Milwaukee Green Drinks

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

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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

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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

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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!

2/18/2016: Tim McCollow – HOME GR/OWN Program

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the February event: https://mgdfeb2016.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, February 18th, 2016  5:30 – 7:30 PM

WHERE:

USGBC-WI Chapter offices

2123 W Michigan St

Suite 101

Milwaukee, WI 53233

TOPIC: 

Growing Food, Growing Opportunities: City of Milwaukee’s HOME GR/OWN Program

SPEAKER: 

Tim McCollow, HOME GR/OWN Program Manager, City of Milwaukee, Environmental Collaboration Office

SUMMARY: 

HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee empowers residents to transform neighborhoods by transforming vacant lots into community assets that spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and distribution and healthy, vibrant new community spaces. The goal of the program is to increase access to and demand for healthy foods in targeted low-income neighborhoods in the City of Milwaukee. HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is an initiative of Mayor Tom Barrett, led by the City’s Environmental Collaboration Office (formerly Office of Environmental Sustainability).

HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is a Catalytic Project of the City of Milwaukee’s ReFresh Milwaukee Sustainability Plan, promoting cross-cutting sustainability outcomes that mirror goals and targets throughout the City’s Sustainability Plan. The project encompasses multiple Sustainability Plan goals across several themes and will benefit from collaborative and strategic direction-setting and resource investment from the community

SPEAKER BIO: 

Tim is the project manager for Milwaukee’s HOME GR/OWN initiative. Tim comes to his work in community food systems through a non-traditional path. Trained as a zoologist & environmental/energy analyst, Tim spent over 2 decades managing natural gas purchasing and risk management for WE Energies prior to starting in the City’s Office of Environmental Sustainability in 2010. As part of a City/CBO team, Tim helped to develop Mayor Tom Barrett’s HOME GR/OWN Initiative. Tim also serves on the Steering Committees for the Milwaukee Food Council and the Institute for Urban Agriculture & Nutrition.

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, and you are free to stay and socialize

Don’t miss the fun!

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the February event: https://mgdfeb2016.eventbrite.com

NEXT EVENT:

Thursday, March 17th, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm

Community Action & Food – Outpost Natural Foods

Location TBD

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Happy 2016 MKE Green Drinkers!

Welcome to 2016! The Leadership Committee had a productive meeting a couple of weeks ago and have cooked up some great topics for this year’s programming.

But before we dive into the topics/speakers for this year, a couple of logistical changes:

  1. We have decided to change the regular meeting night to the THIRD THURSDAY of every month. (Kind of rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) In an effort to get more people to attend, we want to give a different night a go.
  2. We have tried to integrate more tours and site visits into this year’s programming, so be sure to make note of the location changes for these events. We are also looking at changing up our normal meeting place – watch for this announcement with the February event.

With that, here is this year’s proposed line up:

February 18 – City of Milwaukee’s HOME GR/OWN program

Speaker: Tim McCollow, HOME GR/OWN Project Manager

March 17 – Community Action & Food (Outpost Natural Foods)

April 21- Beepods

May 19 – Human Trafficking

June 16 – Milwaukee Central Library’s Green Roof Tour

Location: Central Library, watering hole after the tour TBD

July 21 – Lakefront Brewery Green Tour

Location: Lakefront Brewery

August 18 – eWaste to eTreasure: Bridging the Digital Divide by Repurposing eWaste

Speaker: Digital Bridge

September 15 – Local Food Panel

Tentative Speakers: Hawthorne Coffee, Purple Door Ice Cream, Tabal Chocolate, Rishi Tea, Clockshadow Creamery

October 20 – Corporate Sustainability

November 17 – Sustainable Enterprise Association of Milwaukee (SEAM)

Put these dates in your calendars and we hope to see you at our events this year!

P.S. – Don’t forget to share these events with your friends!

11/11/2015 – Marion Ecks – Kompost Kids

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the October event: https://mgdnov2015.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!

NEXT EVENT: Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE:

  • Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. 901 W Juneau, Milwaukee. map it This unique German-style beer hall is located in the Pabst Brewery re-development. The “Brewery” was recently awarded LEED-ND Platinum, making it one of the greenest neighborhood developments in the US. http://www.bestplacemilwaukee.com/
  • Parking: There is free two-hour street parking until 9pm in front of the building, or metered parking on 8th Street and 10th Street. Caution: they do ticket in the evening here. Alternatively, the parking structure across the street offers parking at $0.75/hour, unless there is a special event.

 

SPEAKER: Marion Ecks, Secretary of the Board of Directors, Kompost Kids

TOPIC: Community Composting

SUMMARY: 

Kompost Kids is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming our “waste” stream through active landfill diversion and local disposal of food residuals and other compostables. Kompost Kids’ mission is to educate the public, individuals, businesses, and institutions about the benefits of compost and to reclaim organic materials from landfills to create soil for community-based agriculture projects.

http://kompostkids.org/

BIO: 

Marion Ecks is the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Kompost Kids. She is a founding volunteer and has been with Kompost Kids since 2011. She is a Compost Coordinator for the Bay View Bash and prior to her involvement with Kompost Kids, she was a Volunteer Compost Courier and Composter for three years with the Milwaukee Community Compost Network.

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, and you are free to stay and socialize

Don’t miss the fun!

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

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the October event: https://mgdnov2015.eventbrite.com