April 3, 2019 


Sustainability Spotlight 


Celebrate Earth Month with Green Umbrella!

April is Earth Month! Check out our Earth Month events page for all of the Earth Day activities taking place around the region. You can also celebrate by joining Green Umbrella's Earth Day Instagram Challenge! One lucky winner will be selected to win a limited edition green umbrella. If you need inspiration for your photos, get outside and visit one of our Greenspace Gems!

Year of Living Sustainably: Floods - Resilience

April showers bring May flowers, but climate change means that floods are intensifying. Help promote resiliency in your community by planting a rain garden or cleaning up litter to keep drains clear. You can learn more about flood preparation at one of this month's Year of Living Sustainably events! Commit to making an even greater impact by registering for the Drawdown EcoChallenge running April 3rd - April 24th. You can join a team, create your own, or play as an individual. The Cincinnati-based team with the most points at the end of the month will be recognized by Cincinnati's Office of Environment and Sustainability!


Join Us for Green Drinks on April 11th!

Celebrate Earth Month with the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council (GCRFP) at Green Drinks! Join us at Fibonacci Brewing from 5:30 - 7:00 pm on April 11th to network with others interested in sustainability and hear what the GCRFP has been up to! Please note that parking in the back lot is limited, but free street parking is available. 

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: Great Miami River Conservation Fund

The Miami Conservancy District, United States Fish & Wildlife Service’s Partners for Wildlife program and Ohio River Foundation are partnering on a conservation fund specifically dedicated to restoration projects for an Ohio River sub-watershed in Ohio. Together, they will provide approximately $250,000 in seed money for the first five years. Projects will include removing invasive plant species from the Great Miami River corridor and its tributaries as well as planting native trees along river banks.

Attend an Action Team Meeting


April 4 @ 8:30am Outdoor

April 4 Cancelled: Local Food

April 5 @ 9:30am Watershed

April 8 @ 1:00pm Food Policy Land Use

April 9 @ 2:30pm Food Policy Access

April 10 @ 8:30am Energy

April 10 @ 2:30pm Food Policy Distribution

April 16 @ 1:00pm Greenspace

April 18 @ 1:30pm Transportation

April 19 Cancelled: Waste Reduction


Sustainability in the Headlines

Walking and Biking Trail Aims to Connect Uptown to East Side, The News Record

Ohio Lawmakers Pass 10.5 Cent Gas Tax Hike, CityBeat

Making Room for Floods in the Midwest, American Rivers

Business Gets on the Transit Levy Bus, but Roadblocks Remain, Cincinnati Business Courier

The Inequality of America’s Parks and Green Space, CityLab

Is Rumpke Still Recycling Your Paper and Plastic?, WCPO

This Is What Best-By, Use-By, and Sell-By Dates Really Mean, Reader's Digest

Get Ready For The Growing Season!, WVXU

Your Organization Can Start Taking a Bite Out of Office Food Waste, GreenBiz


Connect with our Members!                  View our full events calendar.

April 4: 

Spring Bike Workshop 6:00pm-7:00pm, UC Sustainability

Rain Gardens 6:00pm-8:00pm, Civic Garden Center

April 5: Play: Lungs 7:30pm-9:00pm, Walterhoope

April 6:

Connecting Meaningful Work and Ecology 9:00am-12:00pm, Imago

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

April 7:

One Stop Drop 12:00pm-4:00pm, Amberley Village & Cohen Recycling

The Buzz on Native Bees 2:00pm-3:00pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

April 9:

Flood Resilience - An Informal Conversation 5:00pm-6:30pm, City of Cincinnati

Annual Pond Clinic 5:30pm-8:00pm, Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District

April 10:

Year of Living Sustainably: Resilience-Floods 6:30pm-8:00pm, Civic Garden Center

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

April 11:

Poultry Workshop 6:00pm-8:00pm, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation

April 13: 

Cooking for the Family 10:30am-1:00pm, Working in Neighborhoods

Outdoor Accessibility for All 1:30pm-3:00pm, REI

April 15:

Film: Story of Stuff 6:00pm-8:00pm, UC Sustainability

Hiking, Birding, Education, and Research 7:00pm-8:00pm, Audubon Society of Ohio

April 17: 

Charitable Suds Fundraiser 5:00pm-8:00pm, Ohio Citizen Action

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

April 18: Community Bike Ride 6:00pm, Green Umbrella, Tri-State Trails


Professional Opportunities 

USGBC Ohio will be hosting DesignColumbus 2019 on April 8th, providing an opportunity to learn and engage in the transformation of the built environment to be more healthy, prosperous and sustainable. Sessions offering AIA, LEED, and IDCEC continuing education credits are available. 

Heapy Engineering will host the 9th Annual Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care on April 17th. The symposium is an educational event for healthcare providers and industry partners featuring various education sessions, a keynote luncheon and a trade show with exhibitors focusing on the health care industry. 

Space is still available for the Ohio EPA Grant Writing Workshop on April 9th. Attendees will learn how to identify foundations, corporations and government grant programs, develop realistic objectives and write winning proposals. To register, email dennis.clement@epa.gov or call 614-644-2048 for additional information. 

Join the Civic Garden Center for a free School Garden Teacher Workshop on April 11th from 3:30pm - 5:00pm. Garden Education staff from Greenacres Foundation will discuss how to integrate science concepts into the garden. RSVPs are encouraged but not necessary.


Work and Volunteer with our Members

Senior Camp Counselor - Gorman Heritage Farm

Conservation Intern - Boone County Conservation District

Insulation Technicians - Sustainergy

Program Leader, Natural Resources Technician, Manager of Visitor Services and Natural Resources Crew Leader - MetroParks of Butler County

Outreach Manager, Conservation & Parks Technician and Guest Experiences Administrator - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Assistant Artist - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Doe Run Lake Clean Up - Kenton County Parks and Recreation

State Roadway Clean Up - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Green Day Park Clean Up - Cincinnati Parks

East Walnut Hills Neighborhood Clean Up - City of Cincinnati

Spring Litter Clean Up and Riparian Planting - Clermont Soil and Water Conservation

Spring Imago Amigos - Imago

Reforest Northern Kentucky 2019 - Kenton County Conservation District

Tree Planting - Mill Creek Alliance & UC Sustainability

Volunteer Orientation for Adults - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Lincoln Heights Pocket Park - UC Sustainability


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