May 29, 2019 

Sustainability Spotlight 

It's a Bike Party in Avondale!

Join Green Umbrella and Tri-State Trails for a celebration of biking and the start of summer! On June 1, from 1:00-4:00 pm come out to South Avondale Elementary School for FREE bike tune-ups, a skills course, unicycle riders, giveaways, raffles and more. At 3:00 pm, see how we plan to CROWN the Queen during a short, 1-mile bike ride on the proposed connection from Avondale to the Wasson Way Trail.  

Register Your Event for Great Outdoor Weekend!

The 15th Annual Great Outdoor Weekend, the region's premier outdoor events sampler, will take place September 28 and 29. Each fall, nearly 10,000 people of all ages participate in over 100 free activities organized to promote outdoor recreation and nature awareness. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, now is the time to start planning! Register your event by June 17 to be included in our printed brochure.

The Sustainability Summit Is Just Two Weeks Away!

Check out the updated program for the 2019 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit! Interested in learning more about the Cincinnati 2030 District? Sessions like "Opportunities with the Cincinnati 2030 District," "Using Your Energy Bill To Do More Than Keep the Lights On," "Healthy Buildings by 2030," "Making the Most of Every Drop," and "Embracing Private-Sector Transportation Solutions" are your opportunity to to connect with the initiative. Register today

Ohio "Clean Air Program" Completely Removes Renewables

On March 15, Green Umbrella's Energy Action Team released a statement on Ohio House Bill 6 which proposes new fees on Ohioan's electric bills to bail out nuclear and coal power plants. This week, lawmakers made additional changes that would completely eliminate current green energy and energy efficiency programs. Visit Green Umbrella member the Ohio Environmental Council to learn how you can make your voice heard on this issue. 

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 Spotlight: Glidewell Mound

Built by the Adena people about 2100 years ago, Glidewell Mound is the remains of a Native American earthwork. The oval-shaped mound is located about mid-way around the two-mile Glidewell Trails in the Mounds State Recreation Area, and the greenspace around it features mature, second-growth upland forest and Brookeville Lake.

You can support Glidewell Mound by volunteering with Indiana's Department of Natural Resources or take the opportunity to visit during Free Fishing Weekend!

Attend an Action Team Meeting

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

June 18 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

June 20 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

June 21 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

Sustainability in the Headlines

Cincinnati Red Bike Getting a Fleet of 100 Electric-Assist Bicycles, Cincinnati Enquirer

Sustainability Alert: Procter & Gamble, Kroger Join Loop Pilot Test, Recycling Today

Cincinnati Chosen for National Pilot Program to Increase Recycling, Cincinnati Business Courier

City Panel Votes to Make Urban Farming Easier, Cincinnati Business Courier

University of Dayton to Offer New Degrees in Field of Sustainability, Cincinnati Business Courier

Urban Biodiversity to Reduce Chronic Disease, Frontiers Science News

Power Plant Demolition, How Worried Should We Be About Our Drinking Water?, WCPO

How Chef Suzy DeYoung Is Serving More Than 343,564 Meals To Families In Need, Forbes

You Could be Kayaking a 'Blueway' Along Greater Cincinnati's Rivers, Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati One of Five Cities in the World Getting Speed Data from Uber, Cincinnati Enquirer

The Cincinnati Zoo Is Lighting up Avondale, Fox 19

Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar.

May 31: Nature's Fireworks 8:30-9:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

June 1:

Bio Blitz! 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

Good Healthy Food Fair 1:00-3:00 pm, Working in Neighborhoods

June 2 - June 6: International Botany Conference, University of Cincinnati

June 2: Sit Spot Group 9:00-10:00 am, Imago

June 3: Solarize Cincy Workshop 7:00-8:00 pm, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance

June 5:

Volunteer ReCREWtment Social 5:00-7:00 pm, Adventure Crew

Upcycled Planters Workshop 6:00-8:00 pm, Imago 

June 6: Mural Painting & Happy Hour 5:00-8:30 pm, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

June 7:

Healthy Buildings Educational Series 4:00-5:00 pm, emersion DESIGN

Polynesian Herbal Medicine with Art Whistler 7:00-8:00 pm, Lloyd Library

Green New Deal Town Hall 7:00-9:00 pm, Nature Was Here

June 8:

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

Star Gaze 8:30-10:30 pm, Kenton County Parks & Recreation

June 9:

Breeding Birds in Riparian & Mature Forests 7:30-8:30 am, Audubon Society of Ohio

Garden Tea Party 2:00-4:00 pm, Village Green Foundation 

June 11: Trail Yoga 7:00-8:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

June 12:

Year of Living Sustainably: Resilience: Heat 6:30-8:00 pm, City of Cincinnati

Bear Bags and Backcountry Food Storage Workshop 6:30-8:00 pm, REI

June 13: Green Drinks with the 2030 District 5:30-7:00 pm, Green Umbrella

Professional Opportunities 

The Woodard & Curran Foundation is accepting applicants for the Impact Grant. This award is given to one project annually that applies or advances technology by addressing water issues. Applications are due June 30.

The New Earth Foundation seeks to fund innovative projects that enhance life on our planet and brighten the future. Smaller, newer nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for funding related to environmental initiatives, community efforts, social sustainability, educational innovations and economic improvement opportunities. Applications are due July 1 for the next round of funding. 

Work with our Members                             View our full Green Jobs board.

Urban Technician - Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District 

Policy and Data Analyst - Donovan Energy

Farmyard Assistant, Community Education and Engagement Coordinator, and Senior Camp Counselor/ Environmental Educator - Gorman Heritage Farm

Park Maintenance Technician, Special Events Coordinator, and Program Leader - MetroParks of Butler County

Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

Trails Day Rebuild - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Treeforestation Workday & Young Professional Social - Civic Garden Center

Leave No Trace: Winton Lake Clean-Up - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Habitat Restoration - Western Wildlife Corridor

Little Miami River Clean Sweep - Watershed Action Team

Spring Imago Amigos - Imago

Walnut Hills Neighborhood Clean-Up - City of Cincinnati & Keep Cincinnati Beautiful 

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