Hamilton County Recycles
The Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services offers news and information on local recycling programs. If you have waste materials and you’re not sure where to take them, this should be your first stop. 513-946-7734, www.hcdoes.org/sw/swhome.htm
Northern Kentucky Recycling Centers
• River Metals Recycling buys any type of metal. 1220 Licking Pike, Newport, 859-291-5509.
• Campbell County Solid Waste Department recycles oil, antifreeze, computer equipment and a variety of other hazardous materials at various drop-off locations. 859-547-1815, www.campbellcounty.ky.gov/countyservices/solidwaste.
• Kenton County residents can pay a nominal fee to drop off hazardous liquid waste including paint and oil to Environmental Enterprises, 4600 Spring Grove Ave., Winton Place, 513-541-1823.
Hazardous Waste Collection
Hamilton County residents can dispose of hazardous waste including non-latex paint, pesticides, petroleum products, cleaners, batteries, drugs, fire extinguishers, mercury, fluorescent bulbs, antifreeze and more. They do not except latex paint. Free. 2-6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Clean Harbors, 4879 Spring Grove Ave., Winton Place.
• Recycling Express takes large quantities of paper and cardboard. 1050 Laidlaw Ave., Bond Hill, 513-641-5050.
• Recycling Group takes cardboard. 630 Shepherd Dr., Lincoln Heights, 513-769-9609.
• Buy Products pays by the pound for scrap metal. 200 W. North Bend Road, Carthage, 513-232-CASH.
• King Recycling pays by the pound for scrap metal. 5038 Beech St., Norwood, 513-731-7222.
Area residents can drop off computers and electronics as part of Players for the Planet on Thursday, April 22 and April 24. The location for the April 22 event is the Western Hills Kroger on Glenway Avenue, and the April 24 event will be held at the Hyde Park Kroger on Paxton Avenue. A contribution of $5 per car is suggested. Cincinnati Reds player Chris Dickerson and other players will be on hand to collect items, sign autographs and provide information about green living.
Green Media and Community
The Locavore blog helps you eat locally grown food year-round. Frequently updated, you’ll find posts on community supported agriculture, foraged foods, family farms and a comprehensive list of links to local food outlets. They operate a Yahoo group for dialogue with interested folks, too. cincinnatilocavore.blogspot.com.
Going Green Radio Podcast
Green Energy Ohio (listed under green buildings and energy) offers the lively Going Green podcast every two weeks. It’s a show about Ohioans who are working toward sustainable, low-impact lives. It’s funded in part by the Ohio EPA. Listen to the entire shows at www.greenenergyohio.org/goinggreen/page.cfm or hear them in short segments at 9:50 a.m. Monday-Friday on WHSS (89.FM).
Green Drinks Cincinnati
If you’re interested in discussing environmental justice over a beer, this green-collar YP powwow is the place for you. Meets monthly. greendrinkscincy.blogspot.com.
Green Building and Energy
Apex Energy Solutions
Sells high efficiency replacement windows. 8366 Princeton Glendale Road, West Chester, 513-874-0400, www.apexenergysolutions.com.
Remodelers donate used or leftover building materials to Building Value, which resells these materials to the public. Prices are often a third the cost of new. Plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, architectural materials and much more. Now in a new location. 4040 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 513-475-6783.
Showcasing green homes at this year’s event. $7. 4-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday June 3-13. Rockford Woods, off Hamilton Avenue in Northside.
ECO Building Supply
Markets sustainable building materials including cork, leather, bamboo and more. 4025 Red Bank Road, Hyde Park, 513-271-3268, www.ecobuildingcincinnati.com.
Green City Ecostruction
Activist Brian Garry’s green contracting company, practicing sustainable, fair trade building and repairs. 513-221-5878.
Green Energy Ohio
GEO should be your first stop for information and assistance in getting off of the grid. Meetings, financial assistance and more on alternative energy, including solar, hydroelectric, biomass and wind. 513-293-3241, www.GreenEnergyOhio.org.
Sells green building materials and architectural components. 3528 Columbia Pkwy., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-0567, www.greenerstock.com.
Hamilton County Planning: Committee on Green Building
Works toward balancing the needs of local developers with sustainable building practices. 513-946-4456, www.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/hcrpc/partner/land/greenBuilding.asp
A green technology resource center showcasing LEED certified building improvements and practices at a historic 19th Century building. 19 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 866-8GO-GREEN, www.greensourcecincinnati.com.
