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Sustainability Spotlight: 

Celebrate Farm to School Month this October

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the county between children and local food. Choosing local food supports our local farmers and communities while teaching students about lifelong healthy habits.

National Farm to School Month provides exciting opportunities for everyone - from students, parents and food enthusiasts to food producers and nutrition professionals - to get informed, get involved and take action to grow farm to school in their own communities and across the country.

The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council is celebrating this year’s National Farm to School Month by announcing the launch of Feed Our Future, a Farm to School community health program, in our region. The program's mission is to inspire young minds to make healthy choices about what they eat. Learn more and take the Feed Our Future Pledge.

Join Us for an Outdoor Film Screening of Kiss the Ground

Join us at Campsite Sculpture Park on Thursday, October 22 from 6:00-9:00 pm for a panel discussion with local regenerative farmers and outdoor film screening of Kiss the Ground, an inspiring and groundbreaking new film that reveals how regenerating the world's soils can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth's climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. This is an in-person event - masks and social distancing are mandatory.

Tri-State Trails to Host Biennial Regional Trails Summit

In a time when so many things are uncertain, one thing is clear: more people are going outside to walk, run, or ride a bike. As a result, trails, bikeways, sidewalks, and parks have been experiencing an influx of traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet despite the proven physical and mental health benefits, some areas of our community still lack access to these basic amenities.

Join Tri-State Trails for our biennial Trails Summit (presented by Great Parks of Hamilton County and the Devou Good Foundation) as we explore how access, equity, and justice intersect in our region's trail and bikeway network. We are excited to feature Tamika Butler as our keynote speaker on Thursday, October 29 from 7-9 PM. Admission is free, however, we encourage you to make a donation if you are able.

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October 1-3: Kenton County Fall Clean Up 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Kenton County

October 1:

A Green & Equitable Recovery in the Ohio Valley 2:00-3:00 pm, City of Cincinnati

EVCincy Week: Municipal Fleet Electrification 2:00-3:00pm, City of Cincinnati

October 2:

Last Day to Order "National Make a Difference Day" Trees Taking Root

EVCincy Week: Launch Event @ Findlay Market 10:00-10:45 am, City of Cincinnati

GBBN Design Issues Series 12:00-1:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

Keep Your Construction Materials Sustainable 12:15-1:30 pm, USGBC Ohio

October 3: 

One Stop Drop 12:00-3:00 pm, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Pawpaw Hike 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

Better Cities Film Festival 7:00-10:00 pm, Women in Film Cincinnati
October 4: 
Fall Bird Walk Series 8:30-10:30 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

October 6: Red-Eared Slider Turtle Feeding 10:00-10:15, Cincinnati Nature Center

October 7: AIA Cincinnati's Sesquicentennial 5:00-6:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

October 8: 

Women in Green 1:00-2:00 pm, USGBC Ohio

New Proven Winners 6:30-7:30 pm, Boone County Arboretum

October 9-10:
Kenton County 2020 Waste Tire Collection 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Kenton County
Barnyard Bonanza: Pumpkins 9:00-9:30 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

October 10-12: Indigenous Peoples' Day Convergence 2:00-9:00 pm, Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition

October 10:

Virtual Green Home Tour 10:00 am-12:00 pm, USGBC Ohio

Youth Conservation Summit 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Nocturnal Night Hike 7:30-8:30 pm, Cincinnati Parks

October 14: Composting 101 6:00-7:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

October 15: Tour of the Universe - Online Class 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

October 16:
Homeschool Day Camp: Fabulous Fall Fun 9:30 am-2:30 pm, Cincinnati Parks
Family Flashlight Scavenger Hunt 7:30-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

October 17: 2020 Fall Foliage Festival 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

Professional Opportunities   

Ohio Development Services Agency offers low interest loans of $250k to $2.5M to help small businesses, manufacturers, nonprofits and local governments implement energy efficiency improvements through the Energy Loan Fund.

City of Cincinnati is offering Urban Agriculture Grants to businesses and nonprofit organizations for agricultural production and aggregated distribution sites within the City of Cincinnati. Applications are due Friday, October 2 by 5:00 pm

GreenBiz is hosting the VERGE 20 summit online October 26-30 with 10,000 leaders advancing systemic solutions to address the climate crisis through clean energy, electrified transportation, the circular economy, carbon removal and sustainable food systems. Their Emerging Leaders program aims to empower a diverse group of up-and-coming leaders by giving them a front-row seat to the emerging clean economy. Applications due October 9.

Greenbuild is hosting a virtual Resilience Summit on October 1 and Global Health & Wellness Summit on October 22, leading up to their International Conference & Expo, November 10-12, which will feature interactive education sessions, virtual booths, and networking opportunities.

The Rowan Institute is offering The Grassroots Climate Leadership Award. Two $2500 awards will be given to individuals or community collectives that exhibit STEM leadership at the intersection of climate change, justice, and institutional change. Nominations due October 12.

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is hosting the 2020 Summit on Sustainability, October 15-16, focusing on the willingness and perseverance to put sustainable solutions into action in our everyday lives.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources is offering Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants of $50k-500k to state and local government subdivisions for acquisition, development and rehabilitation of recreational areas. Applications due November 16.

Volunteer with our Members

Cincinnati Parks Volunteers- Clean Ups! - Cincinnati Parks
Dig in the Dirt Volunteer Days - Boone County Arboretum

BioBlitz Citizen Science Plant Identification - Mill Creek Alliance

Garden Volunteer Workdays - Civic Garden Center

Speak Truth to Power Video Project - Ohio Citizen Action

Glean and Share Volunteers - Society of St Andrew & Vitality Cincinnati

Work with our Members

Climate Policy Lead - Green Umbrella (seeking more candidates of color)

Manager of Scheduling - Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky

Greenspace Ambassador - 3CDC

Public Works Seasonal Laborer - City of Covington

Outreach Environmental Educator - Friends of Boone County Arboretum

Landscape Crew Member - Our Land Organics

Assistant Land StewardFacilities Associate - Cincinnati Nature Center

Solid Waste Services Recycling TechnicianSeasonal Solid Waste Recycling Technician - Boone County Solid Waste

Multiple Part-Time Job Opportunities Great Parks of Hamilton County

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