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.