July 18, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Paddlefest Will Bring Thousands to the River

The Ohio River Paddlefest began 17 years ago as a way to enjoy one of the region's most unique waterways. Now the nation's largest paddling celebration, paddlers from over 20 states will embark on the river this year on Saturday, August 4. Paddlers can enjoy "Rhythm on the River" as they float, featuring 8 bands playing on anchored houseboats along the route.

“It’s more than just a paddling event,” according to Paddlefest founder, Brewster Rhoads. “It’s a pep rally to celebrate the beauty and recreational benefits of the Ohio River while raising funds to get urban teens outside into nature year round.” 

Proceeds from Paddlefest support Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, a Green Umbrella member that provides outdoor activities to local high school students.

Registration at www.ohioriverpaddlefest.org ends July 31. There are a limited number of canoes and kayaks still available for rental, so register today!

Make the Shift to Local Foods

Green Umbrella’s Local Food Action Team is working to increase regional consumption of local foods through the relaunch of the 10% Shift to Local Foods Challenge. Participants pledge to shift 10% of their food budget to local foods including homegrown items, those purchased from local producers and restaurants that serve locally sourced foods. Action Team members will set up shop at farmers markets around the region during National Farmer’s Market Week, August 5-11, to encourage shoppers to participate.

Team members hope to raise awareness about the multiple benefits of switching to local foods. Fresh, minimally processed and sustainable foods can be an answer to many health issues. What’s more, if 10% of the regional population shifts 10% of their food dollars to local food, over $56 million will be infused into the local economy.

If you’d like to help LFAT spread the word, sign up to volunteer at a farmers market or share information about the campaign using the hashtag #Shift10Local. A social media toolkit with suggested messaging will be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, make the pledge today!

Help to Divert Waste Uptown

University of Cincinnati off-campus students generate an excessive amount of waste each July during move in/move out weeks. To divert recyclables and reusable items from the landfill, a number of Green Umbrella member organizations have collaborated to host a collection drive in two locations throughout Uptown from Wednesday, July 25 to Sunday, August 5.

Volunteers are needed to monitor the drop-off locations throughout the event. Sign up for a  3-hour shift and receive coupons for free Currito and UDF ice cream!

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.

Greenspace Action Team 

Green Umbrella’s Greenspace Action Team is highlighting significant Greenspace Gems with compelling conservation stories and natural features located across our region. Our Gem for July is Rowe Woods. This Cincinnati Nature Center property supports sixty-five acres of old-growth forest along its Wildflower and Red Wing Trails, an undisturbed stream community in Avey’s Run, a large glacial conglomerate structure known as Fox Rock, and fifteen miles of hiking paths. There is a visitor center with a gift shop, a Nature PlayScape with a bird viewer, and a new Center for Conservation. 

Stop by Rowe Woods or another Greenspace Gem during Great Outdoor Weekend!

Attend an Action Team Meeting

July 20 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction   

July 27 @ 9:00 am Tri-State Trails Quarterly Meeting

August 2 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

August 2 @ 11:00 am Local Food

August 3 @ 9:00 am Watershed

August 8 @ 8:30 am Energy

August 16 @ 1:30 pm Transportation (No July Meeting)

August 21 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace


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

Sustainability in the Headlines

17th Ohio River Paddlefest, Largest Paddling Event in U.S., is August 4, NKY Tribune

The Future of Farming: Cover Crops, Cincinnati Enquirer

Dump Site Deputy: "It's Not a Glamorous Job, But it's Good Work." 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

Price Hill Community Garden Provides Food and Connections, WCPO Cincinnati

Why Wishful Recycling Doesn't Work, In The Green 

ORSANCO Traveling Aquarium to Spend Summer in Chicago, 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

Kroger's Digital Shelf Displays Stock Up on Sustainability Benefits, Food Dive

Why You Should Let Your Grass Go Gold, Earth 911

Can Reducing Light Pollution Help Pollinators? Sustainable America

Disposable Plastic Straws Suck. Try These Disability-Friendly Alternatives, The Mighty

'Climate Gentrification' Will Deepen Urban Inequality, CityLab

How Phoenix is Trying to Keep People Cool as Temperatures Rise, WBUR Here & Now

Take a Walk in the Woods. Doctor's Orders. The New York Times

Connect with our Members                View our full events calendar.

Thursday, July 19:

Pint Night, 5:00-8:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

Master Gardener Series - Making Tussie Mussies, 6:00-7:30 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm


Friday, July 20: Family Yoga, 10:00-11:00 am, Kenton County Parks and Recreation


Saturday, July 21:

10th Annual Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Campbell County Conservation District

Public Urban Stream Adventure, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Mill Creek Yacht Club

Little Miami River Trip, 10:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Bird Spotting and Nest Building, 10:00-11:30 am, Cincinnati Nature Center

Saturnday, 9:00-11:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory Center


Tuesday, July 24: Paddling Camp, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County


Wednesday, July 25-August 5: Uptown Waste Diversion, City of Cincinnati


Thursday, July 26:

Homebrewing and You, 6:00-8:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Women's Bike Ride, 7:00-9:00 pm, Tri-State Trails


Friday, July 27: Family Fun Fridays, 10:00-11:30 am, MetroParks of Butler County


Saturday, July 28: Hike at Morning View Heritage Area, 9:00 am-noon, Kenton County Parks and Recreation


Sunday, July 29:

Bug Hike, 1:00-3:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

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


Monday, July 30-July 31: Outback! Camp, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County


Wednesday, August 1: Master Composter Series, 9:00 am-3:30 pm, Civic Garden Center


Thursday, August 2: DIY Workshop - Palette Serving Tray, 6:00-7:30 pm, Building Value


Saturday, August 4: Paddlefest, 6:00 am-2:00 pm, Outdoor Adventure Club



Professional Opportunities 

The Duke Energy Foundation supports local programs that help protect and restore wildlife and natural resources, with a special focus on water and air, as well as environmental education programs and programs that support research in emerging energy technologies. Application period ends August 31. More information can be found here.

Starfire Council will be hosting their annual UNconference from August 9 - 11. This open source event invites the community to come teach and learn together, beginning with a blank calendar. Once it begins, people like you will volunteer to teach one hour sessions throughout the rest of the weekend. Register online and look out for GU members sharing their passions!

Tri-State Trails will be holding the annual Tri-State Trails Summit on August 31featuring keynote speaker Kären Haley, Executive Director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.. The program will explore how we can advance our collaborative efforts to spur innovation, encourage economic development, and promote equity in future trail development. Find out more and register online.

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.

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Rental Associate - MetroParks of Butler County

Park Caretaker - MetroParks of Butler County

Uptown Waste Diversion - UC|Sustainability, City of Cincinnati OES, & Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Paddlefest Volunteer - Outdoor Adventure Club and REI

"Fixer" at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire - Cincinnati Museum Center & Cincinnati OES

Red Bike Relay Rider - Cincy Red Bike

Little Miami River Clean Up - Outdoor Adventure Club and REI


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