Green Umbrella (GU) is a large-scale sustainability alliance across the Greater Cincinnati Region. It oversees the collaboration of over 200 non-profits, businesses, educational institutions, and government entities on the environmental aspects of sustainability. GU acts as a “backbone organization” to each alliance member.
Green Umbrella was founded in 1998 to unite citizens and organizations that shared concern over preserving and restoring the diverse flora and fauna within the OKI region. Its original focus on conserving greenspace was to enhance the region’s vitality. While dedicated to environmental sustainability, GU eventually widened its mission to include promoting outdoor recreation and improving economic vitality and quality of life.
Taking Root addresses the local tree crisis by planting trees and managing forested areas across the OKI region. The nonprofit organization has provided more than 320,000 trees throughout our tristate communities.
Tree for Me
OKI partnered with Taking Root on developing Tree for Me, an online tool to help individuals, communities, parks, and municipalities manage tree distribution campaigns. Users can also use Tree for Me to calculate the benefits of planting a tree in a residential or business location you specify.
Help make our tree canopy thrive
Visit Taking Root to learn more about the crisis confronting our trees and forests. You’ll also learn how you, your community, and your organization can join with OKI and our partners to help address Taking Root’s goals.
Taking Root History
The Taking Root campaign started in 2013 as a collaboration with OKI, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Green Umbrella, and the Green Partnership of Greater Cincinnati. The group’s goal: to address the local tree crisis by planting trees and managing forested areas across the region. In 2016, Taking Root Campaign became an independent, non-profit organization that has provided more than 1,500 trees to 22 communities in the tri-state region.