Cincinnati and the Tristate · Green Living

Library Resources

Earth Day Booklist
A list of inspirational books and videos on simplifying your life and appreciating the beauty of nature.
Gardening Booklist
Whatever your interest--from growing your own vegetables to designing a community garden to cooking your harvest--we have lots of resources to get you started!
Green Living Booklist
Here are some books and DVDs in the Library's collection to help make your life a little greener.


Channel 5 - The Green Pages
Find headlines, featured stories, links, blogs, videos and more on going green and green related topics.
Channel 9 - Living Green News
Features local and national green stories.
A free social site for sustainable living created by Northern Kentucky University alumni.
Energy Star
Get the latest on energy-saving products for home or business, from the EPA and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Provides qualifications for the federal tax credits for energy-efficient products or renewable energy systems for your home.
Access hundreds of environmental fact sheets and bulletins on topics including recycling, land use, and household waste from Ohio State University.
Park + Vine
Find listings of green events, information on green living, products, and shopping guide.


Building Value
Salvages reusable materials for sale to the public to help the environment, reduce the cost of disposal, and give architectural gems a second life.
Cincinnati Energy Solutions, LLC
Experts in energy efficiency for residential and small business applications servicing the entire Greater Cincinnati area. Offers multiple layers of service from building evaluations and home energy audits to full efficiency upgrades including the installation of renewables.
Cincinnati Maintenance
Provides eco-friendly alternatives to traditional cleaning methods for residential and commercial applications. Includes a Green Tip Blog.
Committee on Green Building
The Hamilton County, Ohio Planning Partnership Committee on Green Building helps to introduce and familiarize both the development community and the regulatory agencies about the effectiveness, economic benefits and overall appropriateness of innovative Green Building practices. Lists green initiatives by local government and organizations.
Covington Re-Use Center
A non-profit organization that takes materials headed for the dumpster and re-uses them to help others build their own homes. The products that are donated are building grade products that are overstocked by partner suppliers or are donated by companies and private individuals all across the Northern Kentucky area.
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
A comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.
Eco-Building Supply Co. LLC
Supplier of green building materials. Promotes the use of sustainable and recycled building materials that help create a healthier, more resource-efficient building environment.
Energy Conservation for Ohioans (ECO-Link)
A program designed to provide reduced rate financing through partnering banks for Ohioans completing “whole home” weatherization and energy efficient improvements in their homes.
Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
A non-profit organization helping Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities reduce their energy costs through education, expertise, and innovative financing. Offers educational services, project management, and financing services to retrofit buildings with energy efficient and renewable technologies.
Green Cincinnati
Helps promote Green Building in the Tri-State and provide the public with resources to advocate for the U.S Green Building Council's LEED Certification process.
Greener Stock
Supplies eco-friendly building materials to homeowners and contractors. Offers an Activities & Events Calendar featuring donation & drop-off events, green building tours, and related green activities.
GreenSource Cincinnati
A resource center for the green building community with over 50 technology partners displaying green products to inspire the Midwest building community with energy efficient, sustainable technologies.
Heritage Environmental Services
Provides a local source for shingle recycling. Call 513-823-1597 for details.
Local Alliance for Nature and Development for Hamilton County
A planning partnership that works to help introduce and familiarize both the development community and the regulatory agencies about the genuine effectiveness, documented economic benefits and overall appropriateness of innovative Green Building practices. Includes local green building projects and initiatives, green educational programs, and green resources.
On Demand Container
Offers construction debris recycling for LEED projects, providing dumpsters and processing for waste off site at their recycling facility.
The TriState Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Hamilton, Ohio recycles new and used building materials, tools, and appliances.
U.S. Green Building Council - Cincinnati Regional Chapter
Find information, resources, news, and links about green building and building projects.

