May 23, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Green Cincinnati Plan approved by Cincinnati City Council 

The Office of Environment & Sustainability is excited to share that the 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan has been officially adopted by Cincinnati City Council. The Plan presents 80 strategies to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, and make Cincinnati a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient city. Thank you to all of the Action Teams and Green Umbrella members who actively participated in the process. Green Umbrella will be leading implementation on several of the recommendations. More community partners are welcome. You can read the full Plan and find out how you can get involved at

Behind the Scenes Hog Creek Wind Farm Tour

Join Green Umbrella's Energy Action Team on June 1st, 2018 for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Hog Creek Wind Project near Ada, Ohio. Participants will have the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of an operational commercial wind turbine project. This full-day event includes transportation to and from Hog Creek, lunch and en route presentations. Learn more about this great opportunity to discover the ins and outs of sustainable wind energy and register online!

Register Now… the Summit is 3 Weeks Away!

As we count down to the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit, the final details are coming into focus. If you haven’t already read through our program for 2018, the content is rich and relevant: from the keynote speaker (Katharine Hayhoe) to plenary panel (Chief Resilience Officers from 3 of our peer regions) to diverse and dynamic breakout sessions on a range of sustainability issues. We want you to be part of the conversation as we strategize how to make Greater Cincinnati more sustainable and resilient. Register online.

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 Goals. Green Umbrella also has two Initiatives: Tri-State Trails and the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council.

Watershed Action Team

As the weather warms up and people start thinking about getting into water to cool down, the Watershed Action Team encourages you to get involved in your local waterway this summer. There are a number of citizen science water quality monitoring programs, river clean-ups and recreation events happening all summer long on our region’s numerous waterways (find links on the team's website). For starters, you can count living things on June 2 at the Mill Creek BioBlitz, clean up the Little Miami River on June 9, or paddle en masse at Paddlefest on August 4, (make sure to register early if you need a boat).

Attend an Action Team Meeting

June 1 @ 9:00 am Watershed 

June 7 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

June 7 @ 11:00 am Local Food

June 7 @ 5:30-7:00 pm Green Drinks with Green Umbrella, Brink Brewing

June 13 @ 8:30 am Energy

June 19 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace 

June 21 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

June 22 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction   (Note: different date than usual)

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Sustainability in the Headlines

City of Cincinnati Adopts Updated Green Plan, Smart Cincy Blog

10 Ways to Celebrate Cincinnati Bike Month, CityBeat

Councilman Wants to Make the Cincinnati Streetcar Free, Fox 19 News

Greenhouse Startup Opening $10 Million Facility in Greater Cincinnati, Business Courier

Okay Google: Let's Take a Hike, 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

Children's Books to Spark Composting Curiosity, Confessions of a Composter Blog

People's Liberty Project Grant Winners include Pollination Stations, Transit Theatre, Soapbox

A Cincinnati Podcast on Everything Bikes and Trails, Cincinnati Enquirer

Expert Tips to Enjoy the Ohio River Safely this Summer, 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

We're Here. You Just Don't See Us., Outside Online

U.S. Cities Are Losing Trees Just as They Discover Their Benefits, Anthropocene Magazine

A Credit Card That Rewards Buying Fresh Produce, Food & Wine Magazine

Annual Sustainability Report, Xavier University

Connect with our Members                View our full events calendar.

Thursday, May 24:

Lodge Pond Trail Hike​, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Fernald Preserve

Green Cincinnati Plan Celebration, 5:00-7:00 pm, City of Cincinnati, Office of Environment and Sustainability

Branching Out Celebration, 5:30-8:30 pm, Imago

Friday, May 25:

Night Bike Ride, 8:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Saturday, May 26: 

Western Wildlife Corridor Restoration, 9:00 am-noon, Western Wildlife Corrridor 

LadyBug Adventures, 10:00-11:00 am, Cincinnati Nature Center

Chicken 101, 10:00 am-noon, Gorman Heritage Farm

Jupiter Night, 9:00-11:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory Center

Sunday, May 27: Memorial Day Celebration, 2:00-4:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Monday, May 28: Hunger Walk, 9:00 am, Freestore Foodbank

Tuesday, May 29: Bass Fishing Tournament, 6:00-8:30 pm, Kenton County Parks and Recreation

Thursday, May 31:

Spring Garden Inspired Cooking, 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Show and Tell on the Farm- Bug Bites, 6:30-7:30 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

Friday, June 1: 

Hog Creek Wind Farm Tour, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Green Umbrella Energy Action Team

Winton Lake CleanUps, 6:00-8:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Saturday, June 2: 

Kids Fishing Derby, 9:00 am-noon, Kenton County Parks and Recreation

BioBlitz, 10:00 am, Groundwork Cincinnati

National Trails Day Hike, 10:00 am-noon, MetroParks of Butler County

Solarize Workshop, 10:00 am-noon, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance

Sunday, June 3: Free Entry for Great Parks, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Monday, June 4: Community Needs Health Assessment, 9:00-11:30 am, City of Cincinnati Health Department 

Tuesday, June 5: Conservation Starters: Composting, 6:30-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Friday, June 8: Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, 6:00 pm, Ohio River Foundation

Professional Opportunities 

The Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit takes place Friday, June 15 at Xavier University's Cintas Center. This year's theme is "Resilience: Public-Private Partnerships for a Dynamic Future." Keynote Speaker, Katharine Hayhoe, will be joined by Chief Resilience Officers of peer regions for a plenary panel. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in breakout sessions to collectively work on advancing Greater Cincinnati's sustainability. Register online through June 12. 

The Ohio River Conference will take place October 17-19 at Thomas More College. The theme is "Partnerships and Collaborations toward a Single Voice for the Ohio River Basin." Call-For-Abstracts (due 8/1) and registration are now available online

Ohio Women in Agriculture is offering a Women's Tractor Operation & Safety Program on June 2. This program empowers women to become more comfortable and safe with agricultural equipment. More information and registration can be found here.

The University of Cincinnati has issued an RFP (due 8/1) for UC Bicentennial Community Grants, which will fund up to $100,000 in projects that celebrate and extend UC’s commitment to urban impact in the city of Cincinnati. Funded projects are expected to engage nearly 1,000 undergraduate students in a philanthropy-based service-learning experience to foster shared understanding of local issues and support a vibrant, healthy, and sustainable community.

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Director of Public Engagement - Green Umbrella

Food Sampling Representative - Shagbark Seed & Mill

High School Policy Committee Representative - Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

Facility Attendant - MetroParks of Butler County

Executive Director - Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation

Park Manager/ Turfgrass Manager - MetroParks of Hamilton County

Program Leader - MetroParks of Hamilton County

Park Maintenance Technician - MetroParks of Hamilton County

Environmental Planning Internship - OKI Regional Council of Governments

Water Quality Internship - OKI Regional Council of Governments

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