November 21, 2018 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sustainability Spotlight 

Open your Green Umbrella and Become a Green Umbrella Ambassador 

As we prepare for the holidays, the staff at Green Umbrella would like to express our gratitude for our members! It is because of your passion and dedication that we are able to celebrate the successes we have achieved together over the past 20 years. This Giving Tuesday we invite you to join us as a Green Umbrella Ambassador with a donation of $100 and receive your very own limited-edition green umbrella! We hope to see you at our upcoming anniversary celebration on December 6th and look forward to working together in 2019 as we collectively envision and co-create the next phase in Green Umbrella's evolution.

Project Mullet Rain Garden Installation at Gamble Montessori

The Watershed Action Team installed its first rain garden at Gamble Montessori High School as part of its Project Mullet initiative. The garden - installed by a team of students, volunteers and members of the Mill Creek Alliance Green Team - is the second phase of the project which included a rain barrel installation and low-mow test plot earlier this school yearProject Mullet is a stormwater management initiative that encourages local institutions to allow grass to grow long in less visible areas, plant native prairie plants or trees and install rain gardens. Thanks to an environmental grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, the project will expand into additional schools in 2019.  

Green Umbrella and Avondale Development Corporation Team Up on Avondale Night Walk 

The Avondale Development Corporation hosted the second annual Night Walk in partnership with Green Umbrella on Saturday, November 10. Nearly 50 Avondale residents, donning glow lights of all kinds, braved the cold for the event which included a sneak peak at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights. Residents walked along the newly unveiled Go Vibrant route between Fleischmann Garden and the zoo. Aimed at building community-police relations, the Night Walk is a fun way for residents of all ages to be physically active in their neighborhood. Green Umbrella sponsored the event as part of an ongoing outdoor recreation series in Avondale, made possible by a grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Green Umbrella Meets with International Sustainability Leaders 

This month, Green Umbrella welcomed a delegation of 15 professionals from across Central and South
America and the Caribbean to share knowledge about creating multi-sector regional sustainability initiatives employing the collective impact model. Facilitated by the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, the meeting was part of the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program, the International Visitor Leadership Program.

Action Teams

Action Teams bring together people and organizations who share common goals around environmental issue areas. Teams implement strategies to drive progress on our 2020 GoalsGreen Umbrella also has three Initiatives: Tri-State Trails, the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, and the Cincinnati 2030 District.

Waste Reduction Action Team

Did you know our food waste increases by a third over the holidays? Green Umbrella's Waste Reduction Action Team has some tips to help to make sure your celebrations do not contribute to our region's wasted food.

1. Store your ingredients well. Use this chart to know how, where, and how long to store your leftovers.

2. Make a plan for leftovers. Check out some leftover recipes here.

3. Track your food waste. Take the I Value Food challenge and minimize your food waste.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

November 27 @ 2:00 pm Greenspace

December 6 Cancelled: Outdoor 

December 6 Cancelled: Local Food

December 7 @ 9:00 am Watershed

December 12 @ 8:30 am Energy

December 18 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

December 20 @ 1:30 pm Transportation 

December 21 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction 

Sustainability in the Headlines

Leading Cincinnati's Sustainability Efforts, Soapbox Cincinnati

Oxford to Pilot Food Waste Composting Program, Journal-News

Money Secured for the Next Phase of Wasson Way, Cincinnati Business Courier

"Super Green" Milford Building Aims to be a Model For Others, WVXU

Plan to Move Clifton Cultural Arts Center to Burnet Woods Draws Divided Opinions, Cincinnati Enquirer

Innovating with Food: ESSEN Kitchen Comes to Cincy, CincyInno

World Food Day Brings Global Recognition to the Good Food Purchasing Program in Rome, Center for Good Food Purchasing

Procter & Gamble Reaches 85% Zero Manufacturing Waste to Landfill, Environmental Leader

Connect with our Members!                  View our full events calendar.

Friday, November 23:

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

4th Annual Plaid Friday Hike, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Imago

Full Moon Walk, 7:30-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Saturday, November 24:

November Oxbow Walk, 8:00 am, National Audubon Society

Astroimagining, 4:00-5:00 pm, Cincinnati Astronomical Society

Sunday, November 25: Open House, 1:00-4:00 pm, RAPTOR, Inc.

Tuesday, November 27: Flat Tire Repair Workshop, 6:30 pm, REI

Wednesday, November 28:

Selling High Performance Homes, 9:00 am-noon, Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors

Nature's Beauty in Art, 10:30-11:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Thursday, November 29: Animal Tales, 11:00 am-noon, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Friday, November 30: Nature in the City Series: Lois Arkin, 7:30 pm, Common Roots Pub

Saturday, December 1: Winter Orienteering, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Metro Parks of Butler County

Sunday, December 2: 

Wildflower Stroll, 9:30-10:00 am, Cincinnati Nature Center

Community Nature Days, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Imago

December 6:

20th Anniversary Celebration, 4:00-7:00 pm, Green Umbrella

Plant Exploration, 6:00-8:00 pm, Friends of Boone County Arboretum

Professional Opportunities 

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is offering an Organics Diversion Grant designed to assist implementation of innovative organics waste reduction and recycling programs. An informational meeting will be held on December 12, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at the Hamilton County Health Department. Please RSVP to Cher Mohring or call 513-946-7737 to reserve your spot. Applications are due on or before February 1, 2019 at noon.

Xavier University's Sustainability Leadership Center will be offering Sustainability Certificate one credit courses. The first course, Technical Concepts in Sustainability takes place January 16 - February 13. Instructor Len Sauers will teach participants the scientific and technological concepts of sustainability. Learn more about additional courses offered and register at XLC's Sustainability site. GU members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

The Noble Research Institute is accepting applications for its 2019 Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture program, which provides students with the opportunity to work alongside agricultural professionals. Applications are being accepted now through February 6, 2019. More information and instructions to apply can be found here. 

Work and Volunteer with our Members

District Manager - Kenton County Conservation District

Executive Director - The Boone Conservancy

Market Manager - Montgomery Farmers Market

Green Corps Manager - Mill Creek Alliance

Visitor Services Technician - MetroParks of Butler County

Corporate Affairs Sustainability Manager - Kroger

Supervisor of Urban Forestry - Cincinnati Parks

HCSWCD Student Intern - Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

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