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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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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

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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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!

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!

10/8 League of Conservation Voters

10/8 – October MKE Green Drinks

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: October 8th, 2014 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.

SPEAKER: Tom Stolp, Field Director, League of Conservation Voters

TOPIC: Taking on Wisconsin’s Sustainability Issues the Nonpartisan Way

Tom Stolp is the Field Director for the Milwaukee Office of the League of Conservation Voters. Tom joined the League in 2008 as the Western Wisconsin Organizer based in Eau Claire. That same year, he also founded Green Drinks Eau Claire! Now, as Field Director (based out of Milwaukee), Tom oversees efforts statewide to engage citizens, develop leaders, and strengthen the grassroots of Wisconsin’s conservation movement. Tom trains citizens on new engagement tactics, identifies and builds relationships with the always growing number of conservation voters, and helps constituents hold their legislators accountable. Tom leads our efforts to connect one-on-one with the people that Wisconsin’s conservation success is built upon.

In Tom’s words: “I’m a conservation voter because no other organization is more committed to the idea that natural resources should be free from partisan politics. As a conservation voter, I get to work with citizens across this great state who are passionate about creating solutions to the challenges we face.”

http://www.conservationvoters.org/

Attendance is FREE!  Don’t miss the fun!

8/13 Kohl’s Department Stores – Tari Emerson

8/13 – August MKE Green Drinks

RSVP/Register Today at http://mgdaug2014.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: August 13th, 2014 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.

SPEAKER: Tari Emerson, Director of Sustainability at Kohl’s Department Stores

TOPIC: Kohl’s Sustainability Program and the Journey to Economic Sustainability”

Tari Emerson, P.E. is the Director of Sustainability at Kohl’s. Tari manages the teams responsible for the utilities, sustainability and energy efficiency for all of Kohl’s 1,162 stores located in 49 states. In her tenure in sustainability, her achievements include developing an award winning energy efficiency program with consecutive year over year energy savings. In addition, she has managed the installation of over 150 activated solar power arrays.

She has over 25 years of experience working as an energy, facilities and environmental engineering manager. She is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer. She is the 2014 AEE International award winner for Energy Engineer of the Year.
http://www.kohlsgreen.com/
Kohl’s 2013 Sustainability Report (pdf) –

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 TODAY at http://mgdaug2014.eventbrite.com/

7/9 July Green Drinks – Ken Leinbach – Urban Ecology Center

7/09 – July Green Drinks

NOTE: JULY VENUE is back at Best Place in the Pabst redevelopment neighborhood.

RSVP/Register Today at http://mgdjuly2014.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: July 9th, 2014 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.

SPEAKER: Ken Leinbach, executive director of Urban Ecology Center

TOPIC: “Fostering ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood”

Ken Leinbach is the Executive Director of the Urban Ecology Center and a national leader in promoting community-based environmental education. Since 1998, Ken has developed the economically and environmentally sustainable community center, including the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project, the center’s award-winning urban education program. Under Ken’s guidance, the Urban Ecology Center built a $5 million state-of-the-art green facility, expanded by opening a second branch on Milwaukee’s west side and has become a significant asset to the city.

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 TODAY at http://mgdjuly2014.eventbrite.com/