August 15, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Empowering Low-Income Families to Buy Healthy Local Produce

Produce Perks Midwest has been awarded $2.2 million to expand the Produce Perks program, increasing affordable access to healthy, local produce for the 1.4 million Ohioans receiving SNAP benefits. With the matching funds contributed by Produce Perks Midwest and partners, this marks a $4.6 million investment in local economies, farmers, and food-insecure families across the state.


Produce Perks provides a dollar-for-dollar match on produce for shoppers using SNAP in farmers markets and grocery-retailers across the Midwest. This empowers Ohio's 1.4 million SNAP recipients to purchase fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables. Produce Perks is operational at over 100 locations statewide and generated over $300,000 in sales in 2017. These funds allow Produce Perks to continue its work to increase affordable access to healthy foods while keeping consumer dollars in the region. GO was instrumental in the early programmatic development of Produce Perks and is thrilled at what this investment means for our region's farmers and SNAP recipients. Read more here.

Green Umbrella Partnering with Avondale on Outdoor Activities

Green Umbrella was awarded nearly $25,000 to help increase outdoor education opportunities in Avondale from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. As part of the Environmental Sustainability grant, GCF awarded over $400,000 to local organizations whose work encourages ecological stewardship. Green Umbrella was among 18 organizations identified and congratulates the 10 GU member organizations who also received grants.

The funds allow Green Umbrella to host a series of events in collaboration with community-based organizations in Avondale. Designed to build on the community's momentum around active living, the events will increase opportunities for both adults and children to get outside. Look out for events this coming fall and spring! 

Mark Your Calendars for Great Outdoor Weekend!

Great Outdoor Weekend will enter its 15th year and this time it's greater than ever! Step outside September 29 & 30 to check out over 100 free outdoor events throughout the region.

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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 

Green Umbrella’s Tri-State Trails is hosting the Tri-State Trails Summit on August 31, 2018.

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 linear park.  

Please join the regional conversation about how we can connect trails in the tri-state! Register online by August 29th. 

Attend an Action Team Meeting

August 16 Transportation - Members invited to the Ohio Conference on Freight

August 17 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction 

August 21 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

September 6 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

September 6 @ 11:00 am Local Food

September 7 @ 9:00 am Watershed

September 12 @ 8:30 am Energy

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Sustainability in the Headlines

Green Umbrella Kicks Off National Farmers Market Week with '10% Shift' Campaign, Northern Kentucky Tribune

Local Farmer Designs Biodegradable, Recyclable Packaging to Replace Plastic Products, Local 12 News

Red Bike Go is Soaring, Soapbox Media

Apple Street Market: How a Worker-Owned Grocery Grows in a Food Desert, Nonprofit Quarterly

Paddlefest Hopes More People Now See Nature in a New Way, WCPO 9

ORSANCO Extends Public Comment Period on Pollution Standards to August 20, 91.7 WVXU

5 Ways Cincinnatians Would Change the Public Transportation System, Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati Air Quality: Where We've Been and How We Are Doing, WLWT News 5

Peebles Corner: Produce for the People, Soapbox Media

Gardening Tips from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Horticulturalist, 91.7 WVXU

Cincinnati Conservation Advocate Wins National Award, CityBeat

With 714,000 Jobs, Midwest is a 'Fertile Region' for Clean Energy, North American Wind Power

Connect with our Members                View our full events calendar.

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

Saturday, August 18:

Star Crossed, 8:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County and Cincinnati Astronomical Society

Great American Cleanup, 9:00 am-noon, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

August 18 and 19: Visitor Appreciation Days, 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Sunday, August 19: Prairie Tour, 9:00 am-noon, MetroParks of Butler County

Tuesday, August 21: Third Tuesday Nature Series, 6:30-8:30 pm, Kenton County Parks and Rec

Wednesday, August 22: Hammocking Basics, 6:30-8:00 pm, REI

Friday, August 24:

Early Fall Migrant Shorebirds and Waders, 6:00 pm, Oxbow

Bat Walk at Fernald Preserve, 7:30 pm, Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society

Saturday, August 25:

Urban Farm Collective Tour, 1:00-5:00 pm, Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage

Row by Row Farm Dinner, 6:00-10:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Native American Tales by the Campfire, 8:00-10:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

Sunday, August 26:

Birding by Boat, 9:00-11:30 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

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

Wednesday, August 29:

Trail Sentinel Meeting, 7:00 pm, Friends of Little Miami State Park

Starry Starry Night, 7:00-9:30 pm, Cincinnati Observatory Center

Friday, August 31: Tri-State Trails Summit, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Tri-State Trails

Sunday, September 2: Labor Day Canoe Trip, 3:00-8:00 pm, Friends of Little Miami State Park

Professional Opportunities 

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 to apply.

Tri-State Trails will be holding the Tri-State Trails Summit on August 31presenting keynote speaker Kären Haley, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The program will include a session on The Connected Region and features personal stories from trail users and leaders. Find out more and register online.

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.

Reuse International's ReuseConex, the International Reuse Conference & Expo, is coming to Cincinnati October 18 - 20. The event will explore new methods and replicable models to make reuse work for your community. Find out more about the 'triple bottom line' benefits of reuse, learn from and share best practices, and network with leaders in the reuse industry. Find out more and register at

The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the United States who work to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. They award one-year grants for up to $25,000 to organizations with budgets under $500,000. Pre-applications due by October 15. Read more here.

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Sustainability Advocate - UC|Sustainability

Natural Resources Crew Leader - MetroParks of Butler County

Organic Farm Volunteer - Our Harvest Cooperative

Volunteer Community Educator - RAPTOR Inc. 

Raptor Rehabilitator - RAPTOR Inc.

Environmental Educator - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful 

Land Use Planning Intern - OKI Regional Council of Governments

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