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  • December 12, 2018 12:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: WCPO Cincinnati

    By: Pat LaFleur

    CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati ranks in the top 30 "greenest" cities in the U.S., according to an October report from the personal finance website Wallet Hub. Just a few months before that, Site Selection magazine ranked the city as the country's "most sustainable."

    They're accolades worth touting.

    It's certainly good news to Ryan Mooney-Bullock, whose team at Madisonville-based Green Umbrella Thursday will commemorate two decades of working to preserve the region's plentiful landscape of green spaces like parks, preserves, and gardens.

    "One of the things we’re really proud of with our city is how you can get to natural areas no matter where you live," Mooney-Bullock said. According to her data, 83 percent of Hamilton County residents live 10 minutes or less from a protected green space, and that's on foot. Within Cincinnati city limits, that figure jumps to 91 percent.

    Across Greater Cincinnati, Green Umbrella counts 115,000 acres of protected green space.

    But the nonprofit's scope expands beyond keeping beautiful places beautiful. Despite the notable position on the "greenest cities" list, the Tri-State's stretch of the Ohio River Valley and the surrounding hills face a wide-range of environmental challenges, Mooney-Bullock said.

    She worries, for instance, about the high number of Tri-State folks -- including 36,000 kids in Hamilton County alone  --  living with asthma and the American Lung Association's ranking the region 18th worst in the country for year-round particle pollution .

    "In my mind, we have a big disconnect when we have huge asthma incidents in our region, and we also have an amazing green space," she said.

    Over two decades, the group's focus grew from protecting green space to encompass a range of issues that fall under the umbrella -- getting the name now? -- "sustainability."

    Green Umbrella began humbly in 1998 as the "Regional Green Space Initiative." It was "literally a dozen folks sitting in a small office or a conference room in a library," as Mooney-Bullock describes it. By the time she began volunteering with Green Umbrella in 2011, the group had already started widening its field of vision.

    She came on board to manage the Green Learning Station at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati in Avondale, where she educated people on stormwater management and environmentally efficient gardening methods.

    Just a few years later, Green Umbrella would become one of the groups behind launching Red Bike -- the region's nonprofit bike share program with rentable bikes and docking stations in neighborhoods on both sides of the river.

    By 2018, Green Umbrella grew into an organization with more than 900 members and seven focus areas: energy, green space, local food, outdoor, transportation, waste reduction and watershed. Some programs even have full-time staff, such as Tri-State Trails or the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council.

    Members consist of individuals as well as nearly 200 groups and organizations. The city of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Museum Center, Interact for Health, Fifth Third Bank, and dozens of others have adopted Green Umbrella's resolve to get the region's "green city" rank from top 30 to top 10 by 2020.

    Site Selection magazine has already dubbed the city as "Most Sustainable" metro area in the country  in a report this summer.

    Most recently, Green Umbrella scored a big win when the city of Cincinnati in October received a $2.5 million grant from Bloomberg Phlanthropies' American Cities Climate Challenge. The city's Office of Environment and Sustainability will be able to use that money toward its commitment to making Cincinnati an officially designated "2030 district."

    2030 districts consist of property owners and managers who pledge to reduce their buildings’ energy and water consumption and transportation emissions by half by the year 2030. Kroger recently announced it will join the growing list of regional groups joining the new Cincinnati 2030 district .

    "We've come a long way," Mooney-Bullock said. "It’s not just about, ‘Can I get out and hike a trail this weekend?’ but, ‘Can I get where I need to go in order to make a living or in order to pursue an education, and can I do so in a way that is not going to create a huge amount of pollution?'"

    With so many member organizations, Green Umbrella's role is to foster connections, Mooney-Bullock said. "We're a small, lean backbone organization who can coordinate collaboration amongst a bunch of different people," she said. "From governments to businesses to educational institutions to nonprofits, concerned citizens — they’re all at the table trying to figure out how to move that problem forward quickly."

    Green Umbrella will commemorate 20 years with a celebration Thursday evening at The Sanctuary event center on St. Michael Street in Lower Price Hill. Tickets for non-members cost a $35 donation. More information is available here .

    View the original article here. 

