The Region’s Sustainability Pros Expand Their Impact on Climate Change

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A new phase of Green Umbrella launches this year.

By Green Umbrella,

Published November 3, 2023

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Source: Cincinnati Magazine

The Region’s Sustainability Pros Expand Their Impact on Climate Change

Cincinnati’s Green Umbrella is a network of individuals, organizations, and governments that are committed to taking action in the face of climate change. Its 25-year history includes launching projects, helping to secure grants, and hosting events across the region. The organization serves counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. To expand its reach, Green Umbrella is relaunching as the region’s regional climate collaborative. Executive director Ryan Mooney-Bullock says the shift is being made in order to address research that shows that 2030 is the milestone year in order to reduce climate change–related catastrophes. “We have a very short amount of time to make a big difference,” says Mooney-Bullock. “We want to be as prepared as possible to help our region reduce emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change.” The new direction will focus attention on helping communities come up with a clear climate action plan and direct resources to key priorities.

Reaching everyone in the region

Currently 325,000 people live in communities with a dedicated roadmap for climate action. Green Umbrella is working to expand coverage to all 2.2 million people in the region. “We have a track record of meeting the needs of our region and the pressing issues of our time,” says Mooney-Bullock. “We’re working toward a resilient, equitable, and thriving region.”

Common Orchard Project & Green Schoolyards Action Network Orchard Installation at Carthage Elementary with Fifth Third Bank volunteers.

Local government’s embedded climate fellow

Green Umbrella is launching a new initiative where local governments can have a climate fellow for summer 2024. The embedded person will help communities make better decisions with regards to climate change, community programs, policy implementation, and creating a roadmap for their own community.

Reinventing the membership model

For the last 25 years Green Umbrella has been a membership organization. This year they’re launching new member benefits, an updated membership resource portal, and helping members leverage new funding opportunities and best practices to tackle climate and other environmental issues.

Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit Keynote Speaker Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

Learn more about Green Umbrella

Visit the Green Umbrella website to learn how your organization can join the collaborative or how individuals can make donations to support Green Umbrella’s important work in our community.

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