June 6, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site - A Greenspace Gem


Big Bone Lick, known as the "Birthplace of American Paleontology," is one of the most unique natural areas in the United States. Back in the Ice Age, the land's salt springs attracted mastodons, mammoths and other large prehistoric mammals to the site. Now the site, protected by Kentucky State Parks, is home to campgrounds, hiking trails and a museum. Learn more about the land's rich history on their upcoming June 16 Discovery Day, or help scientists identify the species that currently live there during a "BioBlitz" this Saturday, June 9. You'll see why the Greenspace Action Team's 


The Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit is next week! 

We want you to be part of the conversation as we strategize how to make Greater Cincinnati more sustainable and resilient. 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 Pittsburgh and Louisville) to diverse and dynamic breakout sessions on a range of sustainability issues. We’re looking forward to celebrating a few of our sustainability heroes with a new set of awards. There are only a few days left to secure your ticket online (through June 12) so

Just Hike Cincy

What’s the relationship between equity, justice and sustainability? That’s a question that is not easily answered! But perhaps we’ll find a path forward while traveling some physical paths of our region with like-minded folks. Join Green Umbrella and the Greater Cincinnati Food Policy Council for the inaugural series of #JustHikeCincy to explore the possibilities. The first for four Just Hikes will be Friday, July 13 at 5:30 at LaBoiteaux Woods. Read more.

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.

Tri-State Trails is on a Roll!

Tri-State Trails, a Green Umbrella initiative, is an alliance of trail advocates with the mission to connect people and places with a regional trails network that enhances vibrancy and equity in our community. It was an organizer of May Bike Month, which hosted over 60 events that got people of all ages and abilities onto wheels for transportation and fun. 

Tri-State Trails recently wrapped up the Miami 2 Miami Action Plan, which outlines a plan to connect the region's two longest trails, the Little Miami Scenic Trail and Great Miami River Trail, through Butler and Warren Counties. They are also the leader of CROWN, a vision to create a 104-mile active transportation network in Cincinnati. Between these two projects, six grant applications were submitted by partnering organizations last Friday to OKI Regional Council of Governments to make our region more walkable and bikeable! You can learn all about Tri-State Trails first-hand at their upcoming Summit on August 31, 2018.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

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 13 @ 2:30-6:00 pm Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council Meeting and Annual Meeting

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

Xavier University Hosts Fourth Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit, Soapbox Media

Bike Trails in the Tri-State Hit High Gear This Past Year, WCPO

10-Year Anniversary Series: Eating Local is Easier Than Ever, Soapbox Media

Cincinnati Improves Its Ranking in National City Park Study, WVXU Cincinnati

Group Travels the Ohio River from Cincinnati to Louisville by Canoe, Cincinnati Enquirer

Help Kentucky State Parks Count Living Things this Saturday, WCPO

Meet the Woman Who Turned Her Small Suburban Yard into a Farm, WXVU Cincinnati

Fifty West Brewing Company Launches Outdoor Activity Corridor, CityBeat

Vacant Lots are Full of Nature. How Do We Keep Them That Way?, Anthropocene Magazine

Bon Appétit Becomes First Major Food Service Company to Break Free From Plastic Straws, USA Today

Connect with our Members                View our full events calendar.

Thursday, June 7: Creeking in the Park, 10:00 am-noon, MetroParks of Butler County

Friday, June 8: 

Family Fun Fridays, 10:00-11:30 am, MetroParks of Butler County
Harvest Day Mini Market, 4:00-6:00 pm, Working in Neighborhoods
Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, 6:00 pm, Ohio River Foundation  
Friday Night Float, 7:00-8:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Saturday, June 9:

Western Wildlife Corridor Restoration, 9:00 am-noon, Western Wildlife Corridor
Cultivate Meaningful Work, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Imago
Outdoor Yoga, 10:00-11:00 am, Cincinnati Nature Center
Solarize Workshop, 1:00-3:00 pm, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance


Tuesday, June 12:

Gardening Basics, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

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


Wednesday, June 13:

Wild Wednesdays, 10:00 am, Kenton County Parks and Recreation
Go Green at the End of Life, 7:00-9:00 pm, Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

Thursday, June 14:  Community Health Needs Assessment, 9:00-11:30 am, City of Cincinnati


Friday, June 15: Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Green Umbrella, City of Cincinnati, Xavier University


Saturday, June 16:

Ohio River Sweep, 9:00 am-noon, Great Parks of Hamilton County (one of many locations participating in the larger series hosted by ORSANCO)

LEED Platinum Home Tour, 10:00 am-noon, U.S. Green Building Council

Building Pollinator Sanctuaries, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm


Tuesday, June 19:

Worm Bin Workshop, 6:30-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Third Tuesday Nature Series, 6:30-8:30 pm, Kenton County Parks and Recreation

Uncovering the Sun, 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory Center (and 6/20)


Friday, June 22:

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

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



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 Civic Garden Center is offering an Agribusiness Workshop on June 9, aimed at small agribusiness entrepreneurs working to grow their current enterprise. More information and details to register can be found here. 

Social Venture Partners Cincinnati invites area nonprofits to learn about two grant opportunities available through one application: 1) SVP Investees (grant of $60,000 over 3 years and SVP partners’ time and expertise) and 2) Fast Pitch (training in telling effective, inspiring stories and then compete via a 3-minute pitch). Learn more about both at an information session 6/14, 6:30-7:30 pm.

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. 

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. 

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

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Visitor Services Technician - MetroParks of Butler County

Director of Community Programming - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Development and Communications Coordinator - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Food Sampling Representative - Shagbark Seed & Mill

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

Facility Attendant - MetroParks of Butler County


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