Valparaiso Green Drinks

Since January 2011 I have organized and co-hosted monthly Green Drinks events to provide social networking opportunities for people interested in environmental and sustainability issues in Northwest Indiana. The meeting is usually held on the third Monday of each month at Cornucopia Coffee in Valparaiso, but is subject to change due to special events, speaker availability and/or conflicts with holidays. Please check the Green Drinks International site or our Facebook event page for details of upcoming events.

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Past Green Drinks speakers and programs have included:

Rod Ginter from Cardno JFNewValparaiso Rainwater Capture Initiative

Northwest Indiana Green Building Association Members: Sara Oudman of Treasure Homes, Chris Schwarzkopf of Energy Diagnostics and Kurt Kenning of Ultimate Energy Solutions: Panel Discussion on Building Energy Efficiency & Re-cap of 2010 Solar Tour

Sandy Rodriguez, Local Food Blogger & Innovator and Kevin Garcia of the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) led a discussion on local food initiatives.

Kathy Luther, Director of Environmental Programs at Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and Carl Lisek, Vice-President at Legacy Environmental Services led a discussion on local clean air initiatives.

Brian Cretton: Permaculture 101, a summary of key learnings he derived from his studies at Midwest Permaculture and UC-Santa Cruz.

Dan Plath, Founder of The Northwest Indiana Paddling Association (NWIPA) presented “Blueways Stewardship” and updated us on some of the group’s recent initiatives and achievements.

Tracy Hall, Northwest Indiana’s first NABCEP Certified Solar Photovoltaic Installer™, presented on solar energy.

Jennifer Birchfield, Water Program Director with Save the Dunes, updated us the group on several news items and initiatives, but focused on the Salt Creek Watershed/Thorgren basin project in Valparaiso.

Therese Davis, Executive Director from the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County presented “Recycling Is No Joke”

“Everglades of the North: Grand Kankakee Marsh” Documentary Preview. Local film maker Pat Wisniewski from For Goodness Sake Productions and the rest of her production team led and Q&A session about the upcoming film.
Attorney Kim Ferraro, Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) Director of Water and Agriculture Policy, and former Executive Director of the Legal Environmental Aid Foundation (LEAF) spoke about the recent HEC/LEAF merger.