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June 21, 2017

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Early Successes for Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

In the last month, members of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council (FPC) have been involved in two important successes for creating a healthier, equitable, sustainable food system in our region. These are exciting first steps for Council in accomplishing their 2017-2019 Policy Agenda:

  • Cincinnati City Council passed an Urban Agriculture motion on June 1 directing city departments to work together to increase access and reduce the costs of city land for urban agriculture. Thanks to Alan Wight, Denisha Porter, Robin Henderson, Tevis Foreman and all the others on the FPC who helped facilitate the conversations with the right people!
  • The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued guidelines on "Sharing Tables", allowing students who have whole, unopened food they will not eat to place the food on a common table for others to consume and for distribution through weekend backpack programs and food pantries. Thanks to Jenny Lohman, Kelly Schwegman and members of the Assessment, Planning, Zoning and Food Waste work group for sharing their knowledge and helping spur ODH to issue this guidance.

Greater Cincinnati is the Outdoor Mecca of the Midwest!

We've gathered national accolades and asked park managers, regional planners, conservation leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and more: their assessments indicate that Greater Cincinnati is quickly becoming known for access to outdoor adventure, greenspace and locally grown food. Whether you're a seasoned outdoors person or someone just wanting to disconnect from a screen and get outside, you're in the right place in Cincinnati! Click here for more info

Great Outdoor Weekend: Register Your Event by July 7

There's still time to register your event or become a sponsor for the 14th annual Great Outdoor Weekend. The event will take place on September 23 & 24, providing the opportunity for 10,000+ people to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs in the Greater Cincinnati region. The deadline to have your event or sponsor recognition included in our print materials is July 7. To register an event, click here. To become a sponsor, click here.

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Professional Development
GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Duke Energy Foundation. The Duke Energy Foundation actively works to strengthen the quality of life in the communities they serve. They fund programs that support Duke Energy's philanthropic strategies, including the environment. The application period for environment grants takes place July - August. To learn more begin the application process, click here

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: City of Dayton. The City of Dayton, City Manager’s Office is seeking proposals from highly experienced and Professional Consulting firms to perform Strategic Consulting Services.The City’s goal is to 1) assess the strengths and weaknesses of the City’s current sustainability approach 2) identify opportunities to improve the City’s practices and 3) solicit resident and stakeholder feedback on sustainability initiatives or programs. Click here to learn more; proposals are due July 13.

Leadership Action at Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Leadership Action brings together the region’s decision makers, influencers and action oriented hands-on leaders ready to make significant change. Research continues to show that grassroots efforts of passionate people can truly move the needle for communities. Do you or your organization/ business have an idea that could benefit from the focused effort, energy and resources of the Leadership Action Team? Click here to learn more.

Green Jobs & Volunteer

Public Safety Assistant II - MetroParks of Butler County

Agriculture Education Program Coordinator - MetroParks of Butler County

Fall Internship - RAPTOR Inc. 

Volunteer Coordinator - Civic Garden Center

Park Maintenance Technician - MetroParks of Butler County

Kids Program Coordinator - MoBo Bicycle Cooperative of Cincinnati

Agriculture Educator - Greenacres

Summer Youth Employment Program Manager
Groundwork Cincinnati - Mill Creek

Please visit our Green Jobs page to view older postings.

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· Events Calendar
· Our Action Teams
Green Umbrella Events:

Outdoors Action Team Meeting
Thursday, July 6
8:30 - 10:00 am 
REI Rookwood

Watershed Action Team Meeting
Friday, July 7
9:00 - 11:00 am
Hamilton County Dept. of Env. Services

Food Policy Council Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, July 12
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Interact for Health

Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo
Friday, July 14
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Winton Woods Harbor

Greenspace Action Team Meeting 
Tuesday, July 18
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Winton Woods Auditorium

Transportation Action Team Meeting
Thursday, July 20
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

JOINT Waste Reduction & Local Food Action Team Meeting
Friday, July 21
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Hamilton County Dept. of Env. Services

Our Upcoming Member Events:

Gardening for Pollinators
Wednesday, June 21 
6:00 - 8:00 pm 
Civic Garden Center

ACA Quick Start - Kayak
Friday, June 23 
5:30 - 8:30 pm 
Great Parks or Hamilton County

Home Grown Herbs: Infused Vinegars
Saturday, June 24 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Civic Garden Center

Muscles 4 Mussels Bike Ride 
Sunday, June 25 
9:00 am 
Ohio River Foundation

10th Annual Dog Day of Summer
Sunday, June 25
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum

RAPTOR, Inc. Open House
Sunday, June 25
1:00 - 4:00 pm

Gardening for Butterflies and Pollinators
Sunday, June 25 
2:00 - 3:30 pm 
Cincinnati Nature Center

DIY Baby Food Class
Sunday, June 25
3:00 pm
Our Harvest 

Native Plants in the Home Garden
Monday, June 26
7:00 - 8:30 pm 
City of Blue Ash

Yoga After Work 
Tuesday, June 27 
5:30 pm
Great Parks of Hamilton County

Talk-N-Walk Nature Series
Wednesday, June 28
6:00 - 9:00 pm
NKU Research and Education Field Station

Creeking in the Park
Friday, June 30
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

MetroParks of Butler County

Scavenger Hunt
Sat. & Sun., July 1 & 2
11:00 am
Great Parks of Hamilton County

Wednesday Walk
Wednesday, July 5
10:00 - 11:00 am

Boone Co. Arboretum

Click here to view our full events calendar.

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Green Umbrella is the leading alliance working to maximize the environmental sustainability of Greater Cincinnati.

We’re driving collaboration to fuel measurable improvements in key areas of sustainability: Greenspace, Energy, Local Food, Outdoor Recreation, Transportation, Waste Reduction and Watershed.

Our vision is to have the region recognized as one of the top 10 most sustainable metro areas in the nation by 2020.

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