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Earth Day Fort Collins, April 20th

Sustainable Living Association (SLA) hosts Earth Day Fort Collins on April 20th fom 11:00 AM-5:00 PM at the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Avenue, Fort Collins ( Earth Day Fort Collins is a combination of activities and events for the entire family, featuring informational booths and displays, arts & crafts, live music, speakers, local food and a beer garden.  This family focused event is free to the public and attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the Food Bank.During Earth Day, Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) will be hosting a “Ride and Drive” which will give people attending Earth Day the opportunity to get behind the wheel of many of the plug-in electric cars on the market today.

Drive Electric Northern Colorado is a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at achieving widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by businesses and consumers of all walks of life. The initiative (, a partnership between the Electrification Coalition, the cities of Loveland and Fort Collins, and Colorado State University, will facilitate the necessary coordination, educational outreach, local business involvement, and infrastructure needed to transform Northern Colorado into a model PEV deployment community.

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Green Networking at Green Drinks

February 26, 2009 1 comment

Attending a Green Drinks event in your city is a great way to connect and learn from others who are on the journey to Destination Green.  Green Drinks is an informal gathering of folks who work in the environmental field and/or are interested in living and working more sustainably.  At these gatherings, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with and gain insight from a wide variety of people – green builders, organic farmers, city officials, professors, scientists, greentrepreneurs, volunteers, LEED AP professionals, fair trade business practitioners  – the list goes on and spans every conceivable green collar vocation. 


Green Drinks, as of this post, is active in 448 cities around the world.  The format is organic, and varies from city to city.  Here in Ft. Collins, we meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month at a rotating venue.  We are fortunate to have a long list of generous, green-minded hosts in our town…hosted venues are booked out to 2010!  Now just into our third year, our mailing list has surpassed 800 and we consistently have 100 to 150+ attendees.


We strive to have an educational component to our gatherings.  Many times this is accomplished simply by virtue of the venue and host.  Education is always in parallel to good networking, conversation and fun.  We start the event at 6 p.m. with mingling, cocktails and appetizers or snacks.  At about 7 p.m. our host takes 10 minutes or so to speak to the group about how their organization is engaged in sustainability.  Things usually wrap up at 8 p.m., though not always!


Last night’s Green Drinks was hosted for the second time by the City of Fort Collins, and featured an expo showcasing the many green programs and initiatives of various City departments.  Check out the video below for highlights. 


Other Green Drinks hosts and sponsors in our city include green builders and architects, sustainability-minded craft brewers and food growers/purveyors, environmentally-focused thrift and salvage stores, and a variety of other local businesses who have taken significant green actions relative to their operations or help others make great strides toward more eco-friendly living.


So find the Green Drinks in your city, and if there isn’t one yet, be the green hero who starts one.





Course on Green Living in Ft. Collins

February 9, 2009 Leave a comment

You’ve seen it everywhere and you want to do right by the green movement but don’t know where to start. Check out this introductory course at Front Range Community College on Resources for Greening Your Life.

In this course we’ll:

  • Review what living “green” means

  • Provide you with tools and resources to make your life more green

  • Challenge you to make a personal green resolution to get you started

  • Teach you what buying green means

  • Explore ways to make your home more green

EDUC 1043.601 Resources for Greening Your Life
Dates: Tuesdays, February 24th to March 10th, 2009
Time: 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Cost: $45 (includes materials)
Instructor: Ariana Friedlander
Location: Front Range Community College
Maroon Peak 104

Three easy ways to register:

  1. Online registration at

  2. Call Continuing Education at 970-204-8686

  3. Stop by Continuing Education in Mount Antero 141