The Painting People
No- and low-volatile organic compound painting. Carpentry and furniture construction using recycled materials. 513-262-2069, email@example.com.
Third Sun Solar & Wind Power
Sells and installs solar panels and wind turbines. 740-597-3111, www.third-sun.com.
U.S. Green Building Council Cincinnati Chapter
The GBC promotes building with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and connects builders and developers interested in sustainable practices. 513-403-0301, chapters.usgbc.org/Cincinnati.
NOTE: The retail outlets listed here are just a handful of the local farms and vendors that offer products such as organic vegetables and humanely raised meat.
Alpine Valley Water Company
Sells and delivers water in returnable 3- and 5-gallon bottles. 513-595-5419,
Campbell County Farmers Market
3-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Senior Citizens Activity Center, 3504 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights; 3-6 p.m. Fridays Southern Lane Sports Center, 7634 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria; 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 709 Monmouth St., Newport. 859-572-2600.
Cincinnati Farmers Market Directory
Features an online list with maps and details of two dozen local markets. www.cincinnatifarmersmarkets.org.
Clifton Natural Foods
Natural foods, herbal supplements, vitamins and much more. 169 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-961-6111.
Promotes plant-based foods, sharing concerns about our environment, compassionate treatment of animals and better health. Features vegetarian potlucks and panel discussions on vegan living as a method for conservation. 513-929-2500, www.cincinnati.earthsave.org.
Earth-Shares at Grailville
This community-supported agriculture program offers season garden subscriptions as well as community gardens.
Also purchase certified organic seasonal vegetables at their on-site stand. May through October. Call for availability. 932 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, 513-683-2340, www.grailville.org.
Farm Fresh Delivery
Home delivery of organic produce and natural grocery items. Serves the entire Greater Cincinnati area. 877-827-FARM, www.farmfreshdelivery.com.
This bustling inner-city marketplace offers deals on produce, meats, organic food and much more. Open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-665-4839, www.findlaymarket.org.
Garden Grove Organics
Gardening store specializing in organic edible plants and hydroponics. 29 E. Seventh St., Covington, 859-360-1843, www.gardengroveorganics.com.
Green Dog Cafe
Purveyors of local, fresh, organic and sustainable meals. 3543 Columbia Pkwy., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-8777, www.greendogcafe.net.
La Terza Coffee
Locally ground fair trade coffee (formerly Chuckroast Coffee). www.laterzacoffee.com.
The Loving Cafe
Vegan dining for a healthier body and planet. 6227 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-731-2233, www.thelovingcafe.com.
Lucky John Slow Market
Organic food and more. 2550 Woodburn Ave., Walnut Hills, 513-979-4829, www.luckyjohnmarket.com.
Martin Hill Farms
Markets produce 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Northside Farmers Market and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at the Mt. Washington Market. All food is produced without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Also operates a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. www.growmaster.com.
Marvin’s Organic Gardens
This local, USDA certified organic garden offers a full-service nursery. 205 U.S. Route 42 South, Lebanon, 513-932-3319.
One of the city’s greenest restaurants, maintaining composting, recycling and other low-impact restaurant practices. Sells fresh, organic and vegan fare. 4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-681-6358, www.meltcincy.com.
Sells and delivers local and organic fruits and vegetables. 513-232-FOOD or
Northern Kentucky Farmers Market
Offers locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays May 8-Oct. 30. Sixth Street Promenade behind the Goose Girl fountain, Covington MainStrasse, 859-292-2163.
Fair trade, organic, and shade grown (using forest friendly permaculture instead of clear cutting) coffee served. 1518 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills, 859-261-4939, www.realitytuesday.com.
Relish Restaurant Group
Purveyors of fine, fresh, local food at some of the city’s favorite restaurants including Chalk, JeanRo Bistro, Greenup Café, Lavomatic and Local 127. www.relishrestaurantgroup.com.
Sells organic, hydroponic and other innovative gardening supplies. 1360 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger, 859-525-9676, www.wormsway.com.
Cincinnati Nature Center
Dedicated to green space preservation and education, the Center features 18 miles of hiking trails. 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, 513-831-1711, www.cincynature.org.
Cincinnati parks included more than 5,000 acres and 100 scenic parks around the city. 513-352-4080, www.cincinnati-oh.gov/parks.
Civic Garden Center
Works to promote environmental stewardship and the greening of urban Cincinnati. The center itself is a landscaped oasis from the pressures of city life. It also supports nearly 50 urban gardens around the city. 2715 Reading Road, Avondale, 513-221-0981, www.civicgardencenter.org.
