Your "green umbrella" - those things you do to help protect our environment - is vital to sustaining our community. Green Umbrella is an online community to help you learn about ways to expand your umbrella and track your green activities. You will be able to see your impact on your community and learn how to compare it to your family and friends. You will also discover how much money you are saving along the way.
The Alliance for Leadership and Interconnection forged Cincinnati Public School's Green Schools movement and all CPS schools in phases 3 and 4 will be built LEED certified. Dater Montessori School received an Excellent rating on the Ohio Report Card and has gained another milestone: recognition as Ohio's first public school renovation to achieve LEED Gold certification. The public is invited to Dater for a brief program, "Green School Building Community Education", on Thursday, April 26th, 4:30 pm.
Dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places, Sharon Negri founded the Mountain Lion Foundation in 1986 and served as it's director until 1990. Today she directs WildFurtures, a non-profit organization that works to bridge the gap between science and conservation and promotes an understanding of large carnivores through education and community involvement.
Angel's Rest Animal Sanctuary's goal is to end animal suffering and needless euthanasia of shelter animals by providing a "retirement home" for animals that are deemed unadoptable by other agencies or have no place to go. These animals are in imminent danger of being euthanized because they are critically ill, old, disabled, have suffered trauma or have special needs. In honor of the Great American Cleanup, the sanctuary is in need of volunteers to help spruce up the area, be it kitty litter or tree limbs.
Cleaning products like soaps and detergents keep our clothes, dishes and floors looking their best but some of the chemicals found in these products may impact water quality in our streams and rivers. Many soaps and detergents uses phosphates as cleansers. Detergents are soaps made from synthetic materials and have a long history of being loaded with phosphates which help boost their cleaning power. However phosphates my mave harmful effects on rivers, lakes, streams and other sources of fresh water.
Earth Day is designated to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was first observed on March 21st, 1970 and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Many communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22nd as International Mother Earth Day. This year more than one billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day 2012 and help mobilize the earth.
Every year, US businesses and citizens lose billions of dollars to corporate fraud and espionage. Most companies spend millions of dollars protecting confidential information. However, when no longer useful, that same information ends up in a dumpster or a recycling bin where it is legally available to anyone. Shredding paper documents is one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent fraud and identity theft.
Every year, Americans generate 250 million tons of trash - enough to fill a line of garbage trucks that would stretch from the Earth halfway to the moon. Studies have shown that at least 75% of our waste could be recycled or composted. On April 2nd, thousands of students in schools across the country will aim to "recycle right" for four weeks during the 2012 Green Cup Recycle Challenge, a student-driven recycling competition for grades K-12 sponsored by the Green Schools Alliance.
If you're thinking of improving the appearance of your pond or adding a pond to your landscape, the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District will be offering a free pond clinic for county citizens. Topics will include pond maintenance, safety, regulations, stocking, aeration, weed control, hazardous algae, construction, nuisance wildlife, and storm water retention ponds. These ponds you see in many newer subdivisions not only provide a scenic addition to the community landscape, they are also beneficial to the environment.
Many yards are sprouting daffodils this time of year but none have such a legacy as those at Cincinnati Nature Center. The blooms that spread across CNC's acres of land were originally planted over a hundred years ago by Carl Krippendorf. The daffodil was Carl's favorite flower and it thrived in Cincinnati's soil and climate. Today, thanks to Carl's hard work and love of flowers, daffodils greet Cincinnati Nature Center's visitors at the entrance and spread all the way out to the forests.