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September 27, 2017

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How does Cincinnati measure up?

Are you curious about what other regions are doing to advance sustainability goals? So are we! In preparation for updating the Green Cincinnati Plan, Green Umbrella analyzed the sustainability initiatives of 15 peer regions across the nation. The process identified an Idea Bank of 1,300 actions, projects, targets and strategies. You can check them out, and learn more about the Benchmarking Study, on our website.

Policy Learning with Candidates for City Council, Thursday, October 12, 5:30-8:30 pm, Niehoff Urban Studio

Learn how City Council Candidates work with each other, citizens, and experts to tackle policy issues. In this forum, candidates will be assigned randomly to panels with other candidates, two policy experts and a moderator. Each candidate will have two minutes to explain how they would approach a policy scenario, followed by comments by the policy experts. The moderator will facilitate a discussion among the candidates, experts and voters. Learn more about this forum, sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council and Interact for Health.

Thanks for a fabulous Great Outdoor Weekend!

The numbers are still rolling in but we are hearing great reports from hosts and participants for the 14th GOW (the hottest since 2007). If you attended an activity, we’d like to hear from you. Complete our short survey to tell us about your experience and send photos from your GOW to our Program Manager.

In the News

The Food Hub Dilemma, The Growler Magazine

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: USDA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture). Applications for Community Food Projects (CFP) will be accepted until December 4, a webinar is scheduled for October 16. Community Food Projects are intended to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system to foster understanding of national food security trends and how they might improve local food systems. 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: National Science Foundation. The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and fuels, and for energy storage. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. Applications due October 20.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Nature Works Everywhere. $2,000 grants for K-12 schools will support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges, including: access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation. Applications due November 3.

RESOURCE: OKI and its team of national partners are developing a guide for local decision makers to integrate trees into stormwater management design and policy applicable across the nation. 

LUNCH & LEARN: Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 40% of all food produced in the U.S. goes to waste and an average family spends $1,500 per year on food they throw away. To encourage households to reduce waste, the District has developed a program you can schedule in your community or at your place of work. Schedule a “lunch and learn” style workshop (minimum of 12 participants required) by contacting Jenny Lohmann.

WORKSHOP: Impact 100. Attend a Non-profit Application Workshops on 10/2, 10/4, 11/6. These workshops are an opportunity for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky nonprofits to be introduced to Impact 100, its board and application process. Learn about the requirements for application, funding criteria and timeline.  Register online

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Cincinnati Nature Center. Service Learning, More than Just a Helping Hand, on December 7, is designed for conservation-minded nonprofits to explore the service-learning model as integral to environmentalism and conservation, and more deeply understand the similarities and differences between service-learning and volunteerism. Learn more & register.

Green Jobs & Volunteer
Tri-State Trails GIS Intern - Green Umbrella

Director of Development - Gorman Heritage Farm

Tree Planting Volunteers - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Program Coordinator - MetroParks of Butler County

Architecture Intern - Emersion Design

Structural Engineer - Emersion Design

Business Development Manager - Emersion Design

Sunflower Festival Volunteers - Gorman Heritage Farm

Farm Educator Volunteer - Gorman Heritage Farm

Naturalist - Bull's Run Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum

Bookkeeping/Accounting Services - Gabriel's Place

Facility Attendant MetroParks of Butler County

Agriculture Education Director - Greenacres Foundation

Buildings and Grounds Manager - Greenacres Foundation

Please visit our Green Jobs page to view older postings.

Popular links:
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· Events Calendar
· Our Action Teams
Green Umbrella Events:
Outdoor Action Team Meeting
Thursday, October 5
8:30 - 10:00 am
REI Rookwood

Local Food Action Team Meeting
Thursday, October 5
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Field trip to 80 Acres Farms

Green Drinks with Green Umbrella
Thursday, October 5
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Higher Gravity (Northside)

Water Action Team

Wednesday, October 6
9:00 - 11:00 am
Hamilton County Environmental Services

Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 11
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Interact for Health

Greenspace Action Team Meeting
Tuesday, October 17
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Winton Woods

Waste Action Team Meeting
Friday, October 20
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Hamilton County Environmental Services

Tri-State Trails Autumn Quarterly Meeting
Friday, October 20
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Whitewater Canal Trail

Transportation Action Team Meeting
Thursday, November 16
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Our Upcoming Member Events:

Green Cincinnati Plan Kick-Off Meeting
Thursday, September 28
6:00 - 8:00 pm
City of Cincinnati

Edible Innovation Series: Big Cricket Farms
Thursday, September 28
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The Lane Libraries

Solar Home Tour
Saturday, September 30
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Green Energy Ohio

Fall Park Fest
Sunday, October 1
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Parks of Hamilton Co.

Family Stream Adventure
Sunday, October 1
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cincinnati Nature Center

Lecture: Transportation, Justice, and Sustainability
Tuesday, October 3
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Yoga in the Woods
Tuesday, October 3
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Volunteer Orientation
Wednesday, October 4
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Parks of Hamilton Co.

Night Bike Ride
Friday, October 6
7:00 pm
Great Parks of Hamilton Co.

One Stop Drop for Responsible Recycling
Saturday, October 7
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Loveland Sustainability Council

First Flush Party
Thursday, October 5
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Civic Garden Center

Luminary Night Hike
Saturday, October 7
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Parks of Hamilton Co.

Sunflower Festival
October 7 & 8
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Gorman Heritage Farm

Policy Learning with Candidates
Thursday, October 12
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

Click here to view our full events calendar.

About Green Umbrella:

Green Umbrella is the leading alliance working to maximize the environmental sustainability of Greater Cincinnati.

We’re driving collaboration to fuel measurable improvements in key areas of sustainability: Greenspace, Energy, Local Food, Outdoor Recreation, Transportation, Waste Reduction and Watershed.

Our vision is to have the region recognized as one of the top 10 most sustainable metro areas in the nation by 2020.

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