Milwaukee Green Drinks

Social Hour on 09/21/2017 @ Lakefront Brewery

Apologies for the radio silence everyone! Due to work and family events over the past few months, it has been hard to coordinate our gatherings. Please join us for our next event in September at Lakefront Brewery – details below.

If anyone is interested in becoming more involved with the group to help us have more consistent meetings (could be as small as showing up at an event and letting attendees know where to go if I am unavailable), please let me know by filling in your information below.

I hope everyone has been having a wonderful summer!

Rose

 

REGISTER/RSVP for the September event: https://mgdsept2017.eventbrite.com

Green Drinks Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Green Networking Event

Join us for good drinks, good conversation and a chance to network with other environmentally minded people. Let’s bring together the environmental/ green/ sustainability community in Milwaukee and have fun doing it!

Our social hour will be held at Lakefront Brewery – the first certified organic brewery in the country!

Light appetizers will be provided.

WHEN:

Thursday, September 21, 2017  5:30 – 7:30 PM

WHERE:

Lakefront Brewery

1872 N Commerce St

Milwaukee, WI  53212

VENUE HISTORY: 

Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery began as a hobby spurred on by sibling rivalry between Brewery President Russ Klisch and his brother, Jim. In 1987 sold its first barrel of beer to the Gordon Park Pub and the rest is history. The brewery has since become a Milwaukee landmark and has integrated tenets of sustainability into many aspects of its operations. Here are some highlights:

  • Throughout its history, Lakefront Brewery has inhabited and re-developed old buildings. From an old bakery building in Riverwest to the current building that used to house the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company’s coal-fired power plant and the historical lights originally designed for and hung in the Plankinton Hotel in 1916 for their beer hall, the brewery has helped keep historical preservation and renewing old infrastructure alive.
  • In 1996, Lakefront became the first certified organic brewery in the country and made the country’s first certified organic beer, the “Organic ESB (Extra Special Bitter)”. The ESB is still made today and has always been made with 100% organic malt and 100% organic hops.
  • In 2005, Russ began to work with local farmers to grow both hops and barley here in Wisconsin. Both were grown here before prohibition and Russ wanted to help start the industry again and create beers with the flavor these local ingredients once provided. Russ provided hops rhizomes free of charge to several farmers to see if hops could be grown again in the state.
  • In 2009, the brewery produced Local Acre, the first beer since before prohibition made with 100% Wisconsin-grown hops and malt.
  • In 2012, the brewery took things one step further with the introduction of Wisconsinite. Wisconsinite is unique because it is brewed with a native Wisconsin yeast. This is the first time in North America that native yeast, along with locally grown ingredients, was used to make a beer.

 

REGISTER/RSVP for the September event: https://mgdsept2017.eventbrite.com

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3/16/2017 – Water Centric City Initiative

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the March event: https://mgdmarch2017.eventbrite.com

Green Drinks Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Monthly Green Networking Event

Join us for good drinks, good conversation and a chance to network with other environmentally minded people. Let’s bring together the environmental/ green/ sustainability community in Milwaukee and have fun doing it!

This month our social hour is at Lakefront Brewery – the first certified organic brewery in the country!

WHEN:

Thursday, March 16th, 2017  5:30 – 7:30 PM

WHERE:

Lakefront Brewery

1872 N Commerce St

Milwaukee, WI  53212

TOPIC:

City of Milwaukee’s Water Centric City Initiative

SPEAKER:

Erick Shambarger, Sustainability Director, Environmental Collaboration Office, City of Milwaukee

SUMMARY: 

The City of Milwaukee’s sustainability plan – ReFresh Milwaukee – sets out goals for the city around water. One of these goals is to establish Milwaukee as America’s Water Centric City.

The City of Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) is launching the new Water Centric City initiative by celebrating Water Week from March 20-24, 2017, coinciding with the United Nations’ World Water Day on March 22.

Every day during Water Week, ECO is partnering with amazing water organizations based in Milwaukee to showcase all of the local public, private, and non-profit efforts making Milwaukee a Water Centric City.