Hamilton County Parks
Hamilton County parks have a vibrant array of green spaces all over the city. Boating, cycling, hiking and more. A valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks ($2 daily, $5 annual). 513-521-7275, www.greatparks.org/index.htm.
This educational farm introduces children and adults to the joys of agriculture. Gibson Lane, Wilder, 859-781-5502.
Northern Kentucky Parks
• Devou Park boasts fantastic scenic views of downtown Cincinnati and features a golf course, the Behringer-Crawford Museum and a nature trail. Up Sleepy Hollow Road off Dixie Highway, Covington, 859-292-2151.
• Tower Park is a Fort Thomas gem with hiking and biking trails and 86 acres of sports and recreation areas. 950 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, 859-441-4226.
• Big Bone Lick State Park offers camping, scenic, winding trails, a history museum and more. 3380 Beaver Road, Union, 859-384-3522.
AMP Electric Vehicles
Sells 100-percent electric vehicles including convertibles and an electric 2010 Chevy Equinox. 4540 Alpine Ave., Blue Ash, 513-360-4704.
The Cincinnati Bicycle/ Pedestrian Advisory Committee is dedicated to making our city a friendlier place to bike and walk. They focus on such topics as bike racks on buses, bike lanes and bike and hike trails. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. 513-352-5305.
Cincinnati Cycle Club
Since the 19th century, the CCC has promoted bicycle recreation, health and safety and helped riders develop friendships. It’s a great way to find out about local rides, races and tours or even find a used bike on the cheap. www.cincinnaticycleclub.org.
Catering to urban families, Fast Wheels is a friendly sales and service cyclery center. 3850 Montgomery Road, Norwood, 513-841-2453.
Cincinnati’s mass transit network offers routes within a mile of most people’s homes and bike racks on all their buses to extend your riding range. 513-621-4455, www.sorta.com.
The Miami Trail
Also known as the Loveland Trail, it’s a 70-mile segment of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail, which stretches from the Ohio River in Cincinnati all the way to the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland. The Loveland segment is closed to motorized traffic and composed of flat, paved-over train tracks. www.lovelandbiketrail.com.
MoBo Bicycle Co-op
Offers low-cost mechanical training, parts and community for bicycle enthusiasts. Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6-9 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. at 141 Knowlton Ave., Northside, www.mobobicyclecoop.org.
Sells a huge selection of bikes, including electrics. Various locations, www.montgomerycyclery.com.
Moto Verde Scooters
Purveyors of a wide selection of new scooters and some classic mopeds. 6010 Wooster Pike, Fairfax, 513-561-MOTO, www.motoverdeonline.com.
Queen City Bike
News and events for the two-wheeled community. queencitybike.blogspot.com.
Queen City Bike and Dine
Organizes bike trips to local restaurants. Yum! myspace.com/queencitybikedine.
Reser Bicycle Outfitters
Northern Kentucky’s shop for road and mountain bikes. 73 Monmouth St., Newport, 859-261-6187, www.reserbicycle.com.
Offers a variety of Segways and electric bicycles. Central Parkway and Vine Street, Over-the-Rhine, 513-225-1583.
The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky provides transit South of the river including to CVG airport. Bike racks on all busses. www.tankbus.org.
Team Cycling and Fitness
Bike sales and service. Focused on quick turnaround time for repairs and a large selection of bikes. 776 Colerain Ave., Mount Healthy, 513-522-1551, www.teamcyclingandfitness.com.
Trek Bicycle Store of Cincinnati
Offers a wide range of Trek bikes. 7594 Voice of America Dr., West Chester; 9695 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, 513-755-3773, www.trekstorecincinnati.com.
Green Community and Lifestyle
Atomic Number 10
Vintage clothes, housewares and accessories. 1306 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-226-0252.
Rents camping equipment and provides setup as needed. 1429 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, 513-761-5555, www.backyardcampngear.com.
Bella on the Avenue
Offers second-hand clothes and accessories on consignment. 318 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, 859-431-2978.
Benson Cleaning Service
House and business cleaning using green products that are safe for kids and pets. 513-354-2338 or www.bensoncleaning.com.
Promotes shopping with local small businesses. While not specifically green, the blog helps consumers shorten the chain between themselves and the goods they buy, which allows them to hold vendors responsible for their environmental practices. www.buycincy.com.
Chicken Lays an Egg
Sells vintage clothes, housewares and accessories. 1608 Chase Ave., Northside, 513-834-9268.