  • October 24, 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Producer: Joey Maiocco, Newsy

    Watch as Mayor John Cranley sits down with Green Umbrella Executive Director Ryan Mooney-Bullock to sign the City of Cincinnati to the Cincinnati 2030 District, and announces Kroger as a Founding Member as well.

    Watch Video

    Modern Metropolis: Preparing Today's Cities for Tomorrow's Challenges tells the story of a dedicated group of individuals as they start a sustainability district (2030 Districts) in their home town of Cincinnati, OH.

  • October 17, 2018 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Green Umbrella`s Ryan Mooney-Bullock to keynote SGP Community Day 2018 conference in Cincinnati Ohio

    Ryan Mooney-Bullock, Green Umbrella Executive Director, will speak about building a sustainability community 

    The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications for print manufacturers, has announced Ryan Mooney-Bullock, Executive Director of Green Umbrella, as its 2018 Community Day keynote speaker.

    As the Executive Director of Green Umbrella, Mooney-Bullock works with a variety of organizations and individuals to improve the sustainability of Greater Cincinnati. The organization works towards several goals through their collective impact model, which incorporates hundreds of members. These goals include energy, greenspace, local food, outdoor education and nature awareness, transportation, waste reduction and watershed conservation.

    In speaking about her upcoming role in SGP Community Day, Mooney-Bullock said, “I’m excited to share the Cincinnati region’s sustainability story with SGP at Community Day in Cincinnati on November 14. This organization of printers, and the clients that support them, recognize Cincinnati is leading the way in creative solutions to environmental challenges. Green Umbrella is thrilled to introduce them to some of the people and organizations that are advancing these initiatives every day.”

    Mooney-Bullock’s keynote speech will address the state of sustainability, how it has evolved, and the role that collaborative, cross-sector partnerships have in advancing it.

    The conference will feature presentations and discussions on procurement, circular economy and sustainability practices from leading companies. Other speakers and panelists will be announced later. 

    SGP Community Day 2018

    The conference will be held on November 14 at the Renaissance Hotel in Cincinnati, OH. The annual event connects leading printers with brands and print buyers who are all working together for a more sustainable supply chain. The conference will include presentations and discussions on the state of sustainability in the instore retail, packaging, textile and events market space. The day concludes with a gala dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of SGP. To register please visit http://communityday.sgppartnership.org. 

    Stay updated on the conference by signing for the SGP newsletter and connecting with SGP on LinkedIn and Twitter.

    To learn more about getting your print facility SGP Certified, visit www.sgppartnership.org.


    About Green Umbrella

    The Green Umbrella is a non-profit organization working to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the region around Cincinnati by maximizing the collective impact of individuals and organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability. In partnership with the area’s leading planning initiatives — Skyward in Northern Kentucky and Agenda 360 in Southwestern Ohio — Green Umbrella facilitates collaboration among over 200 area non-profits, businesses, educational institutions and governmental entities focused on the environmental aspects of sustainability. With its members, Green Umbrella aims to meet the environmental, social, and economic needs of today while preserving the ability of future generations to do the same. Visit http://www.greenumbrella.org to learn more.


    About SGP

    The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is a non-profit organization that certifies printing facilities’ sustainability best practices. SGP advocates best practices and innovation among print community stakeholders, aligning the printing industry and its customers in the pursuit of a more accountable sustainable supply chain. SGP works with patrons such as 3M, International Paper, EFI, ECOR, FLEXcon, North American Plastics, Piedmont Plastics, Gilman Brothers and numerous other leading brands. www.sgppartnership.org

  • October 09, 2018 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October is National Farm to School Month 

    Cincinnati, OH -- Greater Cincinnati school districts are joining schools across the nation to celebrate National Farm to School Month this October. National Farm to School Month celebrates the connections happening all over the country between children and local food. Local schools are incorporating food from Ohio farms into special events throughout the month that highlight locally sourced food options and hands-on nutrition education.

    Cincinnati Public Schools, Edgewood City Schools, Little Miami Local School District, Loveland City School District and Sycamore City Schools are celebrating by crunching into a variety of Ohio grown apples as part of the fifth annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch taking place at noon on Thursday, October 11. Organized by the National Farm to School Network, school districts in Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana will participate. The event encourages healthy eating and supports farm to school and local food initiatives throughout the Great Lakes Region.

