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  • October 11, 2017 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greater Cincinnati has exceeded yet another environmental sustainability goal by being recognized as the nation’s top metro area in sustainability. A new and improved index highlights the leading metro areas, states, and countries in sustainability, with the Cincinnati metro area ranking #1 in the US. Of the sustainability goals set for the region by Green Umbrella, the leading alliance working to maximize the environmental sustainability of Greater Cincinnati, this represents the third goal achieved before its 2020 deadline.

    “Green Umbrella is thrilled that Greater Cincinnati is being recognized for its sustainability efforts by such a data-driven and rigorous index. This news accompanies other sustainability accolades for Cincinnati, including ranking top 10 in The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® Index, and as #2 in the nation for green jobs,” says Kristin Weiss, executive director of Green Umbrella. The two other 2020 sustainability goals exceeded to date relate to greenspace (with over 101,000 acres, 96% of our regional population lives within 2 miles of protected greenspace) and outdoor recreation and nature awareness (our region continues to excel in engaging residents and visitors in outdoor experiences).

    “This data-rich, one-of-a-kind index balances a number of factors comprising cleantech and green industry activity and potential, energy awareness, the built environment, redevelopment of polluted sites, policy, and human well-being and quality of life,” reports Adam Brunes of Site Selection’s 2017 Sustainability Rankings. Green Umbrella members Proctor & Gamble and the University of Cincinnati are also featured in the article for their innovative waste reduction and green building initiatives, respectively.

    “We can look forward to more regional sustainability achievements in the future too, such as improved walkable and bike-friendly communities, thanks to OKI’s inclusion of $191 million in prioritized bike and pedestrian related infrastructure projects in the region’s 2040 Transportation Plan. We also expect to see a surge in sales of locally grown food, thanks to a USDA Local Food Promotion Program grant awarded to increase sales for local producers through our region’s largest food hubs by 65% by 2020,” says Weiss.

    “The Green Cincinnati Plan has helped establish Cincinnati as a national leader in sustainability and an attractive destination for businesses and individuals. The City of Cincinnati has begun a major update of the Green Cincinnati Plan to advance the sustainability, equity, and resilience of our city for the next five years,” says Oliver Kroner, sustainability coordinator for the City of Cincinnati. The City’s Office of Environment & Sustainability hired Green Umbrella to help with the 2018 update. A kickoff event, attended by 300 people to begin developing recommendations for the plan, was held in September at the Cincinnati Zoo – the greenest zoo in America. At the event, city officials announced plans to build the largest municipal solar array in the country as part of its recent pledge to fully transition the city to 100% renewable energy by 2035.

    “Our region has demonstrated that we value environmental sustainability, and with continued investment, we will continue to push ahead,” remarks Weiss.  

    PHOTO: People biking along the Canal Bikeway - part of the Tri-State Trails vision for CROWN Cincinnati to connect 49 neighborhoods to major destinations through this active transportation network (photo credit: Jack Martin)

  • October 03, 2017 12:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you curious about what other regions are doing to advance sustainability goals? So are we! In preparation for helping to update 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, here.

  • September 13, 2017 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Green Cincinnati Plan has helped establish Cincinnati as a national leader in sustainability and an attractive destination for businesses and individuals. Adopted in 2008, and revised and readopted in 2013, the Green Cincinnati Plan presents a comprehensive set of recommendations for addressing global climate change as a City and region. Green Umbrella is helping the City of Cincinnati begin a major update of the Green Cincinnati Plan, to advance the sustainability, equity, and resilience of our city for the next five years.

    The Kick-off meeting is scheduled for September 28th and we want to hear from you!

    The new Green Cincinnati Plan includes equity as a core organizing principle. Greater Cincinnatians are invited to work across sectors and neighborhoods to collaboratively design the next set of sustainable goals and strategies for the future of the City and region.

    Mark your calendar now, register to attend and join us:

    WHAT: Kick-off Meeting for the 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan

    WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

    WHERE: Cincinnati Zoo Harold Schott Education Center, Corner of Erkenbrecher Ave. and Dury Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220

    Register to attend.

  • September 13, 2017 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Green Umbrella is excited to present the 14th Annual Great Outdoor Weekend on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2017. This outdoor events sampler will give residents of Greater Cincinnati the opportunity to experience the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs available in the region. Participants can enjoy over 100 free events at 40 different locations throughout the area over two days. This perennial favorite is expected to draw 10,000 visitors.       

    Some of this year’s activities include:

    • Learning to kayak, canoe or fish;
    • Outdoor art-making from reused and natural materials;
    • Discovering the plants and animals that call our region home;
    • Gazing at the stars and diving into hands-on STEM activities;
    •  Exploring the landscape with orienteering skills and scavenger hunts;
    • Harvesting honey and celebrating honey bees and other pollinators.