Conservation & Preservation

Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage
Located in the Price Hill community of Cincinnati, this urban-eco village fosters a sustainable urban neighborhood that promotes preservation through social, economic, and healthy lifestyles. The neighborhood contains the nature preserve, Imago, Cincinnati Zen Center, 100-acre woods, community gardens, and energy efficient housing.
Fernald Preserve Visitors Center
The 1,050-acre property includes one of the largest manmade wetlands in Ohio, large tracts of water, upland forests, a lengthy riparian corridor, and the beginnings of tall grass prairies. Sponsors the BioBlitz program, a 24-hour species inventory of the site.
Grailville - Constructed Wetland WastewaterTreatment System
Grailville provides the only full scale, ecologically sound, functional, sustainable, and efficient wastewater system of its kind in Ohio.
Hamilton County Park District Visitors Guide
Find out about educational programs, recreational opportunities, and conservation efforts provided by the Park District.
The Hillside Trust
The Hillside Trust actively works to help achieve a balance between the competing interests of development and conservation of the remaining hillside land by research and education, land conservation, and advocacy of responsible land use. Provides a list of preserved properties, hillside art, newsletter, and meeting information.
Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund
The public education and research affiliate of Ohio Citizen Action, the state's largest environmental organization.
Sierra Club, Cincinnati Chapter
Provides local, state and national level of conservation efforts, community outreach and education, political work and outdoor activities.
Three Valley Conservation Trust
A community-based organization working with landowners and agencies to voluntarily conserve streams, farmland, greenspace, and cultural heritage in Butler, Preble, Darke, and Western Montgomery Counties.


Cincinnati Nature Center
News and information about Rowe Woods, Long Branch, and Gorman Heritage Farm. Calendar of programs for all three locations.
Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati
A horticultural resource that enriches lives through education, community beautification and environmental stewardship. Maintains eight landscaped acres open daily to visitors at no charge located 2.5 miles from downtown Cincinnati. The Center provides education and information to individuals, schools, organizations and businesses through its Horticulture Helpline, library, classes, hands-on workshops, tours, special events and outreach programs. Sponsors the Neighborhood Gardens program.
Compost Kids
A program to teach the science of soil, decomposition of organic matter, and the importance of diverting solid waste from the landfill to primary school students from grades K-6. The program is a partnership between the Civic Garden Center and Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.
Grailville - Events
Offers programs and workshops on the environment, sustainable living, gardening, beekeeping, cheesemaking, canning and more.
Granny's Garden School
Granny's Garden School develops and supports hands-on learning experiences for children through school-based, garden and nature focused programs to help children experience nature.
Greater Cincinnati Environmental Educators
An umbrella organization composed of environmental education professionals representing organizations conducting environmental education programs.
Green Energy Ohio - Training Programs
Offers renewable energy training programs and webinars.
Green Explorers
An environmental and conservation based program for young men and women 14-20 years old. Provides experiences to investigate the meaning of conservation and environmental interdependence in their personal relationships and communities. Emphasis is on life skills, citizenship, character education, leadership experience, and career opportunities.
Green Learning Station
A new environmental education program from the Civic Garden Center breaking ground at Oak and Reading for a hands-on learning laboratory. Students and adults will discover how to apply sustainable practices to their gardens and the systems (water, waste, soil) that support them, with a strong focus on growing healthy food and keeping storm water where it falls.
Imago for Earth
This urban nature preserve provides children and adults with hands-on educational programs that include environmental workshops, scout programs, and summer camps. The 16-acre preserve is open to the public for hiking and nature exploration.
Joy Outdoor Education Center
Provides educational activities and focused learning experiences for students, as well as leadership and development programs for adults.
Leave No Child Inside of Greater Cincinnati
A collaboration of organizations and individuals educating the community that time spent in nature is essential for the physical, mental and emotional health of all children. Provides a listing of over 100 parks and preserves with green lawns, play grounds, garden paths and wooded trails that are free and open to the public. Provides a “Find-A-Program” system to assist teachers in finding over 100 local nature programs. Includes resources, news and family nature club kits.
Players for the Planet
Works to educate all involved in youth, amateur, and professional sports on how best to adopt environmental practices that will preserve playing fields and stadiums. Partners with local organizations to host recycling drives, green events, and educational activities to encourage saving the environment.
Sierra Club's Inner City Outings
A community outreach program of the Sierra Club that introduces people and groups to the wilderness. Outings include dayhikes, backpacking, car camping, canoeing, whitewater rafting, bicycling, and cross-country skiing.


