April 25, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

May is Bike Month!

Join Tri-State Trails and Queen City Bike in celebrating all things biking this May. Events for all ages, abilities and interests can be found at cincybikemonth.com. You’ve got a few days left in April to dig your bike out of storage and get it ready to ride! Don't forget to ride on National Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 18. Breakfast on the Bridge takes place from 7:00-9:00 am and you can ride Metro and TANK free with a bike that day. Learn more.

Vandana Shiva Shared Seeds of Hope on Earth Day

Acclaimed Indian scientist, activist and seed-saver, Vandana Shiva, spent Earth Day in Cincinnati hosted by Xavier University. In her lecture Sunday night she shared the hope that comes from the scientific evidence that regenerative agricultural practices could be a game-changer in drawing down atmospheric carbon and reversing climate change. She encouraged the audience to buy local food, plant a garden and get involved in Green Umbrella, the region’s sustainability alliance! Learn more about Navdanya, her seed-collecting network in India. 

A New Way to Support Green Umbrella

Green Umbrella can now accept donations of stock. Talk to your financial planner or accountant about the benefits of making gifts of appreciated securities as you plan your annual giving. Learn more.

Action Teams

Action Teams bring together people and organizations who share common goals around a particular environmental issue areas. Teams implement strategies to drive progress on our 2020 Goals. Green Umbrella also has two Initiatives: Tri-State Trails and the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council.

Energy Action Team

The Energy Action Team works to increase energy efficiency and the renewable energy production of our region. Here are a few ways your organization or household can participate in the team’s work. On June 1, the team is hosting a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hog Creek Wind Farm in Ada, Ohio (transportation provided for the first 35 registrants). Explore the possibility of generating your own electricity through Solarize. Search for or list green homes for sale by using the MLS Green Features. Check out the many opportunities to upgrade the energy efficiency of your home or business on the Action Team's website.

Attend an Action Team or Initiative Meeting

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 9 @ 2:30 pm Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

May 15 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace 

May 17 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

May 18 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

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

Sustainability in the Headlines

Cintas Corporation Tackles Food Waste in Support of Green Umbrella Campaign, Business Wire

Earth Day OTR Hosted in Washington Park, Cincinnati Enquirer

How to End Plastic Pollution, 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

Cincinnati's Red Bike Announces Equity Effort, CityBeat

P&G Reveals Ambitious New Sustainability Goals, Cincinnati Business Courier

Duke Energy Opens Solar Power Plant in Kentucky, Cincinnati Enquirer

Going Green Earns UC Campus 'Gold,' UC Magazine

How Fort Wayne's Trails are Connecting Communities, Input Fort Wayne

'Green Burial' Advocates Sponsor Movie Screening 4/25 at the Esquire, CityBeat

Ohio Legislative Caucus Works to Raise Awareness of Ohio's Trails, 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

Grocery Stores Get Get Mostly Mediocre Scores On Their Food Waste Efforts, 91.7 WVXU

Can Dirt Save the Earth?, New York Times Magazine

Around the World, the Environment is Finally Getting its Day in Court, Public Radio International

Connect with our Members      View our full events calendar.

April 28 - May 5Big Week of Birding, 7:00 am, MetroParks of Butler County

Thursday, April 26: Food Policy Happy Hour at the Farm to Cafeteria Conference, 6:00 pm, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

Saturday, April 28:

Flower-a-thon, 9:00 am-8:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor 

Great American CleanUp, 8:00 am, Keep Covington Beautiful

Great American CleanUp, 8:00 am, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Mill Creek Tour, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Cincinnati Museum Center, Mill Creek Alliance (register by April 25)

Healthy Kids Day, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Spring Fest​ in the Woods, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

Sunday, April 29:

Winding Walks Green Home Tour, 10:00 am-noon, USGBC

Hummingbirds, 1:00-2:00 pm, Fernald Preserve​

Tuesday, May 1: Ensuring Our Healthy Food Future, 5:30-8:00 pm, Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market

Wednesday, May 2: Comprehensive Master Plan Workshop​, 6:00-8:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

May 3-May 5: E-Waste Recycling Drive​, 7:00 am-3:00 pm, Cohen Recycling

Saturday, May 5: 

Sound Walk, 6:30 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

The Plant Sale, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Medicinal and Edible Plants Workshop​, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

Nature Days: Edible Plants, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Imago

Family Bluebird Box​ Checking, 1:30-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Sunday, May 6: 

Plant Sale Fundraiser, 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Enright Ridge Urban EcoVillage

Bike Maintenance, 11:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

National Bike Month Group Ride, 1:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Monday, May 7: Outdoor Skills School Map and Compass 101, 7:00-9:30 pm, Outdoor Skills School

Wednesday, May 9: ​

The Art of Food Preservation​, 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Free Milkweed for Monarchs​, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Fernald Preserve

May  11-12: Bird-a-thon, 5:00 pm-5:00 pm, Oxbow Inc.

Professional Opportunities 

PEDCO’s 7th Annual High Performance Buildings Seminar is creating a thoughtful discussion on sustainability within the built environment and wants your help! Share your expertise and knowledge by joining the team of presenters on 10/4/18 at the Sharonville Convention Center. Submit your idea for a presentation online by 4/27. This year’s theme is Energy, centered around high impact, energy efficiency and carbon reducing strategies.

The NextGen Committee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation seeks proposals for existing or new programs that would measurably reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, either by preventing the emission of those gases or by sequestering gases. The Foundation intends to award one $90,000 grant to the organization with the best proposal, to fund work during the 2019 calendar year. The RFP closes 7/11; details are available online.

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. Review the RFP online.

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Office Manager - Mill Creek Alliance

Giving Fields Farm Manager - Freestore Foodbank

Scripps Howard Communication Intern - Ohio River Foundation

Senior Program Officer - Interact For Health

Part-Time Field Educator - Ohio River Foundation

Ropes Facilitator/Technician - Camp Joy

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