Come learn about the free public events planned for Water Week and how Milwaukee is thinking globally but acting locally to become America’s Water Centric City!

Water Week Events

Monday: Milwaukee’s Harbor District Open House with Sweet Water and Harbor District Inc.

Tuesday: Green Infrastructure Talk and Lunch with Stormwater Solutions Engineering & MMSD

Wednesday: Milwaukee Water Bus Tour with John Gurda (small fee)

Thursday: Hike Along the MKE River with River Revitalization Foundation and Milwaukee Riverkeeper

Friday: Milwaukee Water Social with Mayor Barrett at Good City Brewing

SPEAKER BIO:

Erick Shambarger is the Director of Environmental Sustainability at the City of Milwaukee, where he leads the Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO).  ECO was created by Mayor Tom Barrett to develop practical solutions that benefit Milwaukee’s environment and economy. Mr. Shambarger developed the Milwaukee Energy Efficiency (Me2) program and PACE financing program.  He developed the Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge program, chaired the City’s Energy Reduction Team to reduce energy use across City operations, and promotes innovative storm water management practices and green infrastructure. He oversees implementation of ECO programs and the ReFresh Milwaukee sustainability plan. He also leads ECO’s involvement in national and global partnerships.  Prior to his current role, he served as Deputy Director of ECO for 5 years, and as City Economist in the Budget and Management Division before that.  He holds a Masters of Public Affairs degree from the University of Wisconsin and certificates in Water Technology and Energy Analysis and Policy.

TYPICAL AGENDA:

5:30 – 6:00: Socializing

6:00 – 6:05: Introductions

6:05 – 6:40: Speaker Presentation

6:40 – 7:00: Q&A

7:00 – 7:30: Socializing

7:30: MKE Green Drinks officially ends, but you are free to stay and socialize until the brewery closes at 8 PM!

Don’t miss the fun!

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the March event: https://mgdmarch2017.eventbrite.com

 

NEXT EVENT:

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 5:30-7:30 pm

Social Hour

Location: TBD

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2/16/2017 – February Social Hour

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the February event: https://mgdfeb2017.eventbrite.com

 

This month our social hour is at Lakefront Brewery – the first certified organic brewery in the country – we had fun in August, so let’s try it again!

WHEN:

Thursday, February 16th, 2017  5:30 – 7:30 PM

WHERE:

Lakefront Brewery

1872 N Commerce St

Milwaukee, WI  53212

VENUE HISTORY: 

Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery began as a hobby spurred on by sibling rivalry between Brewery President Russ Klisch and his brother, Jim. In 1987 sold its first barrel of beer to the Gordon Park Pub and the rest is history. The brewery has since become a Milwaukee landmark and has integrated tenets of sustainability into many aspects of its operations. Here are some highlights:

  • Throughout its history, Lakefront Brewery has inhabited and re-developed old buildings. From an old bakery building in Riverwest to the current building that used to house the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company’s coal-fired power plant and the historical lights originally designed for and hung in the Plankinton Hotel in 1916 for their beer hall, the brewery has helped keep historical preservation and renewing old infrastructure alive.
  • In 1996, Lakefront became the first certified organic brewery in the country and made the country’s first certified organic beer, the “Organic ESB (Extra Special Bitter)”. The ESB is still made today and has always been made with 100% organic malt and 100% organic hops.
  • In 2005, Russ began to work with local farmers to grow both hops and barley here in Wisconsin. Both were grown here before prohibition and Russ wanted to help start the industry again and create beers with the flavor these local ingredients once provided. Russ provided hops rhizomes free of charge to several farmers to see if hops could be grown again in the state.
  • In 2009, the brewery produced Local Acre, the first beer since before prohibition made with 100% Wisconsin-grown hops and malt.
  • In 2012, the brewery took things one step further with the introduction of Wisconsinite. Wisconsinite is unique because it is brewed with a native Wisconsin yeast. This is the first time in North America that native yeast, along with locally grown ingredients, was used to make a beer.