Cincinnati Parks - Living Our Green Life
A program that provides useful tips, conservation education and practical resources for a healthier, “greener” and more economical lifestyle.
City of Cincinnati - Neighborhood Operations Division
Provides quality community-driven service to the citizens of Cincinnati through neighborhood programs including solid waste collection, special collection, recycling, street cleaning, green space management, neighborhood improvement programs, and community clean up services.
City of Cincinnati - Office of Environmental Quality
Provides information on environmental programs, projects, news, training, education and resources.
Do Your Share For Cleaner Air
Provides valuable information to the community, businesses and the media regarding air quality topics through the “do your share for cleaner air” campaign.
Environmental Community Organization
Provides research and technical expertise on government agencies and industries for enforcement and implementation of environmental laws, builds partnerships, and works to improve the quality of life in Greater Cincinnati. Also offers a newsletter and resources.
Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition
Community of not-for-profit organizations, businesses, government agencies, and individuals from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana who work together to promote the beauty and environmental quality of the Tri-state area.
Green Energy Ohio
Provides a Going Green podcast every two weeks. It's a show about Ohioans who are working toward living sustainable, low-impact lives.
The Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati
A collaboration between the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Cincinnati Public Schools, University of Cincinnati and Duke Energy. Works to encourage and support efforts that will measurably improve environmental performance. Provides listing of working projects.
Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services
Find information about solid waste management, air quality management, composting and recycling in Hamilton County.
Organic lawn service using chemical free organic fertilizer.
Responsible Services
Offers educated options for termite and pest control solutions. Locally owned and operated, servicing Cincinnati, Southern Ohio, and Northern Kentucky.
Sustainable Cincinnati
Resource for learning about sustainablity issues and their impact on quality of life. Provides information, news and links.

Farming & Gardening

Central Ohio River Valley Local Food Initiative
Provides an Eat Local Guide which list farms, farmers' markets and other local food resources in the Greater Cincinnati, Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana area.
Cincinnati Locavore
Food blog that provides information about local events, reviews, and a variety of local food topics. An initiative of the Ohio Valley Foodshed Project.
City of Cincinnati Urban Farm Program
As part of the Green Cincinnati Plan, in 2009 the City of Cincinnati launched the Cincinnati Urban Farm initiative recruiting citizens and community groups to partner with the City to develop urban farms using vacant City property.
Community Garden Development Training
Offered by the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, the program provides community residents with technical assistance, leadership training, horticulture education, and start-up materials.
EarthSave Cincinnati
A local group, affiliated with EarthSave International, that promotes eating plant-based foods, sharing concerns for the environment, compassionate treatment of animals and improved health. Offers programs, activities and related resources.
The Giving Garden Program
The program is based on the Victory Gardens concept of WWII, and involves family gardening and giving back to the community. The Giving Garden program asks suburban Cincinnati area gardeners to plant more fruits and vegetables than they can use themselves, and give the extra to The Healing Center or local food pantries.
Innovative Farmers of Ohio
A non-profit organization that offers services and programs to help producers become more sustainable economically, socially, and environmentally.
Local Farmers' Markets
Find a list of neighborhood farmers' markets and local community supported agriculture locations.
Find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, organic food, grass-fed meats, and more.
Ohio Apples
Provides listings of local apple orchards, events, and information about apples and apple growers.
Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association
A membership-based, grassroots organization, that promotes and supports sustainable, ecological, and healthful food systems. Provides a consumer guide to organic and ecological farms and gardens, consumer and grower information, online resources, and more.
Ohio Valley Cheese Guild
An amateur cheese making club in Cincinnati, the Guild meets regularly and hosts ongoing discussions, shares resources and techniques for making cheese.
One Small Garden
A resource for raised bed home gardening.
Find local pick-your-own farms.

