Milwaukee Green Drinks

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 and ordering pizza from a company service pizza delivery across Phoenix. 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. ASX 200 (XJO) is the company that will be doing most of the investments, if you have any investment ideas, be sure to give them a call.

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

10/14/2015 – Heather Goetsch – Green Schools

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the October event: https://mgdoct2015.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, October 14th, 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: Heather Goetsch, Project Manager, Wisconsin Chapter, USGBC

TOPIC: Green Schools

SUMMARY: 

Instead of walking into places of opportunity, millions of students enter buildings where the air they breathe is filled with toxins and mold, where classrooms are poorly lit and overcrowded, and where resources are limited and outdated. Too many of our children are learning in buildings that compromise their health and ability to succeed. Our kids deserve better. Where they learn matters. Let’s talk about Green Schools and how you can impact their ability to thrive.

http://www.wgba.org

BIO: 

Heather Goetsch is the Project Manager for the Wisconsin Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In her role at USGBC, Heather works to grow and track membership, recruit and manage volunteer leadership, and collaborates to plan and execute local programming and events. Heather holds a B.S. in Conservation Environmental Science and a Master of Urban Planning from UW-Milwaukee. She also recently earned the LEED Green Associate credential.

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://mgdoct2015.eventbrite.com

9/9/2015 Fernando Reyes-Gonzalez – Johnson Controls & Corporate Sustainability

REGISTER/RSVP Today for the September event: http://mgdsept2015.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, September 9th, 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: Fernando Reyes-Gonzalez, Emissions & Energy Manager, Corporate Sustainability, Johnson Controls, Inc.

TOPIC: Corporate Sustainability at Johnson Controls, Inc.

SUMMARY: Exploring Johnson Controls, Inc.’s corporate sustainability efforts

http://www.johnsoncontrols.com/content/us/en/sustainability.html

BIO: 

Fernando is an Emissions & Energy Manager within the Corporate Sustainability Team. In this role, he is responsible for tracking the greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption, as well as waste generation that Johnson Controls has globally across its different divisions. He also supports the company’s external sustainability reporting to entities such as Global Reporting Initiative and Carbon Disclosure Project among others. Fernando has been part of Johnson Controls for eight years, and for the last six years has also participated as an active leader in the company’s Hispanic and LGBT employee resource groups.

Fernando is originally from Monterrey, Mexico and has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering from ITESM (Monterrey Tec); and a Masters in Environmental Management and Sustainability from IIT Stuart School of Business in Chicago, IL.

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 http://mgdsept2015.eventbrite.com

MKE Green Drinks July 15 at Tippe Gardens Rooftop

7/15/15 July Green Drinks at Tippe Organic Gardens

REGISTER/RSVP Today! –>  http://mkegreendrinksjulytippe.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, July 15, 2015 5:30-7:30 pm
WHERE: Tippe Church 125 W Saveland Ave Bayview, WI 53207 (then to Braise 1101 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204) <http://braiselocalfood.com/about-braise/contact-braise>

Parking: Plenty on the street around the church.
SPEAKER: Karin Conway, Tippe Church Garden Manager
TOPIC:  Growing sustainable organic food for the needy
Summary: Exploring possibilities with rooftop and raised bed gardens
Please join us at our own local Food Justice site in Bayview; http://www.tippechurch.org/tippe-community-gardens.html
Tippe Church serves the homeless and needy by growing organic produce in their 38 raised bed gardens, as well as Milwaukee’s first:  Church Semi-Intensive Vegetative Rooftop Pantry Garden!
All produce to be harvested and donated by DI Garden Keepers at the Unity Soup Kitchen and Congregation of the Great Spirit Food Pantry.  Much gratitude to all who have made this vision a reality, especially Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District, The Lake Michigan Foundation, American Rivers Foundation, PCUSA Food Justice Program… with special thanks to Hanging Gardens, a local rooftop garden builder.

Your tour guide will be our own Organic Growth Coach Karin Conway. Karin serves as the Garden Manager at Tippe Church as well as one of the co-hosts of Green Drinks. She is known as the Queen of Resources, because of her passion for utilizing resources. She is certified by VGI with a Food Leader certificate as well as a Permaculture Design Certification. All of the food that she and the other garden keepers grow is given to the needy in Milwaukee’s Bayview community. They have partnered with the Bayview Community Center and Unity Lutheran to facilitate distribution of fresh produce. Their work makes a big difference to the health of those who need a little assistance and can’t afford good clean nutritious food.
The rooftop garden was installed in 2014 by Hanging Gardens. Come see the rooftop as well as the 38 raised beds and other permaculture aspects of the gardens.

