Top 5 Local Groups Working to Protect the Environment

These organizations work year-round to ensure Cincinnati stays clean and beautiful.

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Earth Day typically ignites conversations regarding environmental issues and how individuals can take action. Often times, though, those conversations die shortly after the holiday passes. Fortunately, there are local groups that regularly organize events to promote the region’s conservation and sustainability efforts. These five organizations work year-round to ensure Cincinnati stays clean and beautiful.

1. With an ambitious vision for Cincinnati to be recognized as one of the top 10 most sustainable metro areas in the nation by 2020, Green Umbrella is pushing to dramatically change the way Cincinnati’s residents and businesses think about conservation of natural resources. The organization’s initiatives include Tri-State Trails, Cincinnati 2030 District, and the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council.

2. Bringing together nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, and individuals, the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition promotes the region’s “beauty and environmental quality.” The group will host its annual Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration at Summit Park in Blue Ash this Saturday, April 27, featuring a theme of Find Your Yard aimed at teaching guests how to garden and compost in their own homes.

3. The Cincinnati affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, has established a massive presence in the community by visiting local schools, hosting neighborhood events, and leading cleanup efforts in neighborhoods affected by illegal dumping, graffiti, and litter. The organization also runs the Greenspace program, which transforms vacant urban spaces into small green paradises.

4. The Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati Environmental Action Group works toward environmental justice to improve everyone’s quality of life. In recent years the organization has partnered with Cincinnati Public Schools to advocate for LEED-certified schools, promoted against frack-waste injection wells, and organized a town hall discussion on the city’s sewer system. The group also shows films and hosts guest speakers to raise awareness about environmental issues.

5. The Center for Conservation engages in activities that preserve and restore the region’s natural habitats and unite people and wildlife. A branch of the Cincinnati Nature Center, the organization focuses on monitoring and preserving the center and its 1,650-acre wildlife preserve. The group’s research informs its initiatives and educational outreach in ecology, conservation, and land management.

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