The Big Green List

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 plac

Apr 18, 2012 at 9:06 am


Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District 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. 513-946-7766,

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 a variety of hazardous materials including oil, antifreeze, paint, computer equipment as well as old appliances, abandoned cars and more. Also directs the Campbell County Litter Abatement and Clean Up programs. 859-547-1802,

Paper Recycling

• Recycling Express takes large quantities of paper and cardboard. 7430 Industrial Road, Florence, 513-641-5050.

• Recycling Group takes large quantities of cardboard. Offers a variety of collection options for businesses including pick-up services. 630 Shepherd Drive, Lincoln Heights, 859-282-5200.

Metal Recycling

• Buy Products pays by the pound for scrap metal. Offers indoor drive-through and container services (including roll-off) for a variety of industries. 200 W. North Bend Road, Carthage, 513-232-CASH.

• King Recycling pays by the pound for scrap metal. Indoor drive-through as well as container/roll-off services available. 5038 Beech St., Norwood, 513-731-7222.


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.


A social website for sustainable living, offering blogs, news and discussion groups.

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


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. 4040 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 513-475-6783,

CitiRama 2012

Eleven years in the running, this year’s CitiRama will focus on expanding Northside’s urban subdivision, Virginia Place. It’s the urban version of Homearama. Expect a poster contest to showcase the work of local artists followed by a kick-off in the month of June. Sept. 8-16. at Virginia Place, located at the intersection of Virginia and Chase avenues in Northside. 

Energy One

Sells high efficiency replacement windows. 8366 Princeton Glendale Road, West Chester, 513-874-0400,

Green City Ecostruction

Activist Brian Garry’s green contracting company, practicing sustainable, fair trade building and repairs. Services include geothermal, solar, green rehab as well as green home-building. 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,

Greener Stock

Sells green building materials and architectural components for homes and businesses. Offers a range of services including architectural design, LEED/green consultation, salvaged materials sourcing and more. 3528 Columbia Pkwy., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-0567,

Hamilton County Planning: Committee on Green Building

Works toward balancing the needs of local developers with sustainable building practices. Educates and encourages developers and regulatory agencies to use LEED standards when building. Offers economic incentives not usually found in traditional development. 513-645-4550,

GreenSource Cincinnati

A resource center for green building, showcasing LEED-certified building improvements and practices at a historic 19th Century building. 19 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 866-846-4733,

The Painting People

Carpentry and furniture construction using recycled materials. No- and low-volatile organic compound painting. 513-262-2069,


Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity’s building reuse center sells and accepts used building materials. 4910 Para Drive, Bond Hill, 513-721-GIVE.

Solar Earth LLC

This small business provides affordable, state-of-the-art solar panels to residents and businesses in the Greater Cincinnati area. 513-374-2325, 

Third Sun Solar

Sells and installs solar panels. Also links customers to financial support for going solar, while managing most of the process. 740-597-3111,

U.S. Green Building Council Cincinnati Chapter

The GBC promotes building with LEED certification and connects builders and developers interested in sustainable practices. 513-403-0301,


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

Alpine Valley Water Company

Sells and delivers water in returnable 3- and 5-gallon bottles. Offers a variety of home and office options including coffee and tea service. Donates a portion of its profits back to the community. 513-672-3400,

Anderson Farmers Market

Offers vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, baked goods, lotions, soaps, dog treats, jams, eggs, etc. Open Saturdays June-October. Anderson Center Station, 7832 Five Mile Road, Anderson Twp., 513-688-8400,

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.

Coffee Emporium

A sustainable coffeehouse offering fair trade coffee and using biodegradable cups and containers. CE also composts its food waste and purchases meats, pastries and sundries from local businesses. Bicycle deliveries available. 3316 Erie Ave., Hyde Park; 110 E. Central Pkwy., Downtown; Xavier University Campus, Evanston,

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 its on-site stand, May-October. Grailville offers programs on the environment and sustainable living and houses an innovative wetland wastewater treatment system. Volunteer opportunities available. 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 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-665-4839,

Garden Grove Organics

Gardening store specializing in organic edible plants and hydroponics. Its goal is to provide high quality products and services and to offer reasonable prices. 29 E. Seventh St., Covington, 859-360-1843,

Green B.E.A.N. Delivery

Home delivery of organic produce and natural grocery items. Serves the entire Greater Cincinnati area. 513-761-BEAN,

Green Dog Cafe

Purveyors of local, fresh, organic and sustainable meals including local pastured poultry, organic sustainable fish, antibiotic-free pork and much more. Also visit its wine shop for take-home or dine-in. 3543 Columbia Pkwy., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-8777,

La Terza Coffee

Locally ground fair trade coffee. Purchase coffee online or try some at one of many local venues including Dojo Gelato at Findlay Market, Rohs Street Cafe, the BonBonerie and more.

