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Celebrating Earth Day with a Party for the Planet!

Happy Earth Day! While we encourage our community to be earth-friendly all year round, we’ll take the opportunity to really drive the message home during our 7th annual “Party for the Planet” next Thursday, April 28 from 4-8:30pm. It’s a celebration of the Earth, and a festival for all things “green” in Cincinnati. Businesses and organizations from around the region will be on hand at the Greenest Zoo in America to share their expertise and resources about living more sustainability within our communities. Topics include solar energy, composting, recycling, energy efficiency, green building, rain gardens/barrels, sustainable food, green products, beekeeping, and many more.

Excited to learn how to help our planet! (Photo: Fia Cifuentes)

Excited to learn how to help our planet! (Photo: Fia Cifuentes)

In addition to learning ways to go green, also visit the Go Green Garden for the 4th Annual Rain Barrel Painting Event, hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo, Save Local Waters and the Regional Stormwater Collaborative. Rain barrels are an easy and inexpensive way to conserve water and save money, and for homeowners to take one small action that collectively will have a major impact on our local environment. Local artists have done their part to motivate area homeowners to save rainwater in dazzling beautiful rain barrels. The typical dull green or drab rain barrel has been revamped into a creative and colorful accent piece that will make any homeowner proud to use in their landscaping. Participate in the People’s Choice Award and vote for your favorite painted rain barrel online.

Check out some of the beautifully painted rain barrels that will be up for auction.

Check out some of the beautifully painted rain barrels that will be up for auction.

Guests will be able to bid on their favorite barrels for purchase during a silent auction from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Bids start at $90, increasing by $10. This year, we are also offering a “buy it now” price of $450. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. All proceeds benefit Save Local Waters and the Cincinnati Zoo for environmental education and sustainability projects.

Party for the Planet takes place during Tunes & Blooms, a weekly concert Thursdays in April, featuring local musicians. It is a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful tulips and other spring flowers the Zoo has planted, listen to some great, local music, learn about ways to go green, and enjoy the spring evening with your family and friends. And, enjoy Zoo Blooms all around.

The Party is free with Zoo admission. Admission to the Zoo is FREE after 5pm and parking is $10.

Even the peacocks love the blooms! (Photo: Deb Simon)

Even the peacocks love the blooms! (Photo: Deb Simon)

April 22, 2016   No Comments

Recycle Electronics, Expired Medications and Other Difficult Items at the Uptown Recycling Day!

earth in hands

Celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. Join us this Saturday, April 23rd for the first Uptown Cincinnati Recycling Day! Uptown businesses and organizations have joined together to help make recycling an easier task for those hard-to-recycle items. From 10am until 2pm, we will provide an environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted belongings that would take up valuable habitat space in the landfill and could cause pollution in our environment. Located on the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Reading Road (enter off of Harvey Avenue), the following event partners will also be on site to support your recycling needs:

  • Cleanlites Recycling will collect electronics, accessories and other universal waste. The Cleanlites team will also take old batteries, but cannot accept tube-style TV’s and monitors.
  • All-Pro Shredding will take up to five boxes of confidential papers you may have laying around after tax season.
  • Hamilton County Heroin Task Force, in partnership with PreventionFIRST!, will properly dispose of any unused, unwanted or expired medication and pharmaceutical drugs.
  • St. Vincent de Paul will collect gently used, worn or torn clothing and linens.

“Uptown is our home, our workplace and where we go to have fun, so joining together to host a community recycling day benefits everyone. It reduces our negative impact on the natural environment, creates awareness and education and leads to a healthier community and healthier people,” says Katie Schneider, TriHealth’s sustainability consultant.

“Giving our residents, our employees, and our patrons easier opportunities to recycle, and make good decisions when it comes to the environment, is a great way to show Uptown our commitment to sustainable practices. As the Greenest Zoo in America, the Cincinnati Zoo is always looking for ways to inspire our community to go green too. Being serious about natural resource conservation and reduction means we are serious about wildlife conservation. Every little bit helps, every action makes an impact – including recycling. Now these items will be kept out of our waterways and out of the landfill, making our community and environment much healthier.” – Fia Cifuentes, Sustainable Communities Advocate at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Many thanks to the Uptown Partners organizing this event:

  • Uptown Consortium
  • Tri-Health
  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Children’s
  • UC Health
  • City of Cincinnati Environment & Sustainability

For additional information or questions, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

April 21, 2016   No Comments

Calling All Artists!

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Rain barrel on display in the Go Green Garden

Artists are needed to participate in the 4th Annual Rain Barrel Art Project, hosted by the Regional Stormwater Collaborative and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. This joint effort continues to educate the community about water conservation and pollution caused by storm water runoff. A great way to reduce that runoff is to harness rainwater in your very own rain barrel. Typically, rain barrels are a drab color, but with the beautiful talent and touch of artists, they come alive with scenes of nature, wildlife, Cincinnati, and many other designs, making them much more appealing to install on the side of your home. Utilizing a rain barrel could save a homeowner up to 1,000 gallons of water in just one summer.

Artists may submit their artwork ideas via SaveLocalWaters.org now through January 16, 2016. The top 50 entries accepted will be given rain barrels provided by the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati to bring their proposed artwork to life. The completed barrels will be displayed at our Go Green Garden Exhibit during the month of April 2016. We are thrilled to be hosting the rain barrel event once again. As the Greenest Zoo in America, we are always looking for ways to inspire our community to take action that can impact the environment in positive ways.


The grand finale to the event is the Rain Barrel Art Auction scheduled on April 21st, 2016. The painted rain barrels will be auctioned during our 7th Annual Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration. Proceeds from the auction will be split between the Cincinnati Zoo and the Regional Storm Water Collaborative to further more conservation education and awareness.

For more information regarding the Rain Barrel Art Project or SaveLocalWaters.org, contact John Nelson, Public Relations Specialist, at (513) 772-7645 or visit the website here.

January 4, 2016   2 Comments