Cincinnati Earth Institute
This program of Imago (see elsewhere in this section) offers education courses on simple and sustainable lifestyles. 700 Enright Ave., Price Hill, 513-921-8455, www.cinciearth.org.
Civic Garden Center
This non-profit garden offers education, outreach and networking for greener lives. 2715 Reading Road, Avondale, 513-221-0981, www.civicgardencenter.org.
Flying Pig Courier
A bicycle delivery service serving Central Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. 513-378-7557 or www.flyingpigcourier.com.
Good Natured Baby
This door-to-door pickup and delivery cloth diaper service serves Cincinnati and Dayton. 513-348-2727 or www.goodnaturedbaby.net.
The Green Courier
Offers green delivery services using hybrid vehicles, low-impact office practices and more. 513-600-8480, www.greencouriercincy.com.
Local, eco-friendly apparel and accessories. www.halominer.com.
Imago for the Earth
This environmental organization works to educate locals and reshape the urban community of Upper Price Hill. The Enright Eco-Village (www.enrightridgeecovillage.org) is part of Imago’ campus and offers affordable, environmentally friendly housing, a food co-op, community meals and more. Their 16-acre nature preserve is open daily. Free. 700 Enright Ave., Price Hill, 513-921-5124.
Jami & Libby at Comey and Shepard Realtors
Jami Stutzman and Libby Hunter market local real estate with a special interest in sustainable living. 513-515-0689, firstname.lastname@example.org; 513-260-9632, email@example.com.
Sells fine second hand clothing, art and furnishings. 4577 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-4577.
One of the nation’s largest on-water canoe and kayak festivals, Paddlefest celebrates our local waterways. Registration fees. June 24-26. www.ohioriverway.org/Paddlefest.
Park and Vine
Cincinnati’s green general store offers environmentally friendly clothes, paint, housewares, furniture and more. 1109 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-7275.
Price Hill Will
Advocates for urban renewal and sustainable communities in Price Hill. 3724 Saint Lawrence Ave., Price Hill, 513-251-3800, www.pricehillwill.org.
Markets affordable, energy efficient homes. 513-248-4428, www.potterhillhomes.com.
Dog boarding, daycare and grooming using only green products. 817 Hetz Dr., Montgomery, 513-489-2275
Offers alternative RSVP services. Guests reply via phone or online to weddings, parties and graduations to conserve paper and postage. 859-572-0060 or www.rsvpservices.com.
Southwest Ohio Greens PAC
Local branch of the Green Party. 1417 Bercliff Ave., Northside, 513-541-6978, www.swohgp.org.
Spin Again Music
Buys and sells gently used CDs and more. 8217 Arbor Sq., Mason, 513-262-2370.
This online store offers a variety of environmentally conscious gifts, personal care items and housewares. 513-304-0234, www.tavaenergy.com.
Sells fine second-hand merchandise. 4028 Forest Ave., Norwood, 513-631-1246.
Whispering Beards Festival
Celebrates beards, folk music and the great outdoors. August 27-29, Morning View. www.whisperingbeard.com.
Worldwide Graphics & Sign Company
Produces green and biodegradable signage. 513-241-2726, www.WorldwideGraphic.com
Cincinnati Health Department
Works toward a healthier Cincinnati and offers assistance in identifying and removing toxins from homes and neighborhoods. 3101 Burnet Ave., Walnut Hills, 513-357-7300
Environmental Community Organization
ECO’s mission is to hold industry accountable for community concerns about corporate pollution. 513-761-6140, www.envcomm.org.
Friends of the Great Miami
Works to restore and enhance the Great Miami River watershed. www.fogm.org.
Hamilton County Soil and Water
Manages the conservation of natural resources within Hamilton County. Holds public meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m. and offers services such as soil fertility tests. 22 Triangle Park Dr., Sharonville, 513-772-7645, www.hcswcd.org.
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
Dedicated to cleaning up Cincinnati and making the city a more livable place through public-private partnerships. www.keepcincinnatibeautiful.org.
Local, native plant nursery. Sells plants for habitat restoration, rain gardens and more. 513-961-2727 or www.keystoneflora.com.
Ohio Citizen Action
A network of citizens and organizations working with industries to protect families, the environment and the quality of life. 2330 Victory Pkwy., Walnut Hills, 513-221-2100.
Sierra Club Miami Group
The Miami Valley chapter of the environmental awareness, preservation and recreation organization.
515 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, 513-861-4001, ohio.sierraclub.org/miami