    All of these activities plus many more are available to adults and children FREE of charge during Great Outdoor Weekend, one of the largest events of its kind in the country. This year’s event weekend features new and unique partnerships to bring diverse programs to transit-accessible locations, activating greenspace within the urban core.

    WHEN: September 23-24, 2017; all day

    WHERE: Over 40 locations throughout the Greater Cincinnati region

    To view more information on specific events held by participating organizations, go to: www.GreatOutdoorWeekend.org.

    Great Outdoor Weekend is presented by Green Umbrella and MeetMeOutdoors.com, the Tri-State’s year-round guide to the outdoors. Sponsors for this event include The Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society and Interact for Health.

  • September 12, 2017 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WHAT: Tri-State Trails and partner organizations will announce the vision for CROWN, the Cincinnati Riding Or Walking Network. CROWN is the plan to link multi-use trails and on-road bike lanes in Cincinnati to create an interconnected 104-mile active transportation network.

    WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Press conference will begin at 1:00 pm.

    The agenda for the press conference includes the following speakers:

    • Frank Henson, Chair, Tri-State Trails (emcee for press conference)
    • Megan Folkerth, Program Officer, Interact for Health
    • Jack Sutton, Executive Director, Great Parks of Hamilton County
    • Wade Walcutt, Director, Cincinnati Park Board
    • Brendon Cull, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
    • Bob Koehler, Deputy Executive Director/Transportation Manager, OKI Regional Council of Governments

    Light refreshments from Coffee Emporium will be available to attendees. A short bike ride on the Ohio River Trail will follow. A limited number of Red Bikes will be provided free of charge, complements of Red Bike.

    Tri-State Trails will live stream the press conference via Facebook using the hashtag #CROWNcincinnati.

    WHERE: Smale Riverfront Park on the Ohio River Trail, just east of the base of the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

    Parking is readily available in the Central Riverfront Garage on the Ohio River Scenic Byway (US 52), across the street from Smale Riverfront Park.

    CONTACT: Wade Johnston, Director, Tri-State Trails, wade@greenumbrella.org or 513.541.1538

    Twitter: @TriStateTrails | www.tristatetrails.org

  • August 16, 2017 4:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During this bountiful time in the growing season, many member groups are hosting events which celebrate and promote local food that is healthy and sustainable. Click on the events below for more information:

  • August 14, 2017 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Green Umbrella and Xavier Leadership Center have partnered to offer the Sustainable Climate Change Leadership Certificate. This certificate series is led by an industry expert and designed to incorporate practical and interactive learning, focusing on key disciplines of sustainability. A 10% discount is available for members of Green Umbrella! Click here to learn more. 

  • August 04, 2017 1:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Next week (Aug. 6 - 12) is National Farmers Markets Week. Now is a great time to expand your local food shopping and support local farmers. Shopping at a farmers market is a great way to make an impact because Farmers Markets:

    • Preserve America’s rural livelihoods and farmland. Farmers markets provide one of the only low-barrier entry points for beginning farmers, allowing them to start small, test the market, and grow their businesses.
    • Stimulate local economies. Growers selling locally create 13 full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned. Those that do not sell locally create 3.
    • Increase access to fresh, nutritious food. Several studies have found lower prices for conventional and organic produce at farmers markets than at supermarkets. Due to this and other factors, 52% more SNAP households shop at farmers markets and from direct marketing farmers today than in 2011.
    • Support healthy communities. Farmers market vendors educate their shoppers. Four out of five farmers selling at markets discuss farming practices with their customers, and three in five discuss nutrition and how to prepare food.
    • Promote sustainability. Three out of every four farmers selling at farmers markets say they use practices consistent with organic standards

    Need to know where to get started? Check out the CORV guide to find the farmers market nearest you and commit to spending just 10% of your grocery budget on local foods. If you shop with SNAP benefits, be sure to ask if the market offers Produce Perks. You can get up to $10 per week for every $10 worth of produce that you purchase with SNAP at participating vendors.

    Fun fact: If 10% of the regional population shifts 10% of their food dollars to local food, it will result in over $56,000,000 infused into our local economy!

  • August 02, 2017 1:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tri-State Trails and Interact for Health are seeking volunteers to help collect trail user intercept surveys in August through October. Help us gather qualitative data to tell the story of trail use in Greater Cincinnati. All volunteers will receive a Tri-State Trails Nalgene water bottle, a bike tire patch kit, and our eternal gratitude. Click here to sign up for one or more 3-hour survey windows on a trail near you!

  • July 19, 2017 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Green Umbrella is hiring! After 3+ years on the job, Amy Yokel will be leaving Green Umbrella to pursue new opportunities in the science world. We wish her well and are now seeking someone to fill her shoes. You can view the position description hereapplications are due by August 2nd to Green Umbrella with a start date of late August. 

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