May 15, 2019 


Sustainability Spotlight 


Cincinnati Budget Proposal Impacts Environmental Programs

The City of Cincinnati is in the process of developing its budget for 2020. The first round proposal includes significant cuts to environmental programs that are an integral part of the Green Umbrella network and the city’s Green Cincinnati Plan goals. For more information about the budget and the timeline for public input, check out our blog post.

Cohen Recycling's Annual E-Waste Recycling Drive Is This Week!

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Cohen is once again teaming up with the Cincinnati Reds and PNC Bank for their annual e-waste recycling drive. From May 16-18, visit one of three convenient locations, drop off your e-waste, make a donation and meet some players. The first 400 cars at each event will receive two free game tickets. Learn more here.



Enjoy Healthy, Fresh, Local Food This Month

May is the perfect time to check out local farmers markets and community gardens. This month we encourage you to take the Year of Living Sustainably pledge to eat more local, plant-based meals or sign up to be a Food Rescue volunteer driver!


Green Umbrella will also be hosting a Hike and Dine in Avondale on May 18 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm, in partnership with the Avondale Development Corporation. We will tour community gardens and enjoy lunch at Gabriel's Place. Guests who are Avondale residents will receive vegetable or herb plant starts and free day passes to the Cincinnati Zoo!


The Sustainability Summit Is Just One Month Away!


Check out the updated program for the 2019 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit and register today!

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.

Two Energy Policy Updates from the Energy Action Team: 

On May 8, 2019 the City of Cincinnati passed a climate resolution that endorses a carbon fee and dividend and urges our representatives in the United States Congress to enact it into law. See the full resolution here and more information about the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA) at www.citizensclimatelobby.org

Action Alert! Currently under consideration, Ohio HB6 would:

  • Remove the state's energy efficiency and renewable energy portfolio standards.
  • Remove a rider on Ohio electric bills that funds successful energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
  • Replace it with a new surcharge on Ohio electric bills, the majority of which would go to bail out two nuclear plants in Northern Ohio.

Learn more here.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

May 16 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

May 21 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

May 17 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

June 6 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

June 6 @ 11:00 am Local Food

June 7 @ 9:30 am Watershed

June 12 @ 8:30 am Energy




Sustainability in the Headlines

Bike to Work May 17 and Get Breakfast on the Purple People Bridge, CityBeat

Climate Anxiety Is Real, but There's Something You Can Do About, CNN

22 Local Ways to Reduce Your Waste, Cincinnati Magazine

How Can Biking In Greater Cincinnati Get Better?, WVXU

Procter & Gamble Brings Green Chemistry Conference to Cincinnati, WCPO

Plant Trees that Turn Your Yard Into a Bird Oasis - and Carbon Sponge, Audubon Society

Cities Are Turning Flood Water Into Freshwater, Science Friday

Green Power Tops Coal Industry in Energy Production in April, Smithsonian Institution

Fashion Industry's Carbon Impact Bigger Than Airline Industry's, CBS News

Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar.

May 16: 

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

Movie: Sinking Cities: Miami 7:00-8:30 pm, Mount St. Joseph University

May 17:

Breakfast on the Bridge 7:00-9:00 am, Tri-State Trails

Friday Conversation: Food Forests 6:00-9:00 pm, Imago

May 18:

Public Urban Stream Adventure 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

Let's Go Hiking! Spring Birding 10:00 am-12:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

May 19: Ride the CROWN 1:00-4:00 pm, Tri-State Trails

May 20: Preserving Birds and Animals 7:00 pm, Audubon Society of Ohio

May 21:

Two-In-A-Canoe, One Big Bass 6:00-9:00 pm, Kenton County Parks

The Greenest Zoo in America 7:00-8:15 pm, Western Wildlife Coalition

May 22:

Impact Investing Luncheon 11:30 am-1:00 pm, USGBC

Composting and Natural Fertilizer Workshop 6:00 pm, Working in Neighborhoods

May 23:

Commercial PACE in Action 7:30-9:30 am, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance

Container Gardening with Herbs 7:00-8:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

May 25:

Gifts from the Beehive 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Kayak Basics: River Fundamentals 1:00-4:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

May 28:

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

Map & Compass Navigation Basics Class 6:30-8:30 pm, REI

May 29:

One for Outdoors for All 5:00-8:00 pm, Adventure Crew
Barrows Conservation Lecture: Dr. Mike Fay
7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo


Professional Opportunities 

Nominations for the Sustainability & Energy Smart Awards are due June 3. These awards will recognize and honor those outstanding projects, inspirational businesses, dedicated community members, and instrumental USGBC and other volunteers who LEED the way to more sustainable communities. SW Ohio Region winners will be announced at the September 17, 2019 Dayton Green Expo Sustainability and Energy Recognition Awards Luncheon. 

Applications are now open for Duke Energy's 2019 Powerful Communities Nature Grant. These grants support water conservation, habitat and forest restoration, and species restoration. Submissions are due July 31. 

Work with our Members                         View our full Green Jobs board.

Managing Director - Ohio Environmental Council

Administrative Coordinator - Western Wildlife Corridor

Chief Financial Officer and Conservation & Parks Manager - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Volunteer with our Members              View our full Volunteer page.

Rain Garden Installation - Green Umbrella Watershed Action Team

Habitat Restoration - Ohio River Foundation

Volunteer Orientation for Adults and for Teens - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Habitat Restoration Volunteers - Western Wildlife Corridor 

Community Garden Go Local Volunteer Day - Working in Neighborhoods

40th Anniversary Mural Painting Happy Hour - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful 


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