Green Activities

Cincinnati Great Outdoor Weekend
An initiative of Green Umbrella, offering a diverse sampling of the best nature activities in Greater Cincinnati from environmental education and outdoor recreation organizations.
Farmers' Fair
The annual Farmers' Fair celebrates and supports local food culture and sustainable living with a street fair, farmers' market and fundraiser to help build relationships from farm to table. Located in the Roebling Entertainment District of Covington, Kentucky.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator
Calculate greenhouse emissions and learn ways to reduce your impact on the envrionment from the Ohio EPA.
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
A program that focuses on education and public awareness and provides opportunities to beautify highways, reduce litter, and create a visual welcome to Cincinnati. Events include the Great American Cleanup, Daffodils and Daylilies, the Neighborhood Enhancement Program, and the Make A Difference Day.
Find real time air quality reports, including pollen and mold summaries for Cincinnati at the Ohio EPA AIROHIO.
Ohio River Sweep
A riverbank cleanup of the Ohio River and its tributaries by volunteers from public organizations, civic groups, recreational clubs, and the general public in six states bordering the river.
Walk Score
Find a walkable place to live by using the Walk Score to see conditions for pedestrian travel.
Water Conservation Application
Facebook features a water conservation application that gives you a speedy rundown of your personal water use. You can complete the test in a few minutes and then see where you fall in comparison to other Facebook peeps.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose

Amvets of Ohio - Donation Program
Collects clothing, shoes, linens, draperies, housewares, and small appliances.
CBT Carpet Recycling
Collects and processes dry consumer and industrial carpets and carpet pads.
Cincinnati Computer Cooperative
A computer recycling and reuse drop-off center.
City of Cincinnati Recycling Program
Provides information about the City's recycling program.
The Freecycle Network
A non-profit organization that provides individuals and organizations a place to give unwanted items for recycle or reuse to reduce landfill waste.
Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District
Find information for residents, businesses, and schools about recycling, hazardous waste drop off locations, and publications.
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful - Recycling
Provides instructions for recycling, reusing, or donating batteries, bicycles, computer floppy discs, computers, cellular telephones, eyeglasses, florescent light bulbs, smoke detectors, styrofoam packing, compact discs, cameras, holiday cards, batteries, light bulbs, household goods, sneakers, synthetic carpets, thermometers and more. Also offers green tips and news.
Kenzie's Closet
A non-profit organization that provides gently worn prom dresses and accessories to economically disadvantaged high school girls in Greater Cincinnati. Referrals come from principals, counselors or a social service agency.
Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS)
The LINKS program serves the Greater Cincinnati area schools and brings together the desire of young students who want to learn to play an instrument with used instruments that others have donated. Scholarship forms for students are submitted through orchestra directors or school bands.
Neediest Kids of All - Donations
Collects hats, coats, shoes, clothing, and eyeglasses for local area children.
New Life Furniture
Collects gently used household furniture and delivers items to families in need in the Tristate area.
Ohio EPA Wastes - Resource Conservation
Provides information and resources about resource conservation, composting and recycling.
Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries - Donations
Collects clothing, linens, household items, small appliances, electronics, furniture, books, and shoes.
The Salvation Army of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky - Donations
Collects gently used items, such as clothing, furniture, appliances, toys and unusable items to recycle or resell to ensure they are handled in a way that best utilizes the natural resources from which they are made.
A non-profit organization that collects expired specification samples from interior designers and architects and recycles or repurposes materials to provide to artists, arts educators, libraries, theater groups, and students. Project sites are run by volunteers. Find information about the Cincinnati project site.


City of Cincinnati - Bicycle Transportation Program
Offers program updates, news, maps, and related resources.
Go Metro
Maps and timetables of all Metro routes, fare guide, and information about the Access service.
Queen City Bike
Blog to share and find news and information about biking, biking events and rides. Also provides links to related resources.
Find out how to participate in this free program that offers commuters transportation alternatives.
TANK - Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky
Information about routes and schedules, special services and TANK facilities.