    The apples for the Crunch are coming from Eshleman Fruit Farm. “It's an important lifeline for small farming businesses to have the opportunity to serve schools,” said Jeff Eshleman of Eshleman Fruit Farm. “We've heard from many school cafeterias that their children begin eating more apples during lunch periods because the apples taste fantastic. Farm to School fruit is an effective way for schools to add great tasting whole foods to the menus for their students and support area businesses. And it keeps Ohio taxes in Ohio, not out to West Coast growers!"

    All of the crops used during National Farm to School Month come from Ohio farms and most are within 100 miles of the school district. Some of the participating farms include: Eshleman Fruit Farm, Fox Tail Farm, Freedom Farm, That Guy’s Family Farm and Turner Farm.  Other school districts participating in Farm to School Month include: Forest Hills School District, Lakota Local School District, Mason City Schools, The Children’s Home and West Clermont Local Schools.

    "Cincinnati Public Schools is excited to be partnering with the Ohio Valley Food Hub Project to offer locally grown produce in their school meal programs,” said Jessica Shelly, Food Services Director with Cincinnati Public Schools. “When presented with the opportunity to support Eshleman Fruit Farm and participate in the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch, Cincinnati Public Schools recognized when they purchase local foods, it triggers even more local economic activity that creates benefits for our communities beyond our school lunchrooms."

    The Ohio Valley Food Hub Project, a USDA-funded project of Green Umbrella, is leading the effort for the region. Launched in 2017, the project works to provide a convenient and efficient local food distribution solution for both farmers and institutions. The project addresses the need for better market opportunities for local farms and better access for consumers to fresh, healthy, local food in the Greater Cincinnati region. Individuals, schools and businesses can purchase local food year-round through food hubs or direct from farmers and food artisans. If just 10% of our region’s population shifts 10% of their food budget to local foods, that will infuse over $56 million into our local economy.


    Celebrating 20 years as Greater Cincinnati’s hub for environmental sustainability. Act locally with Green Umbrella and make a difference. Learn more or become a member at www.greenumbrella.org    

    For more information contact:                                                                               

    Anne Schneider, Anne@greenumbrella.org 
    Local Food Consultant, Green Umbrella

  • September 26, 2018 4:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cincinnati, OH—Green Umbrella, Greater Cincinnati’s environmental sustainability alliance, has selected five new “Greenspace Gems” as part of an initiative celebrating the region’s expansive acreage of protected greenspace. The announcement is part of the organization’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of Public Lands Day, September 22, which recognizes the connections between people and greenspace and promotes environmental stewardship.

    Greenspace Gems – selected by a team of conservation experts from Green Umbrella’s Greenspace Action Team – highlights natural areas in the Tri-State for their outstanding scenic value, biological diversity, scientific importance, or historic interest.  This set of Gems follows the inaugural set of five released earlier this year.

    The sites selected as part of the second round of Greenspace Gems are:

    • Oxbow (Dearborn County)
    • St. Anne Woods and Wetlands (Campbell County)
    • Fernald Preserve (Hamilton County)
    • Gilmore MetroPark (Butler County)
    • Sharon Woods Gorge (Hamilton County)

    Each of the sites represents the ecological diversity of Green Umbrella’s 10-county region and tells a story of public action to protect natural resources. ”We hope this series will raise awareness of our greatest places and the strategies being used to protect them,” says Bob Temple, a founding member and current board member of Green Umbrella. “Expanding urbanization threatens our quality of life and the essential services that greenspaces provide. With public support and smart planning, we can keep our metro area sustainable, healthy and equitable.”

    Several of the Gems will host events during the 15th annual Great Outdoor Weekend, September 29-30. The largest outdoor recreation sampler event in the region, the weekend offers nearly 100 free, family-friendly outdoor events in nine counties including at several Gem sites. “Great Outdoor Weekend offers everyone from outdoor enthusiasts to those curious about the great outdoors opportunities to explore natural spaces throughout our region,” says Green Umbrella Outdoor Action Team Co-Chair and Director of Imago, Chris Clements. “There’s no better time to explore the Gems and learn about ways to protect our greenspaces for generations to come.” Many of the Great Outdoor Weekend events are accessible by public transportation.