Agenda:
5:30 – 6:00: Arrival and Socializing
6:00 – 6:05: Intros
6:05 – 6:40: Speaker Presentation/ Tour
6:40 – 7:00: Q&A
7:00 – 7:30: Socializing (we’re moving the party over to Braise so we can get some Green Drinks)
7:30 MKE Green Drinks officially ends, and you are free to stay and socialize at Braise.
Don’t miss the fun!
Are you on our mailing list?  Sign up at http://www.MKEgreendrinks.org
REGISTER/RSVP Today! –> http://mkegreendrinksjulytippe.eventbrite.com

June MGD Cancelled – enjoy the weather – We’ll be back in July

Sorry for the last minute notice, but circumstances have forced us to cancel Milwaukee Green Drinks this month. Please look for an email from us in the coming weeks announcing two fun events this summer: School of Freshwater Sciences on July 8th and a farm tour.

5/13/2015 Erick Shambarger – City Energy Programs

5/13 – MAY MKE Green Drinks

REGISTER/RSVP Today http://mgdmay2015.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, May 13th, 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: Erick Shambarger, Deputy Director, Office of Environmental Sustainability

TOPIC: City of Milwaukee Energy and Energy Programs 

Summary: Exploring City of Milwaukee’s energy efficiency and energy programs for citizens and businesses. 

http://city.milwaukee.gov/sustainability
http://www.refreshmke.com

Bio:  Erick Shambarger is the Deputy Director of the City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability. The Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability was created by Mayor Tom Barrett to develop practical solutions that benefit Milwaukee’s environment and economy. Mr. Shambarger oversees the Milwaukee Energy Efficiency (Me2) program and the Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge, chairs the City’s Energy Reduction Team to reduce energy use across City operations, and promotes innovative storm water management practices and green infrastructure. Mr. Shambarger developed the idea of converting basements of abandoned properties into underground stormwater management structures called BaseTerns. He contributed to the Energy Chapter of the City’s ReFresh Milwaukee sustainability plan and manages the City’s PACE financing program. Prior to his current role, he served as City Economist in the City’s Budget and Management Division. 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: 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 http://mgdmay2015.eventbrite.com

4/8/2015 MKE Green Drinks – Victory Garden Initiative

4/8 – APRIL MKE Green Drinks

RSVP/ Register TODAY at http://mgdapril2015.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, April 8th, 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: Gretchen Mead, Executive Director, Victory Garden Initiative

TOPIC: Move Grass Grow Food – Victory Garden Initiative

RSVP/ Register TODAY at http://mgdapril2015.eventbrite.com

Summary: Victory Garden Initiative is a grassroots non-profit organization that teaches and promotes urban permaculture, builds gardens, organizes communities, grows food forests , and cultivates leadership. Our staff, volunteers, and supporters are all part of a vast and vibrant community that promotes social justice, environmental sustainability, food sovereignty, food security, and, of course, health and wellness. We are volunteers (over 300!), professionals, leaders, and learners.  We are growers, eaters, students, teachers, fathers, mothers, revolutionaries, and gardeners. We are Milwaukee.

http://www.victorygardeninitiative.org/
http://www.victorygardeninitiative.org/Blitz

Bio: Gretchen Mead founded Victory Garden Initiative in 2008. Throughout her career as a social worker she witnessed firsthand the negative impact that the current industrialized food system has on vulnerable populations. She observed that the poorest were the most susceptible to diet-related illnesses, especially where cheap processed foods are plentiful but fresh vegetables are all but inaccessible.

Gretchen’s outlook was shaped by her upbringing in rural Illinois, where her family harvested the bounty of nearby forests in addition to cultivating a family garden. Her approach to urban agriculture is informed by the principles of permaculture, a theory of ecological design that aims to work with nature instead of against it. Gretchen’s aspiration is to reintegrate our food ecology and our human ecology together in one system. She points out, “Our current agriculture system happens away from where people live; our goal is to reintegrate those systems.”ee.

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

RSVP/ Register TODAY at http://mgdapril2015.eventbrite.com