 

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the February event: https://mgdfeb2017.eventbrite.com

NEXT EVENT:

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: TBD

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8/18/2016 – Lakefront Brewery Tour

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the August event: http://mgdaug2016.eventbrite.com

Source: http://www.visitmilwaukee.org/green/sustainability

Source: http://www.visitmilwaukee.org/green/sustainability

Green Drinks Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Monthly Green Networking Event

Join us for good drinks, good conversation and a chance to network with other environmentally minded people. Let’s bring together the environmental/ green/ sustainability community in Milwaukee and have fun doing it!

WHEN:

Thursday, August 18th, 2016  5:30 – 7:30 PM

NOTE: due to high volume of groups at the brewery this night, we will be having our tour right at 5:30 PM.

WHERE:

Tour:

Lakefront Brewery

1872 N Commerce St

Milwaukee, WI  53212

TOPIC: 

Tour of Lakefront Brewery

SPEAKER: 

TBD, Tour Guide

COST: 

$9 for tour. Paying using the link above will help make sure we meet the minimum for a tour and reduce the hassle at the brewery.

Free for socializing

SUMMARY: 

Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery began as a hobby spurred on by sibling rivalry between Brewery President Russ Klisch and his brother, Jim. In 1987 sold its first barrel of beer to the Gordon Park Pub and the rest is history. The brewery has since become a Milwaukee landmark and has integrated tenets of sustainability into many aspects of its operations. Here are some highlights:

  • Throughout its history, Lakefront Brewery has inhabited and re-developed old buildings. From an old bakery building in Riverwest to the current building that used to house the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company’s coal-fired power plant and the historical lights originally designed for and hung in the Plankinton Hotel in 1916 for their beer hall, the brewery has helped keep historical preservation and renewing old infrastructure alive.
  • In 1996, Lakefront became the first certified organic brewery in the country and made the country’s first certified organic beer, the “Organic ESB (Extra Special Bitter)”. The ESB is still made today and has always been made with 100% organic malt and 100% organic hops.
  • In 2005, Russ began to work with local farmers to grow both hops and barley here in Wisconsin. Both were grown here before prohibition and Russ wanted to help start the industry again and create beers with the flavor these local ingredients once provided. Russ provided hops rhizomes free of charge to several farmers to see if hops could be grown again in the state.
  • In 2009, the brewery produced Local Acre, the first beer since before prohibition made with 100% Wisconsin-grown hops and malt.
  • In 2012, the brewery took things one step further with the introduction of Wisconsinite. Wisconsinite is unique because it is brewed with a native Wisconsin yeast. This is the first time in North America that native yeast, along with locally grown ingredients, was used to make a beer.

AGENDA:

5:30 – 6:00: Tour
6:00 – 7:30: Socializing & Appetizers
7:30: MKE Green Drinks officially ends, but you are free to stay and socialize until the brewery closes at 8 PM!

Don’t miss the fun!

NEXT EVENT:

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm

Sustainable & Local Food Panel

Location: TBD

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the August event: http://mgdaug2016.eventbrite.com

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July Event Postponed

We apologize for the last minute notice, but due to some scheduling issues, we are moving this month’s event – Lakefront Brewery tour – to our August slot on Thursday, August 18th.

Enjoy the month off and feel free to register for August’s event!

NEXT EVENT: Thursday, August 18th, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm

REGISTER/RSVP Today! 

http://mgdaug2016.eventbrite.com

WHERE:

 

SPEAKER: TBD Tour Guide, Lakefront Brewery

6/16/2016 – Milwaukee Public Library – Central Branch Green Roof Tour

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the June event: http://mgdjune2016.eventbrite.com

Source: http://www.mpl.org/blog/now/visit-mpls-green-roof

Green Drinks Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Monthly Green Networking Event

Join us for good drinks, good conversation and a chance to network with other environmentally minded people. Let’s bring together the environmental/ green/ sustainability community in Milwaukee and have fun doing it!

