Lexington Green Drinks
We'd like to thank you for visiting our page and getting to know a little bit more about Lexington Green Drinks. Never been to a meeting before? No sweat!
So, what is Lexington Green Drinks?
Green Drinks is a great way to meet others in the area who have an equal passion and desire for sustainability and greener living. The meetings provide a platform for people to connect with professionals in the community in environmental, technical, and creative arenas. Our meetings our not structured like your typical networking experience. Through Green Drinks, you'll have a more laid back approach to meeting people within Lexington who support local businesses, greener living practices, holistic healing, recycling, sustainable engineering, LEED construction / architecture - the list goes on!
What are the meetings like?
Meetings kick off around 6pm. We have sign-in sheets and name tags available for everyone. We enjoy pre-networking, ordering food, and happy hour before our Coordinator announcements at 6:45pm. We have monthly speakers give talks about a green related topic which usually last about 10 minutes with Q&A afterwards. Everyone is free to network until the wee-hours....or whenever you're ready to leave. :)
We welcome everyone to our meetings and encourage you to bring a friend, loved one, family member, or significant other. Our group is all inclusive and not limited to just professionals. University students are also highly encouraged to attend.
I'm pumped, now give me some dates!
Meet our Volunteers
Mariam Gorjian – Coordinator
Mariam is responible for all inner-workings of Lexington Green Drinks. If you need anything or have questions, please feel free to talk to her or get in touch through one of our social media outlets. Mariam has a background in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a Master's degree in Industrial Technology from Eastern Kentucky University. She currently works at the University of Kentucky in the Center for Commercialization and Economic Development. She believes strongly in supporting environmental initatives by educating, improving, and influencing the hearts and minds of those seeking a "greener" lifestyle. Mariam is incredibly passionate about decreasing consumer waste and informing others about recycling and changing small habits that won't shock your bank account.
Michelle Aiello - Newsletter, Graphics, & Marketing Support Team
Michelle Aiello moved to the Bluegrass region from her hometown of Chicago in 2011. Since then, she's been involved in a number of green and socially conscious efforts. After finding local marketing company Bourbon & Beans listed in Local First Lexington's directory, she contacted owner Carolyn Gilles to set up a meeting. One year later, they have collaborated on numerous marketing, strategy & design projects for local businesses and entrepreneurs with sustainable or eco-friendly missions. Michelle served on the Advisory Board for the now-defunct Bluegrass Greenworks and is a volunteer organizer & editor/designer for Lexington Green Drinks. Michelle believes that we vote with our time and our dollars, and each day we are challenged to make the right choices about the types of organizations we wish to support.
Carolyn Gilles - Marketing Support Team
Carolyn is part of our incredible marketing and monthly event planning team. When she was 8 years old, she wrote a letter requesting that all Styrofoam be removed from her father's office. It worked! They switched to ceramic mugs. Since then, Carolyn's been involved in green efforts in many ways, but is most passionate about how businesses can become more sustainable in their day-to-day operations, such as using mugs instead of disposable cups. Carolyn believes Lexington Green Drinks is an important piece of the puzzle because it creates a space for ideas to be shared and implemented organically.
Lauren Monohan – Recruiter
Lauren recruits newcomer's and fresh faces to our monthly meetings. She attended the University of Dayton, where she studied Political Science, Global Environmental Sustainability and Spanish. She has worked with various groups around the country to protect the environment, such as Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio, the Sierra Club's 2010 Midterm election campaign, and Environment Illinois' campaign to protect Lake Michigan from sewage pollution. She currently works with LFUCG Division of Waste Management's Recycling Program, performing outreach and conducting tours of the Lexington Recycling Center. She knows how important recycling is to our community and the benefits it provides us, and loves working to continue increasing recycling and awareness throughout Lexington.
Mannan Matcheswala - Photography
When I was 8 years old, I wrote a letter requesting that all Styrofoam be removed from my dad's office. It worked! They switched to ceramic mugs. Since then, I've been involved in green efforts in many ways, but am most passionate about how businesses can become more sustainable in their day-to-day operations, such as using mugs instead of disposable cups. To me, Green Drinks is an important piece of the puzzle because it creates a space for ideas to be shared and implemented organically.