Cover Story: Get Green in Greater Cincinnati

The Green Guide

Apr 16, 2008 at 2:06 pm
Joe Lamb

Valerie Taylor runs the Cincinnati Locavore blog, which promotes locally grown food as a way to save energy and to support area farmers.


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, 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,

· 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 paint, pesticides, petroleum products, cleaners, batteries, drugs, fire extinguishers, mercury, fluorescent bulbs, antifreeze and more. Free. 2-6 p.m.

Tuesday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Environmental Enterprises, Inc. 4650 Spring Grove Ave., Winton Place.

Paper Recycling
Recycling Express takes large quantities of paper and cardboard. 1050 Laidlaw Ave., Bond Hill, 513-641-5050.

Technology Recycling
Hamilton County residents can drop off computers and electronics for free at Technology Recycling Group. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 5139 Kieley Place, St. Bernard, 513-946-7734.

Green Media and Community

Cincinnati Locavore
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.

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 or hear them in short segments at 9:55 a.m. Monday-Friday on WHSS (89.5 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.

Live Green Cincinnati
This inspiring blog includes links and original content on sustainable living in Cincinnati.

Renewal: Body/Mind/Spirit
CityBeat's Renewal blog often presents information on local and national sustainability issues.

Green Building and Energy

Building Value
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. 2901 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills, 513-475-6783.

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,

Hamilton County Planning: Committee on Green Building
Works toward balancing the needs of local developers with sustainable building practices. 513-946-4456,

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. 513-388-0020,

Sustainable Food

NOTE: The retail outlets listed here are just a handful of the local farms and vendors that offer organic vegetables and humanely raised meat.

Chuckroast Coffee
Locally ground fair trade coffee.

Cincinnati Farmers Market Directory
Features an online list with maps and details of two dozen local markets.

Clifton Natural Foods
Natural foods, herbal supplements, vitamins and much more. 169 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-961-6111.

EarthSave Cincinnati
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,

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,

Findlay Market
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,

La Leche League
Offers support and counseling for breast-feeding, the natural, no-waste alternative to expensive formula. 513-357-MILK,

Marvins Organic Gardens
This local, USDA certified organic garden offers a full-service nursery. 2055 U.S. Route 42 South, Lebanon, 513-932-3319.

Northern Kentucky Farmers Market
Offers locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and more. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays, May 24-Oct. 4. Sixth Street Promenade, behind the Goose Girl fountain, Mainstrasse Village, 859-292-2163.

Green Spaces

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,

Cincinnati Parks District
Cincinnati parks included more than 5,000 acres and 100 scenic parks around the city. 513-352-4080,

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, Walnut Hills, 513-221-0981,

Hamilton County Parks District
Hamilton County parks have a vibrant array of green spaces all over the city. Boating, ciycling, hiking and more. A valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks ($2 daily, $5 annual). 513-521-7275,

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.

Green Transit

Bike Newport
Advocating a bicycle-friendly urban experience. bicycle/index.php?title=Main_Page.

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. Arnold's Bar and Grill, 210 E. Eighth St. Over-the-Rhine. 513-352-5305.

Bikewise Oxford Center
A shop for cycling enthusiasts and activists. 9 N. Beech St., Oxford, 513-523-4880.

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.

Fast Wheels
Catering to urban families, Fast Wheels is a friendly sales and service cyclery center. 4217 Smith Road, Norwood, 513-841-2453.

Gargoyle Board and Bike
Bikes, skateboards and almost any people-powered wheels are available at Gargoyle. 25 Village Square, Glendale, 513-825-3333.

Metro Bus
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. Free WiFi is an emerging feature of Metro routes. 513-621-4455,

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.

MoBo Bicycle Co-op
Offers low-cost mechanical training, parts and community for bicycle enthusiasts. Open Mondays and Wednesdays 6-9 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. at 1415 Knowlton Ave., Northside, 513-541-4025,

Montgomery Cyclery
Sells a huge selection of bikes, including electrics. Various locations,

Queen City Bike
News and events for the two-wheeled community.

Queen City Bike + Dine
Organizes bike trips to local restaurants. Yum! queencitybikedine.

Reser Bicycle
OutfittersNorthern Kentucky's shop for road and mountain bikes. 735 Monmouth St., Newport, 859-261-6187,

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky provides transit South of the river including to CVG airport. Bike racks on all busses.

Team Cycling and Fitness
Bike sales and service. Focused on quick turnaround time for repairs and a large selection of bikes. 7765 Colerain Ave., Mount Healthy, 513-522-1551,

Green Community and Lifestyle

Animal Rights Community of Greater Cincinnati
Strives to educate the public on the exploitation and abuse of animals in fur, food, entertainment and research. Meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. Clifton Recreation Center, 320 McAlpin Dr., Clifton, 513-542-3808.

Buy Cincy
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.

Cincinnati Earth Institute
CEI is a program of Imago (see elsewhere in this section) that offers education courses on simple and sustainable lifestyles. 700 Enright Ave., Price Hill, 513-921-8455,

Dandelion Health Collective
A cooperative group that helps members learn to care for their bodies and take control of their own health. DIY workshops on anatomy, herbal healing and more.

Flying Food
This bicycle delivery service connects folks in Northside and Camp Washington with food from Northside restaurants. 513-591-FOOD.

Flying Pig Courier
A bicycle delivery service serving Central Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. 513-378-7557,

Good Natured Baby
This door-to-door pickup and delivery cloth diaper service serves Cincinnati and Dayton. 513-348-2727,

Imago for the Earth
This environmental organization works to educate locals and reshape the urban community of Upper Price Hill. The Enright Eco-Village ( is part of Imago's 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.

Park + Vine
Cincinnati's green general store offers environmentally friendly clothes, paint, housewares, furniture and more. 1109 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-7275.

Trail Yeah!
Works toward a walkable, bikeable Cincinnati. Believes driving should be a choice, not a requirement.

Environmental Preservation

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,

Friends of the Great Miami
Works to restore and enhance the Great Miami River watershed.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
Dedicated to cleaning up Cincinnati and making the city a more livable place through public-private partnerships.

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.

The Sierra Club
A national conservation organization encouraging protection of the environment. Weekly activities include hiking, backpacking, biking and canoeing/ kayaking. Meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash, 513-841-0111,