May 9, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Green Umbrella Announces New Executive Director and Opens Search for Director of Public Engagement

The Green Umbrella Board has selected Ryan Mooney-Bullock as the organization’s next Executive Director. “Ryan's support of Green Umbrella’s Action Teams over the last seven months has helped them strategically advance their progress on our 2020 sustainability goals. I am looking forward to working with her as we take Green Umbrella to its next level," said Bill Scheyer, Board President. Kristin Gangwer will continue to serve as the Interim Executive Director until June 25 to allow time for the hiring of a Director of Public Engagement, a re-visioning of the position Ryan will be vacating. Read our full press release and job description online.

Register Now… early Bird ticket prices end May 15

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. Read more and register.

Explore the CROWN during Bike Month

Hop on a bike in May to take part in events across the region for all ages and abilities. You can use our map of the Cincinnati Riding or Walking Network to plan your bike commute for National Bike to Work Day on May 18. Tri-State Trails will be leading rides along sections of the CROWN on Saturday, May 20. See the events calendar for details.

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.

Greenspace Action Team

The Greenspace Action Team is highlighting significant Greenspace Gems across our region, with compelling conservation stories. Our Gem for May is Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve, managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The forested gorge was formed by great volumes of glacial meltwater cutting down through the bedrock about 20,000 years ago. Steep walls rise to about 180 feet above the pristine creek that flows through the gorge. You can be part of this site's conservation by participating in Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society's Garlic Mustard Pull on Saturday, 5/12.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

May 15 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace 

May 17 @ 1:00 pm Transportation

May 18 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

June 1 @ 9:00 am Watershed 

June 7 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

June 7 @ 11:00 am Local Food

June 13 @ 8:30 am Energy

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Sustainability in the Headlines

Green Umbrella Announces New Executive Director, Cincinnati Business Courier

It's Bike Month! Here are 9 Ways to Celebrate, WCPO Channel 9

Cincinnati's Mill Creek Rising, CityBeat

Fighting Food Deserts, One Garden at a Time, 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

P&G Among Top Green Power Users in Nation, Cincinnati Business Courier

Plant-Based Popularity and Stop Food Waste Day, Modern Restaurant Management Daily Bites

Greater Cincinnati to Celebrate National Bike Month in May, The Clermont Sun

Three Ways to Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, Confessions of a Composter

Seaweed Farming and Its Surprising Benefits, 60 Minutes

Big City Parks Host Thriving Bee Scene, Anthropocene Magazine

The Weirdest Ways U.S. Cities Celebrated Earth Day, CityLab

Connect with our Members                View our full events calendar.

Wednesday, May 9: ​New Kind of Food System​, 7:00-8:00 pm, La Soupe, Local Food Connection, Freestore Foodbank’s Giving Fields

May 10:

Show and Tell on the Farm- Magnificent Moms, 6:30-7:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

Backyard Composting Seminar, 7:00 pm, Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

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

May 12: 

Great American Clean-Up, 8:00 am, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

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

Market Opening Day, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Enright Ridge Urban EcoVillage

Gourmet Grub for Food, noon-2:00 pm, Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati

Nature Crafts for Mom, noon-3:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Enchanted Evening in the Woods, 6:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Sound Walk, 8:00-9:30 pm, Fernald Preserve

Garlic Mustard Pull at Caesar Creek Gorge, 9:00 am-noon, Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society

May 14: Hands-on Bike Maintenance: Fix a Flat, 6:30-8:30 pm, REI

May 15: 

Family Camping Basics, 6:00-7:30 pm, REI

Gardening for Wildlife, 6:30-8:30 pm, Kenton County Parks and Rec

May 17: 

Field Study of Weeds and Invasive Plants, 10:30 am-noon, Civic Garden Center

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

May 18: Bike to Work Day Breakfast on the Bridge, 7:00-9:00 am, Queen City Bike

May 19: 

Bike & Hike, 10:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

National Kids to Parks Day, noon-4:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

"Before the Flood" Screening, 6:30-8:30 pm, League of Women Voters

Star Gaze, 8:00 pm, Kenton County Parks and Rec

May 20: 

Tri-State Trails Ride the CROWN, noon-2:00 pm, Tri-State Trails

CROWN Crosstown Ride, 3:00-5:00 pm, Tri-State Trails

May 21:  Aquaponics Workshop, 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center 

May 24: Branching Out Celebration, 5:30-8:30 pm, Imago

June 1:
Hog Creek Wind Farm Tour,
8:30 am-5:00 pm, Green Umbrella Energy Action Team

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 5/11. This year’s theme is Energy, centered around high impact, energy efficiency and carbon reducing strategies. Keynote speakers include leaders of 2030 Districts in some of our peer regions.

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s new program, Let’s Stop Waste, helps businesses and organizations set up recycling, and incorporates reuse and waste reduction. District staff members visit your site and offer customized advice specific to your needs. The District also provides interior recycling containers, signage, educational and promotional materials to help get recycling started. Learn more and get started!

The University of Cincinnati has issued an RFP 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. 

Cincinnati Nature Center, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering a Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course for individuals who deliver interpretive programs or have contact with the public at interpretive sites. This course will meet on consecutive Fridays (June 8, 15, 22, and 29). Registration is $230.

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Director of Public Engagement - Green Umbrella

Food Hub Intern - Local Food Connection

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

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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