September 12, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Announcing Five New Greenspace Gems

Green Umbrella and the Greenspace Action Team are excited to announce the next set of Greenspace Gems: Oxbow, St. Anne Woods and Wetlands, Fernald Preserve, Gilmore MetroPark and Sharon Woods Gorge. Located throughout the Greater Cincinnati metro area, these Gems showcase our region’s dedication to protected greenspace. Ranging from a century-old ecological education center to a restored nuclear weapons plant, each of these spaces has a unique story and rich resources to offer the region.

A project of the Greenspace Action Team, Greenspace Gems recognizes and celebrates high-quality natural areas in Greater Cincinnati. Beginning with the first set of gems released this past spring, the team strives to highlight places that represent the geographic spread of Green Umbrella's 10-county region while showcasing a diversity of interesting features ranging from geology to biodiversity to plant communities to history. Each site tells a story of people taking action to protect a natural resource.

Visit here to learn more about the newest Greenspace Gems and discover some of nature's treasures during Great Outdoor Weekend

Freestore Foodbank Brings Fresh Produce to Communities in Need

Freestore Foodbank is addressing food insecurity through Produce Pop Ups, an initiative aiming to get free fresh produce to communities in need. The program sets up one day “pop ups” at sites throughout the organization’s 20-county service area where fresh food access remains an issue. The program is designed to supplement the high quantity of non-perishable items generally distributed at food pantries. 

Produce Pop Ups partners with community organizations like schools, churches, and pantries to host the pop ups. While there is currently no charge to host a pop up, volunteers are needed to staff the events. If your organization is interested in hosting, please contact Erin Wyder at ewyder@freestorefoodbank.org.

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District to Co-Host International Reuse Conference

GU member, Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District, will co-host ReuseConex 2018, the fifth International Reuse Conference and Expo, held October 18-20, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Downtown Cincinnati.

Produced by Reuse International, ReuseConex is a biennial event that brings together international thought leaders to explore replicable programs and best practices. This year's theme, Reuse—Fast Track to Zero Waste, focuses on food rescue, university move-outs, corporate zero waste, and the role of repair in community development. The conference will also examine how reuse works to create jobs and address issues of access and equity.

You can check out the agenda or 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.

Outdoor Action Team

Green Umbrella’s Outdoor Action Team is hosting Great Outdoor Weekend, the region's largest free outdoor events sampler.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, this year's 100+ events will feature an Upcycling Urban Hike with Imago, Monarch Butterfly Tagging at Fernald Preserve, and a live recording of the Cincinnati Nature Center's famous Nature Guys podcast.

Share your outdoor adventures on Instagram! Submit your photos using the hashtag #MeetMeOutdoors and tag @GreenUmbrellaCincy. One lucky submission will be randomly selected to win a REI backpack!

Discover some hidden treasures of the region during during Great Outdoor Weekend by visiting a Greenspace Gem!

Attend an Action Team Meeting

September 18 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

September 20 @ 1:30 pm Transportation 

September 21 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction 

October 4 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

October 4 @ 11:00 am Local Food

October 5 @ 9:00 am Watershed

October 10 @ 8:30 am Energy


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

Sustainability in the Headlines

Sustainability District is the Next Green Cincinnati Project, WVXU Cincinnati

City Establishes Extreme Weather Task Force, Local 12 News

Here's Your Chance to Swim Across the Ohio River, WVXU Cincinnati

Cincinnati's First Bus-Only Lane Moving Closer to Reality, CityBeat

ArtWorks 'Big Pitch' Finalists: Reusing Furniture and Raising Native Bees, Soapbox Media

Here's How Much Your Food Waste Hurts the Environment, Popular Science

Urban Walking Isn't Just Good For the Soul. It Could Save Humanity, The Guardian

Why the Poor Need Green Roofs the Most, Anthropocene Magazine

Make Your Own Drawdown Plan to Reduce Your Carbon Emissions, Earth911

USDA Invests $21 Million to Empower Low-Income Families to Purchase Healthy Foods Including Through Produce Perks Midwest, NIFA


Connect with our Members                          View our full events calendar.

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

Astroimaging, 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Astronomical Society


Friday, September 14-Sunday, September 16: Shawnee Weekend Workshop, Autumn's Asters, Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society


Saturday, September 15: 

6th Annual Upper Mill Creek Clean Up, 8:00 am-1:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

Whitewater River Conversation Floats, 9:00 am, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

Contemplative Nature Study, 1:30-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Music in the Woods, 5:00-11:00 pm, Imago

Sunset Paddle, 6:00-8:00 pm, Clermont County Park District

ScopeOut 2018 - The Main Event, 6:00-10:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory Center


Tuesday, September 18: 

Hikes with Tykes- Animal Encounters, 9:00-10:00 am, Clermont County Park District

Ultimate Educator Expo, 2:30-6:30 pm, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden


Thursday, September 20: 

CROWN the Queen City, 6:30-8:00 pm, Tri-State Trails and REI


Saturday, September 22:

Great Miami River First Peoples Celebration, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

People's #SewerJustice Platform, 10:00 am-noon, Working in Neighborhoods


Monday, September 24: Find your Park: Cincinnati, 6:30-8:00 pm, REI


Tuesday, September 25: Cincinnati Fossils, 10:30-11:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County


Friday, September 28:

Fernald Nature Preserve Tour, 2:00-4:00 pm, UC|Sustainability

Huffman Park Stargaze, 7:30-10:30 pm, Cincinnati Astronomical Society


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


Professional Opportunities 

Green Umbrella is recruiting 10 Founding Members for the Cincinnati 2030 District. Downtown building owners, facility managers, and developers with an interest in advancing the sustainability goals of the 2030 Network are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Ryan Mooney-Bullock

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 and 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 our 10-county region. Those interested should complete this form for more information.


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. Applications due by October 15. Read more here.

The Clif Bar Family Foundation is seeking applications for its $7000 grants program to support innovative small and mid-sized groups working to strengthen the food system and communities, enhance public health, and safeguard the environment and natural resources. Applications are due by October 1.

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

Work and Volunteer with our Members

Great Outdoor Weekend Ambassador - Green Umbrella

Communications and Membership Coordinator - Green Umbrella

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

Music in the Woods Volunteer - Imago

Habitat RestorationCommunications, and Outdoor Education Internships - Imago

COMING SOON: Cincinnati 2030 District Director - Green Umbrella


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