August 1, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Cincinnati Named Most Sustainable Metro Region for Second Consecutive Year

For the second year in a row, Cincinnati was named the Most Sustainable Metro Area in the nation by Site Selection Magazine. The ranking confirms Green Umbrella’s work toward our vision to have Greater Cincinnati recognized as one of the top 10 most sustainable regions in the country. Using a detailed index, the magazine examines how corporate sustainability practices, commercial building spaces, and community efforts positively impact both people and planet.

The recognition comes on the heels of the city’s passage of the Green Cincinnati Plan, which Site Selection identified as a key factor in Cincinnati’s ranking. The Green Cincinnati Plan features 80 strategies to reduce Cincinnati’s carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. Other factors recognized were the region’s number of LEED-certified buildings, industries aligned with clean tech and local companies’ commitment to corporate social responsibility practices.

Green Umbrella remains committed to making the region more sustainable and envisions the development of Cincinnati’s 2030 District as the next phase of that goal. Lead by Green Umbrella, the district aims to create a high-performance business district in downtown Cincinnati that will reduce energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by 50% while promoting community health by 2030.

Saving Ugly Produce with a "ResQ"

Green Umbrella member, Jeffrey Miller, hopes to change public perception of imperfect produce. A People’s Liberty grantee, he was tired of seeing people pass by aging produce at the store yet eat the food made from that same produce at La Soupe. To combat this, he created Epicure Cincinnati which gives people the opportunity to eat ugly food and encourages them to inform others about its usefulness. 

In partnership with Eli’s BBQ, Epicure Cincinnati is hosting a “ResQ” on August 16, where attendees will see firsthand how aging produce can be used to create delicious meals. Local experts will also host engaging conversations about the effects of cooking, composting, and throwing food away. Reserve a dinner ticket for just $5.

Wasson Way Trail Opens

City officials and community members celebrated the ribbon cutting of the long-awaited first phase of the Wasson Way Trail last Saturday, July 28. When the trail is completed, it will span from Avondale to the Little Miami Bike Trail, connecting 10 Cincinnati neighborhoods. Mayor Cranley observed that the trails will increase the walkability and livability of the connected region.

View the Tri-State Trails vision of a connected trail network in our region here.

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.

Local Food Action Team 

Green Umbrella’s Local Food Action Team is working to strengthen our regional food system by encouraging all consumers to take the 10% Shift: Eat Local 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. Make the pledge today!

National Farmers Market Week begins August 5! To celebrate, LFAT members will assist shoppers with taking the pledge at markets across the region. If you’d like to help spread the word, sign up to volunteer at a farmers market or share information about the campaign using the hashtag #Shift10Local

Attend an Action Team 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 

August 17 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction 

August 21 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace


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Sustainability in the Headlines

What's a 2030 District, and Why Does This Sustainability Alliance Want One in Cincinnati?, Cincinnati Enquirer

Organization Aims to Keep Cincinnati Ranked as Most Sustainable Metro, The River City News

Queen City is Most Sustainable City in U.S., Business Courier

Waste Less, Want More: Epicure Cincinnati Aims to Reduce Unused Food, Soapbox Media

Repair Cafes Aim to Fix Our Throw-away Culture, CityLab

The Right Way to Care For Your Trees, 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

How a Carbon Tax Could Fight Poverty and Climate Change at the Same Time, Anthropocene Magazine

Connect with our Members                View our full events calendar.

Wednesday, August 1: Free Play in the Park Summer Series, 6:00-8:30 pm, Cincinnati Parks


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


Friday, August 3:

The Great Bug Hunt, 10:00-11:30 am, Cincinnati Nature Center

Winton Lake Cleanups, 6:00-8:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County


Saturday, August 4:

Paddlefest, 6:00 am-2:00 pm, Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati

Summer Bird Hike, 8:00-10:00 am, Greenacres Foundation

Summer Farm to Table, 5:00-8:00 pm, Greenacres Foundation


Sunday, August 5:

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


Tuesday, August 7: National Night Out, 6:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks


Wednesday, August 8:

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

Rhinegeist Brewery Charitable Suds Benefit, 5:00-8:00 pm, RAPTOR Inc.

Backpack Roundtable and Practice Hike, 6:00-8:00 pm, Arrow Adventure


Friday, August 10:

Just Hike Cincy, 5:30 pm, Green Umbrella

Mud Mania (August 10 and 11), 11:00 am-3:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

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


Saturday, August 11:

Butterfly Life Cycle Walk, 9:00 am-noon, Oxbow

Sensory Hike, 11:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 11:00 am, Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society

Festival on the Lake, 2:00 pm, Northern Kentucky University

Annual Duck Race, 3:00-6:00 pm, Izaak Walton League

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


Sunday, August 12:

Mut Mania, 11:00 am-3:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

Shakespeare in the Park: Julius Caesar, 5:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County


Tuesday, August 14:

Zoo Access for All Day, 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Geology of the Tri-State, 7:30 pm, Oxbow Inc.


Thursday, August 16: ResQ, 5:30-7:30 pm, Epicure Cincinnati



Professional Opportunities 

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 Green Umbrella members Imago, Civic Garden Center, and Gorman Heritage Farm. Apply here by August 3.

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.

The Metropolitan Sewer District is currently accepting applications for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) training. The 8-week course will be held at the Civic Garden Center beginning August 20. The program will help participants prepare for the NGICP exam in November. Email ngicpcincinnati@civicgardencenter.org to apply. Scholarships available. Applications due by August 15.

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.

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."  Registration is available 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

Community Educator - RAPTOR Inc. 

Raptor Rehabilitator - RAPTOR Inc.

Local Food Advocate, 10% Shift Challenge - Local Food Action Team

Paddlefest Volunteer - Outdoor Adventure Club and REI

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

Environmental Educator - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful 

Land Use Planning Intern - OKI Regional Council of Governments

Park Caretaker - MetroParks of Butler County


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