    This year, Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event, will focus on restoration and resilience of public lands with beautification and clean-up events as well as free admission to federal lands. Green Umbrella has worked towards that mission since 1998 when it was launched to conserve greenspace and unite citizens and groups concerned about preserving and restoring the region’s wildlife and plants. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Green Umbrella’s work highlights the region’s great achievement in having protected over 116,000 acres of greenspace to date.

    Explore our region’s Greenspace Gems and outdoor organizations during Great Outdoor Weekend, September 29-30.


    Celebrating 20 years as Greater Cincinnati’s hub for environmental sustainability. Act locally with Green Umbrella and make a difference. Learn more or become a member at www.greenumbrella.org.

  • September 20, 2018 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join Green Umbrella in celebrating the 25th anniversary of Public Lands Day on September 22. Public Lands Day, which recognizes the connections between people and greenspace and promotes environmental stewardship, is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event. This year's theme is restoration and resilience of public lands and beautification and clean-up events are planned at public spaces throughout the nation. Enjoy free admission to public parks and do your part to protect our green spaces at these local events.   

    September 22:

    National Public Lands Day at Smale Park, 8:00 am - noon, Cincinnati Parks

    September 29:

    Pollinator Trail Project, 9:00 am - noon, Great Parks of Hamilton County

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

  • September 13, 2018 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Green Umbrella has two new staff positions for which we are currently hiring: 

    Communications and Membership Coordinator

    Director of Cincinnati 2030 District

    Read the full job descriptions at the links above and get your resume ready if you fit the descriptions of who we are looking for to join our team. 

  • September 10, 2018 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CINCINNATI, OH – The Duke Class Benefit Fund has committed $300,000 over 3 years to support Green Umbrella as it launches Cincinnati’s 2030 District. 2030 Districts  - a national model for urban sustainability - are made up of property owners who make a collective commitment to reduce their buildings’ energy use, water consumption and transportation emissions by the year 2030. The Cincinnati 2030 District is a collaborative effort to create a network of healthy, high-performing buildings in Cincinnati’s central business district. Property owners will achieve the goals of the District collectively through collaboration, shared resources and innovative solutions that will lead to cost savings, healthier buildings and a more livable, desirable city. This, in turn, helps Cincinnati attract and retain a high caliber workforce and new entrepreneurial talent, while also promoting economic development.

    There are 20 active 2030 Districts in the US, with Cincinnati seeking to become the 21st. The City of Cincinnati’s Green Cincinnati Plan ranks the creation of a 2030 District as one of the largest opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city’s built environment. “Cincinnati is a leader in sustainability and innovation, due largely to the strong partnerships between the public and private sectors,” says Larry Falkin, Director of the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability. “The Cincinnati 2030 District presents another great opportunity for business and government to move our City forward by working together.”  

    Efforts to start the Cincinnati District have been led by a working group of leaders from business, government and non-profit sectors. Green Umbrella, Greater Cincinnati’s sustainability alliance, has adopted the 2030 District as a new initiative and will hire a full-time Director to oversee the success of the collaborative. "The Duke Class Benefit Fund is proud to support Green Umbrella's 2030 District initiative,” says Brewster Rhoads, Board Chair of the CBF. “It is an exciting project that has the potential to make downtown buildings more energy efficient, reduce the utility bills for participating businesses and help Cincinnati reach its ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions." The Pittsburgh 2030 District has seen tremendous success since its founding in 2012, including 12% reductions in energy and 14.5% in water use and $85.4M in cost savings to building owners.

    The Cincinnati 2030 District is recruiting 10 Founding Members by the end of the year. These early adopters will be developers, building owners and facility managers who are ready to use their property to advance the bold sustainability goals of the 2030 Network. In addition to Members, the 2030 District has opportunities for engagement by Sponsors (who contribute financially) and Partners (who provide services to buildings). “The Cincinnati 2030 District is an opportunity for the region’s corporations to translate their impressive social responsibility initiatives into the way they design and use their buildings,” says Ryan Mooney-Bullock, executive director of Green Umbrella. “By working collectively, we prove that Cincinnati is a place where talented professionals want to work and innovative companies want to locate.”  

