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Elkhart Green Drinks

We have a lively mixture of people from all walks of life. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity.

When: Always on the 2nd Wednesday from 5:30-8pm

Venue: Changes each month, check back for updates

Contact: Burne Miller at blm@troyergroup.com or Kristi Bly at outdoorkristi@gmail.com or 574-312-0822

Please let Burne or Kristi know if you would like to to be included on our email list or Like us on Facebook to make sure you get the latest updates.

Check out the Experience Michiana interview about Elkhart Green Drinks: http://www.wnit.org/expmichiana/s/iusb-sustainability---elkhart-green-drink.html

 

Upcoming Meeting Information:

July 9, 2014, 5:30-8pm at McCarthy's on the Riverwalk (333 Nibco Pkwy) : Open Discussion - We want everyone attending to bring a quick idea to introduce to the group. It could be an article you read or you are looking for a new appliance and you want to know what the best options are or you heard about a new service or business coming to the area or you saw a great creative way to recycle a certain item. The possibilities are endless. We look forward to everyone sharing something that piques their interest.

August 13, 2014, 5:30-8pm at McCarthy's on the Riverwalk (333 Nibco Pkwy) : TBD

September 10, 2014, 5:30-8pm at McCarthy's on the Riverwalk (333 Nibco Pkwy) : TBD

October 8, 2014, 5:30-8pm at ?? : TBD

November 12, 2014, 5:30-8pm at ?? : TBD

December 10, 2014, 5:30-8pm at ?? : Annual Holiday Mixer

Past Meeting Information:

June 11, 2014, 5:30-8pm at New Paradigm Brewing Co. (600 S Main): Rhonda Yoder will be leading the update on chickens in the city of Goshen. Here is a link to the final ordinance:  http://www.goshenindiana.org/sites/default/files/city_ordinances/Ord.%204773%20-%20Keeping%20Chickens%20-%20Executed.pdf

May 14, 2014, 5:30-8pm at New Paradigm Brewing Co. (600 S Main): Nick Simons of Reel Green Ecological Lawn Care and Landscaping will be talking about his lawn mowing business and giving us ideas on green approaches to our own lawn care and landscaping. Check out the recent article in the Elkhart Truth about Nick and his business:  http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/business/2014/05/02/Elkhart-start-up-taking-green-approach-to-green-work.html

April 9, 2014, 5:30-8pm at New Paradigm Brewing Co. (600 S Main): Alex Smith of Rise Up Farms will be talking about the local food growth movement and how to become involved. Everybody eats, so where our food comes from helps us decide what kind of footprint our eating habits are making in the world.

March 12, 2014, 5:30-8pm at New Paradigm Brewing Co. (600 S Main): Representatives from the Elkhart Public Works Department will be on hand to discuss their ongoing environmental projects.

February 12, 2014, 5:30-8pm at Hacienda (186 Easy Shopping Place) : Carry-forward from the cancelled January meeting. Let's hope the weather cooperates this month. We are trying something new this month. We want everyone attending to bring a quick idea to introduce to the group. It could be an article you read or you are looking for a new appliance and you want to know what the best options are or you heard about a new service or business coming to the area or you saw a great creative way to recycle a certain item. The possibilities are endless. We look forward to everyone sharing something that piques their interest.

January 8, 2014, 5:30-8pm at McCarthy's on the Riverwalk (333 Nibco Pkwy) : We are trying something new this month. We want everyone attending to bring a quick idea to introduce to the group. It could be an article you read or you are looking for a new appliance and you want to know what the best options are or you heard about a new service or business coming to the area or you saw a great creative way to recycle a certain item. The possibilities are endless. We look forward to everyone sharing something that piques their interest.

December 11, 2013, 5:30-8pm at Hacienda (186 Easy Shopping Place): Annual Holiday Mixer

November 13, 2013, 5:30-8pm at McCarthy's on the Riverwalk (333 Nibco Pkwy): A discussion about the current fuel tax structure that will include a history of fuel economy, provide possible options to equate use of the roads to payment of the repair and replacement of them, and provide an opportunity to discuss what local, state, and federal legislators should consider as viable options. A little background is that the current format is not sustainable given the increase in fuel economy, hybrid, and other fuels being used, and a much discussed fuel tax was implemented by Elkhart County several years ago as a way to further enhance funding sources that had dwindled through the years. Faced with an ever-changing price of fuel and an instability in funneling the funds from the federal to local levels, an open discussion is warranted.

