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Lowell, MA Green Drinks

December 2014 Gathering

December 4,

Happy Holidays Everyone.

I hope you will come out on Dec. 4, 5:30 pm, at Garcia Brogan's, 131 Middlesex St, Lowell, MA.  This will be our last Green Drinks of 2014.

Gunther Wellenstein, the Recycling Coordinator and Solid Waste Manager for the City of Lowell, will join us.  He will update us on a comparison of recycle/trash data over a 10-month period, the new Mass DEP food waste ban and he'll try to address any concerns or questions you pose. Besides overseeing operations at the DEP trash/recycling office, Gunther also works with youth groups in the community.

So come out on Thursday; bring your questions and comments, and bring a friend.

We will share a little holiday cheer.

Looking forward to an informative evening and good conversation.



At Garcia Brogan's 131 Middlesex St, Lowell


(if the current month is not posted below - the group still meets on a regular basis on the 1st Thursday)

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People gather from 5:30 until 7:30 or later. Consultants, students, tradespeople, and other interested citizens gather each month to share ideas and network.

We look forward to seeing you at future events!


To join our mailing list, please send an email to sheila[dot]carman[at]gmail[dot]com


Some months we host a topic or presentation - but the main point of Green Drinks is to be a time to socialize and network.  If you do have any ideas for a topic of discussion or would like to host a topic, please let us know!
Here are some samples of past discussions:

At the May Green Drinks Susan Buta with Buta Full Life gave a presentation on her 200 household initiative in creating a healthier home environment.

At the April Green Drinks a representative from Cartridge World was on hand to teach us about environmental and financial benefits of recycling toner cartridges.

At the March Green Drinks, Adam Baacke, the Assistant City Manager attended Green Drinks.  He spoke about green initiatives being undertaken by the city of Lowell

At the February Green drinks, Gunther Wellenstein with the City's Solid Waste and Recycling Division presented information on the new recycling system to be put in place this spring.

The DECEMBER 2008 - HOLIDAY GREEN DRINKS was a great success!! Please see the bottom of this page for a list of information and links from Lizzie about Bioneers.

A few photos from the December 2008 night... (sorry they are so small and dark)




A list of activities at other recent gatherings:

January 13, 2009: The group that gathered discussed statistics and options for helping the city include more businesses and multi-residence buildings in the recycling program.

December 9, 2008: Lizzie Upitis gave a presentation on the Bioneers conference she attended in October in CA - quite an event!

November 12, 2008: Matthew Himmel with the Tufts New Entry Sustainable Farming Programs spoke to the group about their Community Supported agriculture efforts.

July 8, 2008: Philip Griffith, the Undersecretary of the Environment in the Patrick administration joined us at Green Drinks to discuss what the environmental priorities of this administration are.

June 10, 2008: Rich Lemoine, UMass Lowell Environmental Health and Safety Director spoke with us about efforts currently underway at our local university to "go green" and ways that the community and university can work together.

March 11, 2008: Green Drinks hosted a night of environmental volunteerism opportunities. About a dozen local non-profits with a focus on the environment came together to offer information to interested citizens on how to get involved.






Hi, Green Drinks Lowell friends,


Here’s the websites I noted or tracked from the plenary speakers at Bioneers 2008. If you have any questions, or want to watch any of the DVDs before I find a viewing venue, please drop me a note and we’ll figure out how to connect.


Websites from Bioneers October 17-19, 2008  – San Rafael, CA


-- Friday, October 17th Plenaries --


Kenny Ausubel – CEO and Founder of Bioneers

Opening Remarks    and stay connected with see the “Dreaming New Mexico” project



Paul Stamets

Solutions from the Underground: Using Fungi to Help Save the World


His Fungi Perfecti website



Erica Fernandez

Si, Se Puede! (Yes, We Can!)


Coastal Alliance United for a Sustainable Environment – part of:



Ray Anderson

Sustainability in Action

“Entropy” carpets – “Mt. Zero” = absolutely no oil or pollution in carpets by 2020


His new wiki website for each of us to join



Kavita Ramdas

Shakti, Shanti, Sangam: Power, Peace and the Politics of Change


Global Fund for Women – Kavita Ramdas’s non-profit


Rockwood Institute – mentioned by Kavita Ramdas and Nina Simons



Alexandra Cousteau

Saving Our Water Planet


This Blue Planet – her first book due next spring


Earth’s Conservation Corps – helping clean up Anascostia river watershed – near Washington, DC -



 -- Saturday, October 18th Plenaries --


Janine Benyus

Nature’s 100 Best: Top Biomimicry Solutions to Environmental Crises


Biomimicry Guild is the working company


Biomimicry Institute is the non-profit -  - “How would nature do it?” – “Thank a genius”


connected to E.O. Wilson’s Encyclopedia of Life



Dune Lankard

Sustainable Solutions Over Centuries


An Ashoka Fellow -


REDOIL = Resisting Environmental Degradation On Indigenous Lands



David Orr

Some Like It Hot, But Lots Don’t: The Changing Climate of US Politics


“This is our hour.”  First 100 days – an eBook


David on the board of Center for Eco-Literacy >< Fritjof Capra



Bill McKibben – no DVD of this

Special Public Service Announcement


Wrote End of Nature & Deep Economy


Go to

We must get CO² down to 350 parts per million SOON! It’s now 380 ppm

Day of Action is October 24, 2009 has joined with



Greg Watson

Twelve Degrees of Freedom: Lessons Learned from Thirty-five Years of Environmental Activism


Green Communities Act in MA -



Sandra Steingraber

The Environmental Life of Children – from Placenta to Puberty


She is a doctor of biology and a poet, called “the new Rachel Carson” - 30 years ago at 20, found out she had cancer


Why pediatric environmental health activism is a key civil rights movement.


Her books: Living Downstream and Having Faith (links to Google)



-- Sunday, October 19th Plenaries --


Nina Simons

Personal and movement sharing


Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s moving TED talk



Lucas Benitez

Fighting for Justice for Farmworkers


Modern day slavery – the Alliance for Fair Food



Christine Loh

The “Development” Imperative for Asians


One of TIME’s “Heroes of the Environment”

“The right to development is non-negotiable”


Member of the G8+5 Climate Change Dialogue



Naomi Klein

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism author of


Rescuing the banks and potentially killing ourselves – “under cover of crisis”



Rebecca Moore

Google Earth: Visualizing Change, Mapping the Future


Rebecca conceived and manages the outreach program.


Help of Google Earth photos during Katrina saved 4000 people


Case Studies on Google Earth Outreach website.


Stopping Mountaintop removal in Appalachia



Rick Reed

Collaborating on a Grand Scale: Think Systemically and Act Collaboratively


Use of systems thinking to set up the huge Midwestern collaborative clean energy project: 10 foundations & 70 NGOs across 7 states


works for the Garfield Foundation – grants given everywhere, but home in New Bedford, MA



Not presented at Bioneers 2008, but always a good place to investigate useful and pertinent websites – a good way to get involved – is Paul Hawken’s inspired and initiated website:


Here any group can easily set up a web page to announce an event or publicize a cause.  Post your jobs, list your events. Check out the tutorial.