WHEN:

Thursday, June 16th, 2016  5:30 – 7:30 PM

WHERE:

Tour:

Milwaukee Central Library

814 W Wisconsin Ave

Milwaukee, WI  53233

Drinks:

Miller Time Pub & Grill

509 W Wisconsin Ave

Milwaukee, WI  53203

TOPIC: 

Tour of Milwaukee’s Central Library Green Roof

SPEAKER: 

Kirsten Thompson, Humanities, Archives and Special Collections, Milwaukee Public Library

SUMMARY: 

The Central Library opened its doors to the public on October 3, 1898. The original structure is a combination of French and Italian Renaissance styles built of Bedford limestone. Several additions help make up the block-long building that stands today. Central Library has been designated a landmark by the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2010, the Central Library took its first big step toward environmental sustainability with the addition of a 30,000 square foot green roof

with a 30KW solar panel system. As the building utilizes district steam for heating, library staff surveyed and repaired dozens of steam traps as well as upgraded facility air handling units. The City conducted facility energy audits in 2011 to identify additional energy saving opportunities. By 2012, the building’s energy use declined by more than 10%. As the Showcase Project for the City of Milwaukee’s participation in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge initiative, the building is set to reduce its energy use by at least 20% by the year 2020.

AGENDA:

5:30 – 6:00: Green Roof Tour
6:00 – 6:15: Walk to Miller Time Pub & Grill
6:15 – 7:30: Drinks & Socializing
7:30: MKE Green Drinks officially ends, but you are free to stay and socialize

Don’t miss the fun!

NEXT EVENT:

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm

Lakefront Brewery Green Tour

Location: Lakefront Brewery

 

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the June event: http://mgdjune2016.eventbrite.com

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May Social Hour

5/19 – MAY MKE Green Drinks

NEXT EVENT: Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

WHERE: Anodyne Coffee Roasters, Bayview Cafe & Pizza

2920 S Kinnickinnic, Milwaukee, WI  53207

Apologies for the late notice of our May event tomorrow. We had difficulties securing a May speaker and after an initial cancellation were unable to find a replacement.

But we are turning these crushed tomatoes into delicious wood fired pizza! Join us for a social hour at the Anodyne Coffee Roasters’ Bayview Cafe and Pizza place. This is a great chance to get to know your fellow Green Drinkers better in an informal setting.

Please register for the event so that we can give the cafe a heads up as to how many people we expect: http://mgdmay2016.eventbrite.com

Regular programming will be back starting next month for a jam-packed summer:

  • June 16th: Central Library Green Roof Tour
  • July 21st: Lakefront Brewery Green Tour

4/21/2016 – Charlie Koenen – Community Supported Pollination

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the April event: https://mgdapr2016.eventbrite.com

Green Drinks Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Monthly Green Networking Event

Join us for good drinks, good conversation and a chance to network with other environmentally minded people. Let’s bring together the environmental/ green/ sustainability community in Milwaukee and have fun doing it!

WHEN:

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE:

USGBC – WI Chapter offices

2123 W Michigan St

Suite 101

Milwaukee, WI  53233

TOPIC:

Save the Bees, Save the Planet: Community Supported Pollination

SPEAKER: 

Charlie Koenen, Founder, Beepods.com

SUMMARY: 

Honey bees are responsible for pollinating just over a third of the world’s food supply, but honey bee populations have been declining for decades. The innovative Beepods beekeeping system improves bee populations and helps the environment.

Beepods mission is to find new and creative ways to increase honey bee populations and pollination initiatives through awareness, education, and advocacy. They are ushering in a new era of beekeeping that is better for the bees and easier for the beekeepers.

SPEAKER BIO:

Charlie “CharBee” Koenen, Founder of Beepods.com, is a “Beevangelist” spreading the Buzz about bees and his new beekeeping system called Beepods. Koenen’s Beepods are making it chic to keep bees on rooftops, backyards, schools, churches, golf courses and retirement communities. Community Supported Pollination is a project to protect pollinators and advocate for the changes necessary to help them thrive again worldwide.