October 9, 2013, 5:30-8pm at New Paradigm Brewing Co. (600 S Main): Brian Mabry, Elkhart County Planning Department, will be presenting about proposed building/zoning codes.

September 11, 2013, 5:30-8pm at Harrison Landing (600 S Main): Alan Ediger, Interface Architecture, is lined up to talk about the NGBS (National Green Building Standard) Verifier process for homes. NGBS is similar to LEED, but more suited to residential instead of commercial/industrial. NGBS helps residential building professionals develop, build, and remodel higher performing projects in a more sustainable manner. Come learn "what it takes" for a home to be reviewed, verified, and possibly certified "Green".

August 14, 2013, 5:30-8pm at Harrison Landing (600 S Main): Andy Harlow, First Federal Savings Bank, will be presenting about their "Go Green Loan". FFSB has a loan option that, meeting their criteria in energy efficiency, can qualify a loan applicant to a reduction in their rate, such that it is lower than any other available. Putting your money into efficiencies up-front can save you much more in the long run.

July 10, 2013, 5:30-8pm at Harrison Landing (600 S Main): Burne Miller will be presenting and discussing some of the sustainable practices he encountered on his recent month-long stay in Austria.

June 12, 2013, 5:30-8pm at Harrison Landing (600 S Main): Joe Bowen, Energy Specialist with Concord Community Schools

May 8, 2013, 5:30-8pm at Harrison Landing (600 S Main): Friends of the St Joseph River will be speaking about some of the exciting things the Friends are doing, including inventorying all of the current and historic wetlands in the St Joseph River Watershed (13 counties across IN & MI). Information about the Wetlands Partnership Project: http://fotsjr.org/WetlandPartnership

April 10, 2013, 5:30-8pm at Luccheses's Italian Restaurant (655 CR 17): Eric Weigold will be speaking about gardening, specifically how to create rain gardens, raised bed gardening, and how to incorporate an efficient underground watering system.

March 13, 2013, 5:30-8pm at Harrison Landing (600 S Main): Jeff Reece, AEP, will be leading the discussion. ***This is our 2nd Anniversary!  So make sure you come celebrate with us!***

February 13, 2013, 5:30-8pm at Fat Tomato (4100 E Bristol St): Denny Correll,  Brownfield Coordinator for the City of Elkhart, will be discussing the reclamation of the Labour Pump site from decrepit brownfield into a different kind of park.

January 9, 2013, 5:30-8pm at McCarthy's on the Riverwalk (333 Nibco Pkwy): Burne Miller will lead the discussion about the Indiana High Speed Rail Association and their rationale that high speed rail is a wise choice for Indiana because the nation - and Indiana - needs a new approach to public transportation as our existing systems reach capacity, and although our awareness of the risks of our current course are not always clear, the challenges become apparent when we study the trends and consider the challenges we will face if we don't make transportation policy course corrections.

December 12, 2012, 5:30-8pm at Harrison Landing (600 S Main): Annual Holiday Mixer

November 14, 2012, 5:30-8pm at Hunter's Place (2703 S Main): Daragh Deegan will be discussing the City of Elkhart's Aquatic Biology Program. It is one of only two programs like it in the State of Indiana and has identified 84 different species of fish in the St. Joseph River watershed.

October 10, 2012, 5:30-8pm at McCarthy's on the Riverwalk (333 Nibco Pkwy): Chickens in the City - local discussion about the possibility of having a change in ordinance that would allow people to raise chickens within the city limits.  As Burne says, "Let's discuss, with no exclamation points, please."

September 12, 2012, 5:30-8pm at  McCarthy's on the Riverwalk (333 Nibco Pkwy): Burne Miller will lead the discussion concerning "Green Drinks" viewpoint of attempts from various groups/interests to promote or block "energy projects".  Project No Project assesses the broad range of energy projects that are being stalled, stopped, or outright killed nationwide due to "NIMBY" (Not In My Back Yard) or "Cave" (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) activism, a broken permitting process, and a system that allows seemingly limitless challenges by opponents of development.

One of the most surprising findings from the catalog of projects is that is seems just as difficult to build a wind farm in the US as it is to build a coal-fired power plant.  Roughly 45% of the challenged projects that were identified are renewable energy projects.

