September 26, 2018

Sustainability Spotlight 

Find Your Adventure at Great Outdoor Weekend!

The region's largest outdoor recreation sampler event returns this weekend! Great Outdoor Weekend, September 29-30, will offer nearly 100 free, family-friendly outdoor events in nine counties including at several Greenspace Gem sites. You can tag a monarch butterfly at Fernald Preserve, go on an Adventure Hike at Bender Mountain, explore the Oxbow at sunset, roast marshmallows at Rowe Woods, or Be a Part of Something Mammoth at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site.

Explore all of the events, including many accessible by public transportation at greatoutdoorweekend.com.

Celebrate National Farm to School Month!

October is National Farm to School Month! Farm to School Month celebrates the connection between farms and schools with a variety of food education activities and field trips. Locally, the Ohio Valley Food Hub Project is teaming up with nine local school districts to provide healthy, local options to students throughout the region.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off for Hamilton County

Do you have paint, pesticides, or pool chemicals that you don't need? Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is holding a free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off on Thursdays from September 20 to November 15. Hamilton County residents (no businesses or non-profits) can safely dispose of their hazardous waste at Environmental Enterprises, Inc. for free between 1:00 and 7:00 pm. View the list of acceptable items here.

Join the Waste Reduction Action Team for Green Drinks! 

The Waste Reduction Action Team will host Green Drinks on Thursday, October 5 at Taft's Brewpourium! Learn about the team's I Value Food Challenge and other ways they are working to reduce food waste.

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 three Initiatives: Tri-State Trails, the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, and the newly-announced Cincinnati 2030 District.

Cincinnati 2030 District

Green Umbrella is launching the Cincinnati 2030 District as a collaborative effort to create a network of healthy, high-performing buildings in Cincinnati’s central business district. 

Green Umbrella is searching for a Cincinnati 2030 District Director as well as 10 Founding Members. Click here to find out how you and your organization can get involved!


Attend an Action Team Meeting

October 4 @ 8:30 am Outdoor - CANCELED

October 4 @ 11:00 am Local Food

October 5 @ 9:00 am Watershed

October 10 @ 8:30 am Energy 

October 10 @ 2:30 Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council Meeting

October 16 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

October 18 @ 1:30 pm Transportation 

October 19 @ 1:30 pm Tristate Trails Quarterly Meeting

October 26 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction 


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

Sustainability in the Headlines

Campbell County Site Selected in Second Round of Greenspace Gems, The River City News

Exploring the Great Outdoors of Greater Cincinnati, WVXU Cincinnati

Oxbow Named a Greenspace Gem, Dearborn County Register

Eat Locally, Politic Nationally, Cincinnati Enquirer

Kenton County Schedules Hike at Morning View Heritage Area, NKY Tribune

Cincinnati Eliminates Parking Minimums to Make Downtown More Walkable, StreetsBlog USA

Workforce Transit Route to Connect Dayton, Cincinnati, Dayton Business Journal

Conservation Mission Changes as Population Grows, WVXU Cincinnati

Oxford Considers Measures to Preserve and Protect Trees, Journal-News

Three TriHealth Hospitals Let You Drop Off Drugs for Disposal, WCPO

Netherlands Switches Gears with World's First Used-Plastic Bike Path, Zilient

On Eve of Global Climate Summit, 19 U.S. Cities Launch Electric Car Effort, Governing

Hurricane Florence Showed that Renewable Energy is Resilient, Too, CBS News

Connect with our Members                          View our full events calendar.

Thursday, September 27: What does Green Building Mean to you? 4:30 pm, Green Building Consulting 


September 28 - September 30: Green Energy Ohio Tour, Solar Energy Solutions

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

Nature in the City: John Talmadge, 7:30 pm, Common Roots


Saturday and Sunday, September 29 & 30: Great Outdoor Weekend 

9:00 am-9:00 pm, Green Umbrella Check the website for 100 free activities!


Saturday, September 29: 

Free Entry into Great Parks, all day, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Community Electronics Recycling Day, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Mount Saint Joseph University


Thursday, October 4: Family Fun Night, 6:30-7:30 pm, Kenton County Parks and Rec


Saturday, October 6: 

Buckeye Trace Habitat Restoration, 9:00 am-noon, Western Wildlife Corridor

Eastview Barrens State Nature Preserve, 11:00 am, Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society


October 6 and 7: Sunflower Festival, 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm


Saturday, October 7: 

Mid-Fall Migration and Late Flowers, 9:00 am, National Audubon Society

Bees in your Backyard, 2:00-4:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center


Wednesday, October 10: Seasonal Maintenance in the Home for Fall and Winter, 6:00-8:00 pm, Working in Neighborhoods


Thursday, October 11: 

Mind Diet for Brain Health, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Turner Farm

Happy Hour, at 50 West, 5:30-7:30 pm, Outdoor Adventure Clubs


Friday, October 12: Just Hike Cincy, 5:45 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 Nature Conservancy has opened applications for its Nature Works Everywhere grants to support socially innovative projects in K-12 schools that implement green infrastructure. Applications are due by October 5.

ReuseConex International Reuse Conference & Expo is coming to Cincinnati October 18-20 at the Holiday Inn Downtown. It will bring together leaders to share best practices on diversion, economic and equity benefits of reuse. Find out more and register here.

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

Cincinnati 2030 District Director - Green Umbrella

Sunflower Festival Volunteer - Gorman Heritage Farm

Program Educator - Cincinnati Observatory Center

Event Host - MetroParks of Butler County

Mobile Market Operator - Freestore Foodbank

Executive Director - Indiana Land Protection Alliance

Water Quality Internship - OKI

Park Maintenance Technician - MetroParks of Butler County

Natural Resources Technician - MetroParks of Butler County


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