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Houston Green Drinks



Mark your calendars for our next mixer:

May 13, 2014 @ 6pm

Location: Beavers, 2310 Decatur Street 



WHEN: September 24th - from 6-8pm
WHERE:  The Black Labrador - 4100 Montrose  (private room)
SPEAKER:  Larry Haines with Sunconomy

Come hear what it's like to design and build a TINY HOUSE

Tiny houses are a smart, sustainable, and energy efficient way to live.  Come learn what it's like to design, build, and live in your very own tiny house.  Larry Haines with Sunconomy will give a short presentation on the tiny house movement and provide access to his "70 Steps to Building a Tiny House" download. 

Larry will show us an example of the unique SSIP (steel structural insulated panels) he uses to create a superior building envelope.  It's not only energy efficient, but resistant to wind, fire, mold, water, earthquakes and termite proof.

Lots of excitement and lots of changes are on the way for Green Drinks Houston.  Come join us for a casual night of green talk amongst sustainably minded people.  We're in the process of planning our next mixer, so drop us an email at jen@greendrinkshouston.org and ask to be put on our mailing list for meeting announcements and other information. 


Green Drinks Houston





New friends, old acquaintances, great menus and lots of green talk


When:  August 27, 2013 from 6-8 pm

Where: Beavers - 2310 Decatur @ Washington Ave

Why:  Network, meet new friends & share ideas about sustainability

Featured Speaker:  Alison Carr - Clean Cities Coordinator


Allison Carr is an Air Quality Planner with the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) - the Metropolitan Planning Organization in the Houston region. She has worked with H-GAC since 2010 and has served as Clean Cities Coordinator since 2011. Carr actively supports multiple Air Quality programs that have a common goal of reducing pollutant emissions and improving regional air quality. In particular, she has been involved in development, administration, and outreach for many alternative transportation projects. Some of these activities include regional planning for electric vehicles and local programs that support cost-effective vehicle retrofits, replacements, or conversions. Carr has also collaborated on recent Sustainable Communities regional planning activities in the Houston area.

Prior to beginning her work with H-GAC, Carr supported renewable energy and energy efficiency policy analysis and outreach for the British Consulate-General in Houston. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University.

* Green Drinks special of the evening - Gin N' Jam - Housemade, local strawberry Pimm’s Jam, Citadelle Gin, Lemon, Soda $6

When:  July 17, 2013 from 6-8 pm

Where: Liberty Station - 2101 Washington Ave

Why:  Network, meet new friends & share ideas about sustainability

Guest Speaker:  Dustin Brackney with Hydroscapes Solutions

Dustin Brackney is a landscape architect by training graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2000. Shortly after graduating he worked at Atelier Dreiseitl in Germany where he first learned about green roofs and unique, artistic ways to deal with stormwater. He brought his passion back to Boston where he began designing and building residential landscapes. As a natural transition, in 2002 he collaborated with a long-time friend & colleague to begin designing and building green roofs as the market expanded. With Apex Green Roofs he built vegetated roofs of all varieties and sizes throughout New England and the Mid Atlantic regions. He frequently participates in discussions and lectures about the emerging technology and is one of the few experts in the field now residing in Texas.

In 2012 Dustin moved to Houston, TX and started Hydroscapes Solutions. During this transition he built on his knowledge of landscape and green roofs to include other emerging technologies relevant to our water resource including: rain gardens, bio-swales, living walls, pervious pavements and low-water irrigation systems.

At this Green Drinks event Dustin will be focusing on green roofs: their benefits, design logistics and what is driving the technology here in the United States.

When:  June 19, 2013 from 6-8 pm

Where: D & T Drive Inn (1307 Enid St)

Why:  Network, meet new friends & share ideas about sustainability

Guest Speaker:  Nell Wheeler with Water Conscious Rain Tanks

Nell Wheeler fabricates metal rain tanks in her off-grid workshop on Houston's north side.  A master plumber with over ten years of experience in commercial plumbing, Nell now focuses on rainwater collection.  She has designed and installed dozens of residential-scale rainwater harvesting systems and is keen to help others conserve water and reduce stormwater runoff.  Nell is also an avid gardener and seed saver.

When:  Earth Day - April 22nd!