If all "special interest" groups oppose all projects for their own special interests, then how does anyone/EVERYONE make any appreciable impact, in a national sense, towards sustainability?  Where does it need to end?  An attempt at a sensible discussion about what can, at times, seem like a broken system.  It just depends on which side you look at or if you can look at it from another side.  Let's discuss, with no exclamation points, please.

August 8, 2012, 5:30-8pm at La Esperanza (601 E Jackson): Tim Neese, Solid Waste Management District, will be speaking about what the SWMD does to encourage reduction of waste disposal into landfills and how the SWMD can work with companies to seek opportunties to reduce/reuse/recycle and increase efficiencies within their companies.

July 11, 2012, 5:30-8pm at Imagine Lake (28222 Pine Lake Street, Edwardsburg, MI - Directions from Elkhart via Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/mkau): Burne Miller (owner) and Terry Herschberger (architect/builder of 1-2-1 Designs) will be discussing the green home building process from various standpoints.  The home is currently under construction, so please dress with appropriate footwear.  Beverages will be provided.  Please bring a light finger food for a pot-luck adventure and lawn chairs for seating.  We will be continuing the normally implied "Adults Only" since this is a construction site.  We are encouraging carpooling.

June 13, 2012, 5:30-8pm at Fat Tomato (4100 E Bristol St): Eric Zell will be speaking about Elk River Upcycle. His venture to divert waste from landfills and find new owners for the salvaged materials.

May 9, 2012, 5:30-8pm at Bruno's Per Bacco (28046 CR 16): Megan Kolaczyk, Elkhart Environmental Center, will be speaking on the history of EnviroCorps. 

April 11, 2012, 5:30-8pm  at McCarthy's on the Riverwalk (333 Nibco Pkwy): Kyle Hannon will be speaking about his electric/hybrid experience with the Prius.

March 14, 2012, 5:30-8pm at Harrison Landing (600 S Main): Mary Eastman, Wabash Electric, will be speaking about the transition from incandescent to CFLs to LED in the lighting world and what is new in the business.  ***This is our 1 Year Anniversary!  So make sure you come celebrate with us!***

February 8, 2012, 5:30-8pm at McCarthy's on the Riverwalk (333 Nibco Pkwy): Marty Morgan, Street Commissioner of Elkhart, will be speaking about all things roads and sidewalks (recycled asphalt pavement, beet juice, recycling of crushed concrete, sand, etc.)

January 11, 2012 at DaVinci's (2720 Cassopolis): Nicole Bauman will be speaking about the Elkhart Local Food Alliance and Rise Up Farms.

December 14, 2011 at Hacienda (186 Easy Shopping Place): Holiday Mixer

November 9, 2011 at Cappy's Northside Tavern (1000 N Michigan St): Luke Lefever, Lefever Plumbing and Heating, will be leading a conversation about conserving water and energy with geothermal equipment.

October 12, 2011 at Sauk Trail (56039 Parkway Ave - SE corner of CR 17 & Middlebury St/CR 14): Steve Peer will be leading a converstaion about Better Living Technologies.

September 14, 2011 at Elkhart Environmental Center (1717 E Lusher): Held in conjunction with the 20th Birthday Celebration of the EEC, so you will also enjoy a tour of the grounds and presentations about the past and future of the EEC. However, to begin with, Gordon Moore will be leading a conversation about McCormick Motors.

August 10, 2011 at Antonio's (1105 Goshen Ave): John Helmuth, President, will be leading a conversation about Genesis Products and giving us an update on the Poplar Tree Project.

July 13, 2011 at Harrison Landing (600 S Main): Russ Draper, Renewable Energy Consultant, will be leading a conversation about Home Energy LLC, Solar, Wind, Solar Thermal, Mobile and Back Up Power.

June 8, 2011 at McCarthy's on the Riverwalk (333 NIBCO Pkwy): Larry Neff, Director, will be leading a conversation about his vision for the Elkhart County Parks.

May 11, 2011 at McCarthy's on the Riverwalk (333 NIBCO Pkwy): Kris Laidlaw, Owner/Massage Therapist/Certified Practitioner of Reconnective Healing and the Reconnection, will be leading a conversation about Ray of Light Holistic Health.

April 13, 2011 at 523 Tap & Grill (523 S Main): Megan Kolaczyk, Environmental Utility Coordinator, will be leading a conversation about the Elkhart Environmental Center and upcoming events.

March 9, 2011 at Harrison Landing (600 S Main): Inaugural meeting