This year’s Green Issue focuses on sustainability. With headlines consistently popping up detailing climate change, pollution and energy crises, we should all be "going green," but beyond that we should also be thinking about going sustainable — whether that's following the 10 simple “green” steps Green Umbrella suggests for your life and home, or taking it a bit further, like the residents of the Earnshaw Ecohouse, who want to be entirely sustainable by 2017.
Green Umbrella, the region’s environmental sustainability alliance, wants to unite as many businesses, nonprofits, local governments and universities as possible in a coordinated effort to help improve the quality of life and the environment in Greater Cincinnati.
House Farm’s Native Plant Specialist Abby Artemisia for her weekly
“Friday Frolic in the Forest” in LaBoiteaux Woods in Northside for a taste of a combination of culinary wonderland and Mother
Nature’s medicine cabinet.
Leave No Child Inside has initiated some extremely
successful projects during its seven years in existence. Its leaders
recently coordinated with Cincinnati Public Schools’ “5th Quarter”
system, which supports community organized summer learning.
The phrase “Reduce, reuse, recycle” is an
environmental mantra that has been drilled into us, but as much as managing
our output has a positive impact on waste production, natural resources
and our wallets, so does managing our input.
It all started with a simple grant
proposal by ecovillager Suellyn Shupe at Enright Ridge Urban Eco-Village
in Price Hill to the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT), a national
organization dedicated to improving the environment in cities and
Our big Green List of local recycling, green media, community, building supplies, energy, sustainable food, green spaces and transit, environmentally conscience communities and more. If you're looking to improve the world around you, this is a great place to start.
Cincinnatians just love to joke about
that old, clichéd quip often attributed to Mark Twain: “When the end of
the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because it’s always 20 years
behind the times.” The colloquialism is used to exemplify anything
considered remotely backward, from legislation to fashion to potholes.
Signs of life, though, are sprouting up around the city like a canary
dandelion through a crack in the cement.
Installing solar panels is one way a
household can help the environment while saving money in the long term.
In Cincinnati, one company offering the service is Solar Earth, a
start-up founded by Julie Jones and Jennifer Wolford that installs solar
panels on both businesses and homes.