About the Greater Cincinnati Regional Climate Collaborative

The Greater Cincinnati Regional Climate Collaborative (RCC) serves as a network for public agencies to better understand regional climate impacts on their communities and advance adaptation and mitigation solutions. The Collaborative will facilitate peer sharing, highlight best practices among local governments, develop opportunities for regional collaboration and program implementation, and help secure funding and technical assistance. Network partners will also include academia, non-profit organizations, business and community leaders. Check out Regional Collaboratives for Climate Change — A State of the Art from the Institute for Sustainable Communities to learn more about RCCs.

Since Spring 2021, Green Umbrella has been a member of the Regional Collaboratives Forum hosted by Georgetown Climate Center. In August 2021, Green Umbrella led regional participation in a pilot program--Regional Collaboration for Equitable Climate Solutions--hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Communities, exploring how to center equity in the next generation of climate collaboratives. And in Spring 2022, Green Umbrella and its regional team were invited to be one of the first regions in the country to join the Urban Equity Climate Compact.

Greater Cincinnati joins more than 30 other Regional Climate Collaboratives working to address climate impacts and improve the quality of life in communities, resilience of infrastructure, and predictability of budget.

Image credit: Georgetown Climate Center

Image credit: Georgetown Climate Center

Meet the Climate Action Team

Savannah Sullivan

Climate Action Director

Savannah has extensive professional experience across the fields of public policy, research, and environmental sciences, and has previously led climate, equity, and community engagement initiatives for public institutions such as the City of Cincinnati, Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute, and US EPA. She currently serves as the Director for the Climate Safe Neighborhoods Partnership, a collaboration with Groundwork Ohio River Valley. She holds a Master of Public Affairs and Master of Science in Environmental Science from Indiana University's O'Neill School for Public and Environmental Affairs, and Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College.

Tyeisha Cole

Climate Action Coordinator

Tyeisha grew up as a frontline community member in the Cincinnati neighborhoods of Bond Hill and Millvale. Prior to joining GU, she partnered with the University of Connecticut to determine regional oyster shell recycling viability and completed an AmeriCorps VISTA with Working In Neighborhoods to combat food access and walkability issues. She currently serves as the Chair of Cincinnati NAACP’s Environmental Climate Justice Committee. She holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy with a concentration on Fish & Wildlife Management from the American Public University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban & Regional Planning and Environmental Principles & Practices from Miami University.

Executive Board

The Regional Climate Collaborative Executive Board will work will work with Green Umbrella to set the strategy and work closely with the staff to implement. Green Umbrella will accept applications from RCC members from September 15 through November 15, 2023. Check back in for application and election details in December. To learn more, contact Climate Action Director Savannah Sullivan at savannah@greenumbrella.org

Youth Engagement

Green Umbrella will coordinate with regional partners to ensure that youth engage in civic processes and shape the sustainability, equity, and resilience of their communities via the Regional Climate Collaborative. Our efforts will build on existing youth programming in the region and will support the next generation of climate champions and pathways to engage in local climate action efforts. To learn more, contact Climate Action Coordinator Tyeisha Cole at tyeisha@greenumbrella.org.

Green Umbrella launched the Regional Climate Collaborative on July 21, 2022. Watch the launch event recording below:

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