Loving Hut

Vegan dining for a healthier body and planet. 6227 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-731-2233,

Martin Hill Farms

Markets produce at Northside, Madeira and Montgomery Farmers Markets, May-October. All food is produced without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Also operates a community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

Marvin’s Organic Gardens

This local, USDA-certified organic garden offers a full-service nursery. 205 U.S. Route 42 South, Lebanon, 513-932-3319,


One of the city’s greenest restaurants, maintaining composting, recycling and other low-impact restaurant practices. Sells fresh, organic and vegan fare. Catering and delivery options available. 4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-681-6358,

Northern Kentucky Farmers Market

Offers locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays May 7-Oct. 29 in Goebel Park at Covington’s MainStrasse Village. To learn more about the market and its members, call 859-292-2163.

Reality Tuesday

Serves fair trade, organic and shade-grown (using forest friendly permaculture instead of clear cutting) coffee. Great food and goodie menu in a unique atmosphere. 1518 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills, 859-261-4939,

Relish Restaurant Group

Purveyors of fine, fresh, local food at some of the city’s favorite restaurants including JeanRo Bistro, Lavomatic and Local 127.

Vegan Earth

Promotes plant-based foods, sharing concerns about our environment, compassionate treatment of animals and better health. Features monthly vegetarian potlucks and panel discussions on vegan living as a method for conservation. 513-929-2500,

Worm’s Way

Sells organic, hydroponic and other innovative gardening supplies. 1360 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger, 859-525-9676,


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

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

Hamilton County Parks

Offers a vibrant array of green spaces all over the city, including 21 parks and 16,000 acres. Boating, cycling, hiking, horseback riding lessons and much more. Winton Woods, Sharon Woods and Miami Whitewater all have lakes to which you can bring your own small watercraft or rent one for the day. A valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks ($3 daily, $10 annual). 513-521-7275,

Sunrock Farm

This educational farm introduces children and adults to the joys of agriculture. Two-hour, hands-on family tours cost $10 per person. Children younger than 1 are free. Gibson Lane, Wilder, Ky., 859-781-5502.

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.

• Big Bone Lick State Park offers camping, scenic, winding trails, a history museum and more. 3380 Beaver Road, Union, 859-384-3522.


AMP Electric Vehicles

Sells 100-percent electric vehicles including convertibles and an electric 2010 Chevy Equinox. 4540 Alpine Ave., Blue Ash, 513-360-4704.

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.

Metro Bus

Cincinnati’s mass transit network offers routes within a mile of most people’s homes and bike racks on all its buses to extend your riding range. 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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6-9 p.m. and Sundays 2-4 p.m. at 141 Knowlton Ave., Northside,

Montgomery Cyclery

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

Queen City Bike

If you’re looking for the 411 on the local bicyclist scene, Queen City Bike has you covered. Covering news and political rumblings and grumblings on the state of wheels in the Queen City, QCB has become the go-to resource for all things pedaled. QCB also maintains an extensive calendar of area cycling events and organizes maintenance workshops, group rides and the mother of all bicycling events, Bike Month. (That’s in May, if you didn’t know). 513-675-2143, 5709 Arnsby Place.

Queen City Bike + Dine

A progressive four-course dinner on two wheels. The next installment starts at 11 a.m. on June 2. Tickets available May 1; register in advance. For more information, email [email protected]. 

Reser Bicycle Outfitters

Northern Kentucky’s shop for road and mountain bikes. 648 Monmouth St., Newport, 859-261-6187,

Segway Store

Offers a variety of Segway models for business or pleasure. Central Parkway and Vine Street, Over-the-Rhine. 513-225-1583,


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

Trek Bicycle Store of Cincinnati

Offers a wide range of Trek bikes. 7594 Voice of America Drive, West Chester, 513-755-3773; 9695 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, 513-745-0364.


Armleder to Lunken Trail Cleanup

Celebrate the new Armleder Trail Connector opening in June. The one-mile trail will join the five-mile Lunken Airfield loop and link it with the 1.9 mile Armleder Trail, meaning more ground for biking, running, walking or rollerblading. Starts at the Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex, 5057 Wooster Pike. Saturday, May 5. 9 a.m.-noon. 

Atomic Number 10

Vintage clothes, housewares and accessories. 1306 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-226-0252,

Backyard Camp’n’Gear

Rents camping equipment and provides setup as needed. 1429 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, 513-761-5555,

Bella on the Avenue

Offers second-hand clothes and accessories on consignment. 318 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, Ky., 859-431-2978.

