June 20, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Thank You for a Successful Summit!

The MRSS Committee would like to thank everyone who attended for a successful and thought-provoking Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit 2018!

It was inspiring to watch 350 attendees explore how local municipalities, businesses and peer cities are adapting to climate change and other environmental challenges while discussing how to work towards shared regional goals. Nine breakout sessions dove into topics such as extreme weather preparedness, green jobs, reducing food waste, local food systems, and sustainable business practices.

Katharine Hayhoe was a highlight when she shared best practices on communicating around complicated and polarizing issues like climate change. “Climate change is not simply an environmental issue. Climate change is a threat multiplier,” said Hayhoe. “It’s an economics issue, a jobs issue, a health issue. The reality is that it’s a human issue. And the last time I checked, we’re all humans.” Check out our video of highlights from this year's event!

The Forming of our District

The Cincy 2030 Working Group unveiled plans at last week’s Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit for Cincinnati’s own Sustainability District. More than 60 sustainability leaders were on hand to share their vision for making our downtown core a model for sustainable, healthy design.

Following the Summit, the National 2030 District network officially approved the creation (Phase 1 of 3) of Cincinnati’s downtown Sustainability District. 2030 Districts are high-performance building districts committed to specific sustainability goals. These public-private partnerships offer opportunities for building owners and businesses to drive innovation through collaboration and shared resources. The Cincinnati 2030 District will focus on reducing energy use, water, transportation emissions, while supporting the development of healthy buildings.

A documentary is currently in production following the formation of the district. View and share the trailer for Modern Metropolis. This Newsy documentary (an E.W. Scripps Co.) will be shown to a national TV audience of over 35 million in late 2018. For more information or to get involved, please fill out this short questionnaire. Help us make this district a reality in 2018!

Summer Fun is in Full Swing!

At the Green Umbrella office we love reading about all of the amazing events going on among our members. During the summer, the fun gets taken up a notch with lots of big outdoor events. Make sure to mark your calendars for:

  • Kids Expo, July 13, hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County at Winton Woods Harbor 
  • Crazy Cardboard Regatta, July 15, hosted by MetroParks of Butler County at Voice of America Park 
  • Paddlefest, August 4, hosted by Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati (boat rentals will be fully booked soon, so register ASAP if you need a boat!)

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 two Initiatives: Tri-State Trails and the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council.

Waste Reduction Action Team 

Green Umbrella’s Waste Reduction Action Team is working to reduce the amount of wasted food going to the landfill. The Team is challenging Green Umbrella’s business members to launch a food waste reduction campaign within their companies by providing employees with incentives to participate in Sustainable America’s I Value Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge. By encouraging employees to complete the challenge, you will be promoting your organization as socially conscious while valuing the health and well-being of employees. Not sure where to start? The team has developed a Challenge Toolkit to help you get started. Email savethefood@greenumbrella.org for more information.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

June 21 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

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

July 5 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

July 5 @ 11:00 am Local Food

July 6 @ 9:00 am Watershed

July 11 @ 8:30 am Energy

July 17 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace


Join an Action Team to act locally... 
become a Green Umbrella Member

Sustainability in the Headlines

Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit Focused on Building a Resilient Region, NKY Tribune

Our People, Our Planet: T'Challa and Wakanda are Green Examples to Follow, The Cincinnati Herald

A Comprehensive Guide to Recycling, from the Experts at Rumpke, Cincinnati Enquirer

2018 Farm Tours: Northern Kentucky Shows its Agricultural Side, Cincinnati Enquirer

Top Cincy Hiking Destinations, CityBeat

U.S. Cities Team Up to Buy Renewable Energy, Boston Globe

Seed Sharing in the Age of Climate Change, Sustainable America

Cities Face Dramatic Rise in Heat, Flood Risks by 2015, Zilient

Energy Efficiency Could Limit Global Warming and Raise Living Standards for All, Anthropocene Magazine

This Start-Up Will Double the Shelf Life of Produce with an Organic Powder, The Washington Post

Connect with our Members                View our full events calendar.

Wednesday, June 20: Uncovering the Sun, 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory Center

Thursday, June 21:

National Dump the Pump Day, all day, Metro

Talk-n-Walk Series, 7:00-9:00 pm, NKU’s Research and Educational Field Station

Friday, June 22:

Family Fun Fridays, 10:00-11:30 am, MetroParks of Butler County

Backyard Campout, 3:00 pm - June 23, 10:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Backyard Herping, 7:00-8:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

Summer Solstice Celebration, 7:00-8:30 pm, Imago

Saturday, June 23:

Volunteer and Farm Day, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Our Harvest

Eco Jam, 5:00-11:00 pm, Urban Earth Farms

Cincinnati Pops in the Park, 8:15 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Sunday, June 24:

Festival of Faiths, 1:00-5:00 pm, Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

Know your Leaves, 2:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Tuesday, June 26:

Plant Superheros, 10:30 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Solarize Workshop, 6:00-8:00 pm, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance

Wednesday, June 27:

Wild Wednesdays, 10:00 am, Kenton County Parks and Recreation

Keep 'Em Coming: Getting the Most from your Garden, 6:30-8:30 pm, Turner Farm

Friday, June 29: Friday Night Float, 7:30-9:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton Co.

Sunday, July 1: Sunday Sun-day Sundae, 1:00-4:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

Tuesday, July 3: Paddling Camp, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler Co.Thursday, July 5: Master Gardener Series, 6:00-7:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Professional Opportunities 

SD1 will offer a Rain Garden Workshop on June 25for landscaping professionals. The workshop will teach about Rain Gardens and the solutions they can provide for residential and commercial clients. Register here. 

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has opened the RFP for the NextGen 2018 Grant for currently existing or new nonprofit programs that would measurably reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Submit proposals here by July 11 or contact nextgengrants@raycandersonfoundation.org with any questions.

Green Umbrella and Xavier Leadership Center are partnering to offer three new courses focused on Sustainability Leadership, taught by industry expert and business leader, Len Sauers. Three consecutive experiential-style courses will help participants understand and analyze the drivers of sustainable strategy, goal setting, sustainable product innovation and strategic advantages of sustainability. These consecutive, 5-week, Wednesday evening courses begin August 22. Green Umbrella members receive a 10% discount! To register or find more information, contact the Xavier Leadership Center at (513) 745-2942.

MSD and the Civic Garden Center are offering a NGICP Certification Prep Course for Construction, Inspection and Maintenance Workers. This course will prep participants for the NGICP exam on November 16. Green Infrastructure certification is nationally recognized for managing stormwater. Classes will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, August 20 to October 10. Download the application here.

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Program Leader - MetroParks of Butler County

Park Caretaker - MetroParks of Butler County

Visitor Services Technician - MetroParks of Butler County

Director of Community Programming - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Development and Communications Coordinator - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Like what you see in Green News You Can Use? Share it with friends or colleagues!

Share on Facebook | Share on LinkedIn

Celebrating 20 years as Greater Cincinnati's hub for environmental sustainability. 
Act locally with Green Umbrella and make a difference. Learn more, become a member at greenumbrella.org.