Guest Speaker:  Susanna Kartye - LEED AP Homes

Susanna Kartye is a LEED AP Homes and owner of a recently completed LEED for Homes registered single-family residence here in Houston.  Come hear her speak about what it's like to build and live in a green home.  Mix and mingle with other LEED for Homes homeowners, designers, builders, and providers.

Learn more about Susanna's LEED certified home here:

    When:    March 27, 2013 from 6-8 pm  

Where:   Down House (1801 Yale St) 

Why:  Meet new friends and enjoy good conversation with like minded people

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Bob Randall - author of Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro Houston

Bob Randall is the Founding Executive Director of Urban Harvest a nonprofit organization that has helped build over 130 community gardens, teaches organic and permaculture principles and educates both children and adults about how to grow a garden.

He is extremely knowledgeable about all matters ecological, environmental, and agricultural, and has an ecological anthropology Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley. His book, "Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro Houston," is the definitive guide to growing your own food plants in the Houston area. He has grown peanuts near the Sahara, tapioca in the Philippines, and fruits from all over the world here in his local backyard.

After our speaker give us food for thought, hang around and enjoy the great conversation. Try the green drink special of the evening, the Might As Well (Basil, cucumber, Citadelle Gin, house vanilla syrup, lime, orange). Yum!

* Green Drinks Houston is a non-profit, volunteer run networking organization. We each pay for our own drinks and food, but the great conversation is free!

Learn more about Bob Randall here...

website - http://yearroundgardening.me/

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When:  February 27, 2013 from 6-8 pm

Where:  Whole Foods Market (701 Waugh @ W. Dallas)

Why:  Meet new friends and enjoy good conversation with like minded people

Guest Speaker:  Cal Morton with Texas Solar Outfitters

Our guest speaker will help us "get the converstion started" by telling us about new and exciting advancements in the world of solar power.  Come hear a few words from Houston's very own expert on solar power, Cal Morton with Texas Solar Outfitters. He'll help us "get the conversation started" by walking us through the fascinating history of solar power. Cal will take us on a journey from the creation of solar, how it spread across Europe to the U.S. market and finally down to the great sunshine filled state of Texas. Come learn about why and where the solar 'revolution' began and what's currently happening in today's solar technology. Then, stay for the tasty drinks and great conversation!

When: January 29, 2013 from 6-8 pm

Where:  Down House - 1801 Yale St

Why:  Great drinks & good conversation with like minded people

Guest speakers:  Chris Cusack & Sherry Eichberger

       A few words from Chris Cusack, co-owner of Down House, a local restaurant that features competition-level coffee, locally sourced cuisine, and a quality-focused bar program.

Next we'll hear from Sherry Eichberger about Triple Bottom Line Business.  Sherry Eichberger is the founder of One Green Street, a shop with purpose! One Green Street is an authentic Triple Bottom Line Business. A business of the future, where just as much attention is paid to the environment and the community as bottom line profits. Sherry recently founded EcoEDG, LLC, Ecological Education with an Edge. She believes that sustainable education is the key to a healthy lifestyle and a healthy planet.

Then stay to enjoy the great drinks and conversation!          

A message from your new Organizer, Jennifer Lam…

When I heard about Green Drinks in one of my Green Designation courses recently, I immediately sent an email to the Chapter asking about the next meeting.  Darlene sent me a prompt response and we began a brief correspondence that led to my accepting the Organizer’s position with the Houston Chapter.  This opportunity came at a great time for me, as my career begins to move in a greener direction.  I promise you my best efforts as your new Chapter Organizer.

Darlene and I have worked the past few days to make sure the transition of leadership goes smoothly.  I appreciate all she has done and am happy she is staying on to help with some of the tasks in front of us.  I feel I have made a good friend.  

          Please email me at jen@greendrinkshouston.org so I can add you to our mailing list.  Once I have located a meeting place and set a date for my first meeting, you will receive an email.  I look forward to meeting all of you and encourage you to bring your friends and co-workers.  I hope you will think of Green Drinks Houston as a place where you can meet new friends and business contacts, exchange ideas, discuss issues important to our planet …all in a relaxed environment.  Green Drinks is Green Networking at its best.          

As my plans for our Chapter begin to come together, I will be seeking the help of volunteers who want to be part of our future.   If you feel you would enjoy volunteering for our Chapter, please contact me.  I would love to hear from you.

Jennifer (Jen) Lam

Organizer, Green Drinks Houston