August 29, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

2030 District: A New Green Umbrella Initiative

We are pleased to announce that Green Umbrella was awarded $300,000 over 3 years by the Duke Class Benefit Fund to launch Cincinnati’s 2030 District! Led thus far by a group of 25 high-performing volunteers, the Cincinnati 2030 District will become an Initiative of GU with a full-time staff member to lead it.

2030 Districts  - a national model for urban sustainability - are made up of property owners who make a collective commitment to reduce their buildings’ energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by 50% by the year 2030. The Cincinnati 2030 District is a collaborative effort to create a network of healthy, high-performing buildings in Cincinnati’s central business district. As part of the district, property owners will develop innovative solutions, share resources and collaborate resulting in cost savings, healthier buildings and a more livable, desirable city.

We would like Cincinnati to be recognized as the 21st official District, which means we are recruiting 10 Founding Members who can be developers, building owners or facility managers committed to using their buildings to work towards the sustainability goals of the 2030 Network. Additional opportunities for financial Sponsors and Partners able to provide services to buildings are available.

You can learn more about the Cincinnati 2030 District on October 4 at the 7th Annual PEDCO High Performance Buildings Seminar featuring a panel made up of the founder of the 2030 concept and leaders of other 2030 Districts. Interested stakeholders should visit to learn more about 2030 membership.

Celebrate Great Outdoor Weekend at Green Drinks!

We are celebrating the 15th annual Great Outdoor Weekend on September 29 & 30! This free outdoor event sampler will feature more than 100 events hosted by organizations throughout the region. You can speak with our Outdoor Action Team and learn more about Great Outdoor Weekend at our upcoming Green Drinks on Thursday, September 6 at Common Roots Pub!

Tri-State Trails Summit is this Friday!

Today is the final day to register for the Tri-State Trails Summit on Friday, August 31! Join us as we explore how to build a more connected region together.

View the full program schedule and register online 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.

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 August is Caldwell Nature Preserve. This Cincinnati Park features old-growth forest that runs along the Mill Creek. This hidden gem, located in the neighborhood of Carthage, also contains 3.5 miles of wooded trails. A level, paved trail provides an easily-accessible view over an astonishing deep ravine. 

Stop by Caldwell Nature Preserve or another Greenspace Gem during Great Outdoor Weekend!

Attend an Action Team Meeting

September 6 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

September 6 @ 11:00 am Local Food

September 6 @ 5:30-7:00 pm Green Drinks with Green Umbrella

September 7 @ 9:00 am Watershed

September 12 @ 8:30 am Energy

September 18 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

September 20 @ 1:30 pm Transportation 

September 21 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction 

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

Sustainability in the Headlines

Do's and Dont's of Recycling, Cincy Lifestyle

Parky's Farm, Fox 19

Kroger to Ditch Plastic Bags by 2025, USA Today

2018 Midwest 40 Under 40 Includes 2 GU Energy Action Team Members, Midwest Energy News

Turning Ohio into a Web of Trails, WVXU Cincinnati

Queen City Green, Soapbox Media

New Dockless Transportation Coming to Cincinnati area, Cincinnati Business Courier

Cincinnati Tops Annual Park Rankings Survey, WVXU Cincinnati

How One Kid Stopped the Contamination of a River, City Lab

Climate Change Could Threaten Summer Fun, Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

7 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Labor Day, Earth 911

Connect with our Members                View our full events calendar.

Thursday, August 30: Ingredient Spotlight: Summer Squash and Zucchini, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Turner Farm

Saturday, September 1: Intro to Backpacking, 9:00-11:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Sunday, September 2: 

Outdoor Archery, 1:00-2:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

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

Outdoor Movie: Coco, 7:00 pm, City of Covington

Tuesday, September 4: Dig in the Dirt, 9:00 am-noon, Boone County Arboretum

Thursday, September 5:

Build Soils with Cover Crops, 6:30-8:30 pm, Turner Farm

Refresh your Run, 6:30-8:00 pm, REI

Saturday, September 8:

White River Clean Up, 8:00 am-noon, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

Foraging in the Forest, 9:30-10:30 am, Clermont County Park District

Saving Seeds, 10:00 am-noon, Civic Garden Center

Guided History Hike - Fernwood Trail, 2:00-4:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

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

Sunday, September 9: 

Rethinking Porkopolis, 1:00-4:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

How to Use your Telescope Clinic, 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Astronomical Society

Tuesday, September 11:

Slow Cooking Techniques, 11:30 am-2:00 pm, Turner Farm

What to Plant in the Fall, 6:30 pm, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

What do Animals Think and Feel? 7:30 pm, Oxbow

Wednesday, September 12: Paw Paw Tasting, 2:00-4:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum

Thursday, September 13: 

5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show, 4:00-7:00 pm, UC|Sustainability

Family Night Ride, 6:00-7:00 pm, Clermont County Park District

Friday, September 14: Just Hike Cincy, 5:45 pm, Green Umbrella

Saturday, September 15: 6th Annual Upper Mill Creek Clean Up, 8:00 am-1:00 pm, Groundwork Cincinnati

Saturday and Sunday, September 29 & 30: Great Outdoor Weekend, 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Green Umbrella

Professional Opportunities 

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 Ohio Department of Transportation and Keep Ohio Beautiful are hosting the Southwest Ohio Litter Summit on August 30 at the University of Cincinnati's Tangeman University Center. The schedule includes breakout sessions led by GU members Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. Free registration is 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.

The City of Cincinnati is offering grants to support Urban Agriculture in 2019. Funds are available for agricultural production and growing sites as well as aggregation distribution sites. Applications are due October 15.

Green Umbrella and Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste Division are partnering to offer the Greater Cincinnati Smart Kitchen Initiative. The initiative offers assistance to reduce pre-consumer food waste at mid- to high-volume food service operators in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn and Franklin counties in Indiana. Those interested should complete this form for more information.

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Communications and Membership Coordinator - Green Umbrella

Music in the Woods Volunteer - Imago

Policy Committee Member - Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

Living in the Neighborhood - UC|Sustainability

Volunteer Farm Educator - Gorman Heritage Farm

Accounting Associate - MetroParks of Butler County

Budget and Financial Reporting Analyst - MetroParks of Butler County

Supervisor of Operations - MetroParks of Butler County

Auxiliary Park Ranger - MetroParks of Butler County

Office Manager - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Habitat Restoration Internship - Imago

Communications Internship - Imago

Outdoor Education Internship - Imago

Sustainability Advocate - UC|Sustainability

Natural Resources Crew Leader - MetroParks of Butler County

Organic Farm Volunteer - Our Harvest Cooperative

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