    This fall is a great time to learn more about the Cincinnati 2030 District. The 7th Annual PEDCO High Performance Buildings Seminar on October 4 will feature a panel made up of 2030 leaders from Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh and a presentation about the Cincinnati 2030 District. Additional informational and design sessions will be scheduled throughout the fall. Interested real estate owners, facility managers, developers, industry professionals, and community stakeholders in the downtown core (see map) should visit cincy2030.org or email to learn more about the benefits of 2030 membership and how to get involved. Tenants of downtown buildings can advocate for their property managers to sign on as Members in order to enjoy the benefits provided through the District.


    Celebrating 20 years as Greater Cincinnati’s hub for environmental sustainability. Act locally with Green Umbrella and make a difference. Learn more or become a member at www.greenumbrella.org.

  • August 15, 2018 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) recently re-evaluated its Pollution Control Standards (PCS), and is proposing to eliminate the Water Quality Criteria it enforces for the Ohio River. ORSANCO has served as an inter-state regulator of effluent into the Ohio River since it was established 70 years ago, well before the founding of the EPA and Clean Water Act. ORSANCO is a member of Green Umbrella, and we highly value its role in maintaining the integrity of the Ohio River. 

    After careful consideration, and under the advice of the Watershed Action Team, Green Umbrella recommends that ORSANCO continue to monitor and enforce its Pollution Control Standards. ORSANCO has the unique role of ensuring that all states (and polluters) in the Ohio River watershed are held to the same standards. The elimination of the water quality criteria developed for the Ohio River by ORSANCO could be detrimental to the river and the watershed as a whole. If the three-year Pollution Control Standard review cycle poses a financial strain for the organization, we encourage ORSANCO to move to a five year cycle to reduce the burden. ORSANCO is accepting public comments until midnight on August 20. Learn more about how to submit a comment on its website.


    Green Umbrella's Watershed Action Team brings together representatives from non-profits, businesses, educational institutions and governmental entities working to improve water quality and watershed management in our region. Our 2020 Goal is to protect, enhance and celebrate all streams, rivers and other water resources by making a measurable improvement in 75% of them. Find out more at GreenUmbrella.org/Watershed-Action-Team.

  • August 01, 2018 10:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Green Umbrella’s Local Food Action Team joins markets across the region in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 5-11, 2018. The week will mark a revitalization of Green Umbrella’s 10% Shift: Eat Local Campaign, which encourages families and individuals to shift 10% of their food budget towards the purchasing of local foods produced within 100 miles of Cincinnati.  

    Members of the Local Food Action Team, which develops strategies to increase production and consumption of local foods, will assist shoppers in taking the 10% Shift pledge at farmers’ markets throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. The campaign provides a simple way for consumers to make a big impact on the local economy and regional food system. For a family of four spending $200 a week on groceries, a ten percent shift in dollars would mean committing to spend $20.00 a week on locally grown foods. If 10% of the regional population shifts 10% of their food dollars to local food, $56 million would be infused into our local economy.

    According to statistics recently released by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers markets and farm stands account for roughly $2 billion of the $3 billion that Americans spend annually on farm-direct products. This revenue, in turn, supports the livelihoods of more than 165,000 mostly small and mid-sized farms and ranches across the county.

    Locally, the team has focused their efforts on increasing access points for local food purchase, seeing local points of consumption grow from just 45 in 2010 to 189 in 2017. The number of farmers markets in the region has also seen tremendous growth, increasing by nearly two-thirds since 2010.  

    "Every dollar spent at a tristate farmers’ market strengthens our regional economy, while conserving natural resources,” says Liz Stites, general manager of Hyde Park Farmers’ Market. "The best tasting food in the world comes from local farmers, and National Farmers Market Week is the perfect time to commit to a 10 percent shift. Area markets are brimming with fresh, seasonal produce. It’s all about pampering your taste buds, supporting your neighbors and caring for Mother Earth.”

    Those interested in learning more about the 10% Shift Campaign can visit www.greenumbrella.org/10shift. To find a farmers’market, visit the 2018 CORV Local Food Guide.


    Celebrating 20 years as Greater Cincinnati’s hub for environmental sustainability. Act locally with Green Umbrella and make a difference. Learn more or become a member at www.greenumbrella.org.

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