July 5, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Welcome Rashida Manuel, Green Umbrella's Director of Public Engagement

Green Umbrella is excited to welcome Rashida Manuel as the new Director of Public Engagement! Rashida brings experience in community relations and equity work and has worked with several local nonprofits. She's looking forward to supporting GU's mission of making Greater Cincinnati a more sustainable region and a place where all of its residents can thrive. 

Tri-State Trails Summit On August 31, 2018 Explores the Future of Trail Development in Greater Cincinnati

The momentum for improving trail connectivity in Greater Cincinnati has come a long way since Tri-State Trails was organized as an initiative of Green Umbrella in 2013. Millions of dollars have been invested in constructing over 35 miles of trails and on-road bike lanes, and many more are in the works. In 2018, Tri-State Trails' Summit will explore how we can advance our collaborative efforts to spur innovation, encourage economic development, and promote equity in future trail development. We are excited to feature keynote speaker Kären Haley, Executive Director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., to share the story of how Indianapolis was able to create a world renowned 8-mile bike and pedestrian path and park.


Rowe Woods: A Greenspace Gem

In 1965 Stan Rowe and twelve other founding trustees formed the Cincinnati Nature Center with a vision to protect the natural world while teaching children to appreciate it. They raised funds and purchased the first 175 acres of what is now Rowe Woods to serve as its home. In the years since, the protected land has grown to the current 1,025 acres and includes old-growth forest, fifteen miles of hiking paths, and a Visitors Center. Cincinnati Nature Center is now the largest member-supported nature center in the country.

Explore Rowe Woods at the 'American History Nature Hike' on July 7 or at 'Hoots & Hops' on July 13! Ask the naturalists to direct you to their favorite corners of this Greenspace Gem.

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.

Watershed Action Team 

Green Umbrella’s Watershed Action Team will host Dr. Michael Miller at its upcoming July 6 meeting. Miller will release his updated Integrated River Report, a comprehensive review of Hamilton County’s waterways. Miller's team collected data from over 220 sites in Hamilton County, including the Little Miami River, the Mill Creek, the lower Great Miami River and the Ohio section of the Whitewater River watersheds and their tributaries. Join us to learn more about the region's water quality.

The Watershed Action Team is a diverse group of professional and volunteer water enthusiasts who care deeply about the quality of our water resources. The team works to protect, enhance and celebrate all streams, rivers and other water resources by making a measurable improvement in 75% of them by 2020. 

Attend an Action Team or Initiative Meeting

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 11 @ 2:30 pm Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

July 17 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

July 20 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction 

July 27 @ 9:00 am Tristate Trails Quarterly Meeting

August 16 @ 1:30 pm Transportation        (no July meeting)   

Join an Action Team to act locally... 
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Sustainability in the Headlines

Cincinnati Named One of Top 25 Most Environmentally Friendly Cities in the U.S., Soapbox

Attn. Mountain Bikers: The Mt. Airy Trail is on its Way, Cincinnati.com

Don't Toss Your Bruised Bananas: How to Minimize Food Waste Through Smart Storage, WCPO

Net Zero Camping: Going Green at Camp Joy, 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

Native Seed Harvesting Brings Back SW Ohio's Prairies and Wetlands, Soapbox

Cincinnati Park Board Discusses Future of Burnet Woods, 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

8,000 Ears of Surplus Corn Donated to CPS Summer Meals Program, WCPO

How to Host a Zero Waste BBQ, Zero Waste Ventures

The Role of Energy Efficiency in Creating Just and Inclusive Communities, GreenBiz

Lyft Introduces 'Lyft Bikes' with Purchase of Nation's Biggest Bikeshare Business, The Washington Post

We Know Ocean Plastic is a Problem. We Can't Fix it Until We Answer These 5 Questions, Vox

Connect with our Members                View our full events calendar

Thursday, July 5:

Master Gardener Series - Growing Good Soil, 6:00-7:30 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Happy Hour Hike, 6:30-7:30 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center


Friday, July 6:

Recycled Crafts, noon-5:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Leaving No Trace: Winton Lake Clean Ups, 6:00 - 8:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County


Saturday, July 7: Market in the Park, 9:00 am-noon, Cincinnati Parks


Sunday, July 8:

Nature Paddle, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Friends of Little Miami State Park

Nature Up Close: Micro-Safari Hike, 2:00-3:30 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center


Tuesday, July 10: Darwin’s Finches, 7:30 pm, Oxbow, Inc.


Wednesday, July 11: Whole Milk and its By-Products, 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center


Friday, July 13:

Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo, 9:30 am-3:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Sun Valley Bluegrass Festival, 2:00 pm, AJ Jolly Park

Just Hike Cincy, 5:30 pm, Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

Hoots and Hops, 7:00 -11:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center


Saturday, July 14:

Exploring and Monitoring the Eastern Bluebird, 9:30 -11:00 am, Gorman Heritage Farm

Native Tree Walk & Talk, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Botanical Walk, 10:00 am, Oxbow, Inc.

Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta, 11:00 am-3:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

Blues and BBQ Summer Concert Series, 6:00 pm, Fairfield Parks and Recreation


Monday, July 16: Women’s Backpacking Round Table Discussion, 6:30-8:00 pm, REI


Tuesday, July 17:

Free Entry for Great Parks, All day, Great Parks of Hamilton County

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


Saturday, July 21 - Sunday, July 22:

Adventure Camp for Adults, Saturday, 10:00 am - Sunday, 1:00 pm, Imago


Professional Opportunities 

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.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will host a Grants Workshop. Learn more about the funding available and chat with GCF Program Officer Michael Coffey about any questions you may have regarding the grant process. The workshop will be held July 18 at 3:00 pm at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation located at 200 West Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. No RSVP required.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is also accepting requests for funding to support community organizing and policy advocacy. GCF looks to invest in community-led efforts that recognize the wisdom, creativity and other assets that are inherent within every neighborhood of our region. Visit here for more information. Applications are due August 3.

Social Venture Partners Cincinnati invites area nonprofits to apply for two exciting grant opportunities available through one application: Investee and Fast Pitch 2019. The focus area for both is Social Innovation. Past Investees include GU members Imago, Civic Garden Center, and Gorman Heritage Farm. Apply here by August 3.

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 storm water. 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

Little Miami River Clean Up - Outdoor Adventure Club and REI

Program Leader - MetroParks of Butler County

Park Caretaker - MetroParks of Butler County

Rental Associate - MetroParks of Butler County

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


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