12:30-4:30 pm, USGBC Ohio
    Party for the Planet 5:00-8:30 pm, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

    Green Umbrella Virtual Book Club 6:00-7:00 pm, Green Umbrella

    April 26: Finding Peace in a Time of Anxiety 4:00-4:30, XU Brueggeman Center

    April 28: Recycling 101 Webinar 7:00 pm, Hamilton County Recycling

    April 30: Cloth Diapering 101 7:30 pm, Hamilton County Recycling

    May 1: LEED Performance Webinar 12:15-1:30 pm, USGBC Ohio


    Professional Opportunities 
     

    Water Environment Federation is hosting a Stormwater Virtual Workshop on April 15, a Stormwater Digital Conference on April 16 and an Odors and Air Pollutants Digital Conference on April 20. 

    Inward Bound Mindfulness Education is hosting a contemplative 4-week course for climate concerned teens on Thursday nights April 16 to May 7. No teen will be turned away for lack of funds. 

    The Ohio State University Extension Office is hosting a free virtual Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness "Tournament of Education." Educational sessions are held daily at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm, through April 30.   

    The American Farmland Trust has launched a Farmer Relief Fund to help directly support farmers, with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. The initial application round has been extended until April 23, with grants beginning to be made by May 1. 

    The Conservation Alliance is offering grants of up to $50k to 501(c)(3) organizations for projects that engage grassroots citizen action that supports securing lasting and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway. Organizations must be nominated by May 1 and applications are due June 1.

    Volunteer with our Members

    Policy Committee Student Representative - Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste

    Trosset Wildflower Sanctuary VolunteersFarm Internship & Volunteer Farm Educator - Gorman Heritage Farm

    Little Miami River Live Stake Planting (5/16) - Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District

    Work with our Members

    Landscape Crew Leader - Our Land Organics

    Sales Manager - Urban Blooms

    Americorps Community Service Program - Cincinnati Zoo

    Part Time Naturalist - Bulls Run Sanctuary and Arboretum

    EcoVillage + Imago Internship & Summer Camp Intern - Imago

    Senior Design Architect - Emersion Design

    Director of Sustainability - Centre College

    Sustainability Director (UK Dining) - Aramark 

    Licensed Land Surveyor, Golf Course Superintendent, Conservation & Parks Technician & Part Time Park Rangers - Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Summer Camp Counselors - Cincinnati Parks 

    Junior & Senior Summer Camp Counselors - Gorman Heritage Farm

    Note: Hiring freezes may affect the current status of some of these job offerings. 

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