Save Our Food Cincy

Year Complete: 2019
Grant Amount: $115,000
Local Government: City of Cincinnati, OH
Local Foundation: Interact for Health; Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation; Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Project Purpose

To enhance the sustainability of Cincinnati’s regional food system through strategic, collaborative activities to prevent, recover, and recycle food waste and educate the public on the issue.

Key Lessons Learned

Lessons learned about tools and tactics through the project that other sustainability directors could use to advance their work.

The most important lesson is the value of collaborating with community partners. The project’s non-profit partner, Green Umbrella, had a regional reach that allowed the sustainability office to have an impact far beyond its jurisdiction because work was replicated through extended partnerships. Green Umbrella also acted as a convener, bringing other regional partners to the table to enhance project work.

As an organization outside of city government, Green Umbrella was also able to advocate for policy and systems changes that internal city rules prohibited the sustainability office from acting on. For instance, changing composting rules to allow more community composting required policy advocacy that could not led by the sustainability office. Partnership development was incredibly important to the project work since policy change institutionalizes sustainability.

Additional Information and Resources

Learn more about the City of Cincinnati’s continuing partnership with Green Umbrella to advance urban agriculture and food waste initiatives here.