April 17, 2019 


Sustainability Spotlight 


Cincinnati's High Performance Homes

Did you know that Cincinnati has the most green apartments in Ohio? Green homes are also on the rise and now home buyers can find them easier. The Multiple Listing Service of Cincinnati recently added 88 new green home fields that help home buyers search these features and enable realtors to highlight the value they add to a home. Take a look at some of Cincinnati's High Performance Homes here. 

May is Bike Month!

Kickoff Bike Month with Queen City Bike, Tri-State Trails and the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky bicycle community at the Bike Month Kickoff Party. Ride down to Rhinegeist on April 30 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm and enjoy free pizza, delicious beer and bicycle camaraderie!



Host an Event During Great Outdoor Weekend

Host registration is open for the 16th annual Great Outdoor Weekend! Taking place September 28-29, GOW regularly sees over 10,000 participants and offers nearly 100 free, family friendly events across the tri-state area. From urban hikes to rural runs, our goal is to offer a wide variety of activities to get everyone outside enjoying nature. Sign up today to host an event or to be a sponsor!

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: Dinsmore Woods Nature Preserve

Formed in 1985, Dinsmore Woods features a 1.7-mile walking trail, an old-growth forest, and a population of the endangered native species, running buffalo clover. Protected by Boone County Parksthis 107-acre forest is adjacent to the historic Dinsmore Homestead.

Join Boone County Parks for a Wildflower Walk on April 22nd to learn more about the preservation and conservation of natural areas across the region.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

April 18 @ 1:30pm Transportation

April 19 Cancelled: Waste Reduction

April 26 Tri-State Trails Quarterly Meeting

May 2 @ 8:30am Outdoor

May 2 @ 11:00am Local Food

May 3 @ 9:30am Watershed

May 8 @ 8:30am Energy

May 8 @ 2:30am Food Policy Council: Full Council Meeting

May 21 @ 1:00pm Greenspace


Sustainability in the Headlines

You Can Ride the Streetcar for Free on Saturday, Cincinnati Enquirer

The 5 Things You Need to Know About Chemical Recycling of Plastics, GreenBiz

Blue Goes Green, a Documentary Airing Nationwide, Has Local Ties, The Interior Journal

Looking for Locally Sourced Food? There's a Guide For That, Cincinnati Enquirer

Plan Aims to Reduce Hunger, Help Farmers and Protect the Environment, Columbus Dispatch

Tree Standing Watch Over OTR for 200-Plus Years is Coming Down, WLWT

Kroger Subsidiary Ditches Single-Use Plastic Bags, Fresh Fruit Portal

Report: Clean Energy Promoting Job Growth, Columbia Daily Tribune

Cool U.S. Cities Prepare as Future 'Havens' for Climate Migrants, Reuters


Connect with our Members!                  View our full events calendar.

April 18: 

Raptors Alive 11:00am-2:00pm, Kenton County Parks & Recreation

Community Bike Ride 6:00pm, Green Umbrella, Tri-State Trails & UC|Sustainability

April 19:

Native Bee Workshop 6:00pm-9:00pm, Imago

Women's Outdoor Fashion Show & Fundraiser 7:00pm-9:30pm, Adventure Crew

April 20: 

Earth Day OTR 12:00pm-5:00pm, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Earth Day Celebration 1:00pm-3:00pm, Campbell County Conservation District

April 21: Easter Brunch 10:30am-1:00pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

April 22:

Vegan Earth Day 12:00pm-8:00pm, Vegan Earth

Rain Garden Workshop 6:00pm-8:00pm, Civic Garden Center & Rhinegeist

Earth Day Tree Planting Ceremony 1:00pm, Fairfield Parks and Recreation

April 23: Backyard Composting Seminar 7:00pm-8:00pm, Hamilton County Recycling

April 24: 12th Annual CORV Release Party 4:00pm-7:00pm, CORV Local Food Guide

April 25:

6th Annual Bike Show 4:00pm-7:00pm, UC Sustainability

Party for the Planet 4:00pm-8:00pm, Cincinnati Zoo

April 26:

Arbor Day Kick-Off Celebration 9:00am-12:00pm, Cincinnati Parks

Trailside Bike Repair Workshop 6:30pm-8:30pm, REI

April 27:

Flower-A-Thon 10:00am-5:00pm, Western Wildlife Corridor 

Greater Cincinnati Earth Day 12:00pm-5:00pm, Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition

April 28:

Kids' Fishing Derby 8:00am-3:00pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Spring Wildflowers and Warblers 10:00am, Audubon Society of Ohio

April 29: Yoga in the Garden 6:30pm-7:30pm, Civic Garden Center

April 29 - May 3: Re*Use Market 9:00am-3:00pm, UC Sustainability

April 30: Meet the Director 9:00am-11:00am, The Boone Conservancy

May 1:

Sustainable Suds Happy Hour 6:00pm-9:00pm, USGBC

Intro to Foraging for Wild Edible Plants 6:30pm-8:30pm, Cincinnati Nature Center


See all of the Earth Day events happening throughout April on our Earth Month page!


Professional Opportunities 

Ohio River Foundation will host a Student Conservation Course for high school students from June 17 - June 21. Students will engage in restoration activities, leadership development, stewardship and conservation. Applications are due by April 30. 

The Lawrence Foundation is accepting grant applications until April 30 for projects that address the environment, human services, disaster relief, and more.

Initial applications for the J.M. Kaplan Fund's Innovation Prize are due April 30. Priority areas include natural resource preservation, environmental climate change mitigation, heritage conservation and social justice reform.

The High Performance Buildings Seminar is accepting proposals for the 8th annual conference held on October 3. Proposals should illustrate how businesses can solve sustainability challenges while benefiting their bottom line. Deadline is May 10.

The OKI Regional Conservation Council annual meeting is April 23. This year's program will feature presentations on rain gardens, urban forestry, Green Umbrella's food atlas project and more. RSVP by this Friday, April 19!

Work with our Members                            View our full Green Jobs board.

Engineering/ Architecture Intern - Green Building Consulting

Grants & Major Gifts Manager - Cincinnati Nature Center

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

Summer Camp Counselors - Cincinnati Parks

Volunteer with our Members              View our full Volunteer page.   

Earth Day Protect Our Species - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Garden Work Day - UC Sustainability

Keep South Cumminsville Beautiful Clean Up - Working in Neighborhoods

Earth Day Celebration - Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition

Plant Sale 2019 - Civic Garden Center


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