TYPICAL AGENDA:

5:30 – 6:00: Socializing
6:00 – 6:05: Intros
6:05 – 6:40: Speaker Presentation
6:40 – 7:00: Q&A
7:00 – 7:30: Socializing
7:30 MKE Green Drinks ends

Don’t miss the fun!

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the April event: https://mgdapr2016.eventbrite.com

NEXT EVENT:

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm

Human Trafficking

Speaker: To Be Announced

Location: TBD

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3/24/2016 – Jessy Servi & Mari Wood – Outpost Natural Foods & Community Action

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the March event: https://mgdmarch2016.eventbrite.com

Green Drinks Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Monthly Green Networking Event

Join us for good drinks, good conversation and a chance to network with other environmentally minded people. Let’s bring together the environmental/ green/ sustainability community in Milwaukee and have fun doing it!

WHEN:

Thursday, March 24th, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE:

USGBC – WI Chapter offices

2123 W Michigan St

Suite 101

Milwaukee, WI 53233

TOPIC:

Outpost Natural Foods & Community Action

SPEAKERS:

Jessy Servi, Sustainability Manager, Outpost Natural Foods

Mari Wood, Cooperative Relations Manager, Outpost Natural Foods

SUMMARY:

Outpost Natural Foods is a locally-owned cooperative where diversity is celebrated and education is part of everything sold. A co-op is a business voluntarily owned and controlled by the people who use it – its members. It’s operated solely for the benefit of its members and is founded on the belief that greater results can be achieved by working together. Outpost Natural Foods exists so that it’s owners have a healthy, diverse and sustainable community.

Outpost’s vision focuses on six end results:

  1. The community has access to products and services that promote personal and environmental health.
  2.  The community has access to organically and locally produced goods.
  3. The community is educated about choices that impact personal and environmental health.
  4. A community with commerce that is locally owned or locally oriented exists.
  5. The owners have a sense of connectedness, belonging and fellowship.
  6. The cooperative infrastructure is supported.

Outpost understands the need to care for the Earth and to fulfill their responsibility to preserve the environment for future generations. It is more than any single program or initiative, it is part of Outpost’s vision, and it’s demonstrated in numerous ways large and small. Outpost Natural Foods has been recognized by MMSD as “Green Luminary”, has made the EPA’s Top 30 Retail list, and has 56kW in solar panels up and running.

SPEAKER BIOS:

Jessy Servi is the Sustainability Manager for Outpost Natural Foods. Leveraging a diverse background in design, education, business, project management, and permaculture, Jessy brings ecological and social awareness to the business arena, promoting a triple bottom line strategy. She earned her MBA from Alverno College with a focus on sustainable business. She is also an advisor for the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and a 2014 fellow in the New Leaders Council.

Mari Wood has been the Cooperative Relations Manager at Outpost Natural Foods for the past 18 years of her 21 year career in the co-op sector. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Howard Bowers Fund, a fund hosted by the Cooperative Development Foundation that allocates grant money to consumer food co-ops’ management and boards for the purpose of education and training. Mari thinks that a lot of today’s problems could be remedied through the application of cooperative principles.

TYPICAL AGENDA:

5:30 – 6:00: Socializing
6:00 – 6:05: Intros
6:05 – 6:40: Speaker Presentation
6:40 – 7:00: Q&A
7:00 – 7:30: Socializing
7:30 MKE Green Drinks officially ends

Don’t miss the fun!

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the March event: https://mgdmarch2016.eventbrite.com

NEXT EVENT:

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm

Community Supported Pollination (CSP): Save the Bees, Save the Planet

Speaker: Charlie Koenen

Location: TBD

Are you on our mailing list? Sign up at http://www.MKEgreendrinks.org

 

February event TONIGHT!

Our February event begins in an hour! We are excited to have Tim McCollow, Ptpgram Manager for the City of Milwaukee’s HOME GR/OWN program as our speaker this evening.

WHERE: USGBC-WI Chapter offices

2123 W Michigan St, Milwaukee

WHEN: Tonight, Feb 18, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Hope to see you there!