Benson Cleaning Service

House and business cleaning using green products that are safe for kids and pets. 513-354-2338,

Buy Cincy

Promotes shopping at 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.

Chicken Lays an Egg

Sells vintage clothes, housewares and accessories. 1608 Chase Ave., Northside, 513-834-9268.

Cincinnati Earth Institute

This program of Imago (see elsewhere in this section) offers education courses on simple and sustainable lifestyles. 700 Enright Ave., Price Hill, 513-921-5124,

Civic Garden Center

This non-profit garden offers education, outreach and networking for greener lives. The CGC works to promote environmental stewardship and the greening of urban Cincinnati. It supports nearly 50 urban gardens around the city. 2715 Reading Road, Avondale, 513-221-0981,

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 or

The Great American Cleanup

Work with other environmentally minded locals to make Cincinnati more beautiful. April 21.

The Green Courier

Offers green delivery services using hybrid vehicles, low-impact office practices and more. 513-889-0303,


Offers a wide selection of hemp goods, new cosmetics, clothing and bags. 2034 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-871-HEMP,

Imago for 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. Its 16-acre nature preserve is open daily. Free. 700 Enright Ave., Price Hill, 513-921-5124,

Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo

More than 4,000 youngsters will gather this year to take part in what’s become the largest outdoor water safety and environmental education program in the Midwest. The expo recently won the Best Outdoor Environmental Education Event in Ohio award from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Department. June 21, Coney Island Park.


Sells fine second-hand clothing, art and furnishings. 4577 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-4577.


One of the nation’s largest on-water canoe and kayak festivals, Paddlefest celebrates our local waterways. Registration fees. June 21-23.


This local, modern jewelry designer utilizes sustainable practices. 278 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-751-2171.

Park + Vine

Cincinnati’s green general store offers environmentally friendly clothes, paint, housewares, furniture and more. 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-7275.

Players for the Planet E-Waste Recycling Events

Cincinnati Reds players Jay Bruce, Ryan Hanigan, Drew Stubbs, Mike Leake and Paul Janish team up to promote E-waste recycling. Items accepted include TVs, radios, computer monitors, hard drives and many other electronics. April 27-29. Various locations. The first 200 car donations at each event will receive two View Level tickets to a future Cincinnati Reds game at Great American Ball Park, while supplies last. $10 donation suggested. 

Price Hill Will

Advocates for urban renewal and sustainable communities in Price Hill. 3724 Saint Lawrence Ave., Price Hill, 513-251-3800,

Potterhill Homes

Markets affordable, energy-efficient homes. 513-248-4428,

Puppywood Pet Resort

Dog boarding, daycare and grooming using only green products. 8175 Hetz Drive, Montgomery. 513-489-2275, 


The third annual ReUse-apalooza celebrates “Cincinnati, Community and Camaraderie and Environmental Consciousness” with a night full of entertainment, music and a silent auction featuring crafts from local designers. $20; $50 VIP ticket. All proceeds benefit Building Value and Easter Seals WRC. 7-11 p.m. April 27. Building Value, 4040 Spring Grove Ave., Northside. 

RSVP Services

Offers alternative RSVP services. Guests reply via phone or online to weddings, parties and graduations to conserve paper and postage. 859-572-0060 or

Southwest Ohio Green PAC

Local branch of the Green Party. 1417 Bercliff Ave., Northside, 513-541-6978,

University of Cincinnati

UC is one of the most sustainable campuses in the nation, earning a B from The College Sustainability Report Card. All new construction is LEED Silver certified and UC has improved recycling on campus, worked toward energy use reduction and has developed a bike-sharing program. A more complete reckoning of campus sustainability programs is listed at UC hosts Green-Up Day 2012, where volunteers will work to improve Burnet Woods with mulching, invasive species removal and grounds maintenance. Lunch provided for volunteers. Free. 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, May 12. Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods, Clifton. 513-556-1559,


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, 513-357-7200.

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. 513-769-4924,

Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

Manages the conservation of natural resources within Hamilton County. Holds public meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. and offers services such as soil fertility tests. 22 Triangle Park Drive, Sharonville, 513-772-7645,

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Dedicated to cleaning up Cincinnati and making the city a more livable place through public-private partnerships. 801 Plum. St., Downtown. 513-352-4380.,

Keystone Flora

Local, native plant nursery. Sells plants for habitat restoration, rain gardens and more. 513-961-2727,

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., Suite 100, Walnut Hills, 513-221-2100.

Sierra Club Miami Group

The Miami Valley chapter of the environmental awareness, preservation and recreation organization. 513-861-4001,

Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency                                           

Works with government agencies, businesses, communities and citizens to maintain and achieve healthy air quality in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties. Also responsible for issuing smog alerts and daily pollutant counts. 

513-946-7777, .