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Lowell, MA Green Drinks

LOWELL GREEN DRINKS MEETS THE FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM 5:30-7:30 PM

At Garcia Brogan's 131 Middlesex St, Lowell

(http://www.garciabrogans.com/)

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

NEW: CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK:

http://www.facebook.com/deactivate.php#!/home.php?sk=group_111149945617372&ap=1
 

COME MEET OTHER "GREEN MINDED" PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF - EVERYONE WELCOME!

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

 HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

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)

 

 

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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.

 

 


 


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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.

 

lizbethup@earthlink.net

 

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

                                                                                  

-- Friday, October 17th Plenaries --

 

Kenny Ausubel – CEO and Founder of Bioneers

Opening Remarks

 

www.bioneers.org    and stay connected with www.connect.bioneers.org

 

http://greeningnewmexico.org/ see the “Dreaming New Mexico” project

 

 

Paul Stamets

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

 

His Fungi Perfecti website

http://www.fungi.com/

 

 

Erica Fernandez

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

 

Coastal Alliance United for a Sustainable Environment – part of:

http://www.pacificenvironment.org/index.php

 

 

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

www.MissionZero.org

 

 

Kavita Ramdas

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

 

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

http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/cms/

 

Rockwood Institute – mentioned by Kavita Ramdas and Nina Simons

http://www.rockwoodleadership.org/

 

 

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 -  http://www.ecc1.org/

 

 

 -- Saturday, October 18th Plenaries --

 

Janine Benyus

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

 

Biomimicry Guild is the working company http://www.biomimicryguild.com/

 

Biomimicry Institute is the non-profit - http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/

 

www.AskNature.org  - “How would nature do it?”

 

www.innovationforconservation.org – “Thank a genius”

 

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

http://eol.org/

 

 

Dune Lankard

Sustainable Solutions Over Centuries

 

An Ashoka Fellow - http://www.ashoka.org/node/3928

 

REDOIL = Resisting Environmental Degradation On Indigenous Lands

http://www.ienearth.org/redoil.html

 

 

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

http://www.climateactionproject.com/

 

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

http://www.ecoliteracy.org/

 

 

Bill McKibben – no DVD of this

Special Public Service Announcement

 

Wrote End of Nature & Deep Economy

 

Go to www.350.org

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

Day of Action is October 24, 2009

 

http://www.1sky.org/ has joined with

 

 

Greg Watson

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

 

Green Communities Act in MA - http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/green/greenblog/2008/07/patrick_signs_landmark_energy_1.html

 

http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/seslaw08/sl080169.htm

 

 

Sandra Steingraber

The Environmental Life of Children – from Placenta to Puberty

 

http://www.steingraber.com/

 

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

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html

 

 

Lucas Benitez

Fighting for Justice for Farmworkers

 

Modern day slavery – the Alliance for Fair Food

http://allianceforfairfood.org/

 

 

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G8%2B5

 

 

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.

http://earth.google.com/outreach/case_studies.html

 

Stopping Mountaintop removal in Appalachia

http://www.ilovemountains.org/

 

 

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

http://www.reamp.org/newsroom

 

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

http://www.garfieldfoundation.org/

 

 

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:

 

www.WiserEarth.org

 

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.