By Amy Hemmert
Laptop Lunches President and Co-founder
We are so happy to hear that Green Drinks is alive and well in Santa Cruz!
Not familiar with Green Drinks International?
Every month people interested in the environment and sustainability issues meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. You’ll find people from NGOs, academia, government, business, and more. Show up and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "are you green?" and we’ll introduce you to whoever’s there. It's a great way to stay in touch with people you know and to make new connections as well. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.
Green Drinks events are casual and unstructured, and they’re great for finding employment, making friends, sharing ideas, learning about the latest sustainability trends, and creating opportunities. For more information or to find a group near you, visit the Green Drinks Web site at www.greendrinks.org.
The Santa Cruz chapter meets the first Thursday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 at Café Maré. If you're in the area, please join us for happy hour and engaging conversation. Here’s what we’ve got in store for the next few months:
January 5: Share your 2011 sustainability successes and challenges and weigh in on discussion topics for 2012. Let’s make 2012 a sustainability year to remember!
February 2: Amy Hemmert from Laptop Lunches will discuss the ins and outs of implementing a waste-free lunch program. She’ll provide hands-on information, resources, and some success stories as well. She’s eager to hear your successes and challenges and is excited to answer all of your waste-free questions.
March 1: Aurora Winslade from UCSC will provide an overview of sustainability projects the university is currently involved in. Listen as students share their work. Weigh in with ideas you have for additional sustainability opportunities in the Santa Cruz area.
April 5: Dave Garti from Grid Alternatives will talk about his work providing solar energy systems for low-income housing.
We'd love to hear about what other chapters of Green Drinks are doing as well, so if you're involved, please let us know.