Kalamazoo Climate Action Plan
Jun
26
5:30 PM17:30

Kalamazoo Climate Action Plan

This month, Sara Jo Shipley will share successes and next steps for the City of Kalamazoo Climate Action Plan. 

Starting in 2016, Sara Jo became the Redevelopment Project Manager for the City of Kalamazoo. She manages, coordinates and implements redevelopment and economic development projects from conception to completion. She believes everyone should have choices on where they live, where they work and how they commute.  She believes her greater role in the development process is two parts: (1) to see brownfields redeveloped to its highest and best use, and (2) to influence policy towards the end of Kalamazoo achieving true sustainability (economically, environmentally and equitably).

Sara Jo grew up wanting to be a pro-basketball player but was sidelined by her height and her nice girl attitude.  She went on to study a little bit of everything at Washtenaw CC, Michigan State, and the University of Cincinnati picking up a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s in Community Planning. 

Come out to our neighborhood pub and meet Sara!

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Kanoe the Kazoo
May
29
5:30 PM17:30

Kanoe the Kazoo

An annual event since 2003, Kanoe the Kazoo and its many hosts work together to offer guided paddle trips along the Kalamazoo River, tributary streams, and local inland lakes to area citizens.  Our mission is to introduce residents and visitors to the beauty and recreational opportunities in our own backyard.  This year we are excited to announce many fun and unique paddle trips from June – September.

Also, stick around after the event for O'Duffy's Jazz Night at 7:30! 

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Open Roads Bike Program
Apr
24
5:30 PM17:30

Open Roads Bike Program

10 year anniversary of teaching social and bike mechanic skills to youth in Kalamazoo

Erin Denay, Executive Director, will share how Open Roads has grown over the past ten years through hard work and creative fundraising strategies. She will also share what's coming next from this inspiring local non-profit. 

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Bird-Friendly Building Design
Mar
27
5:30 PM17:30

Bird-Friendly Building Design

Collisions with glass claim the lives of a billion birds a year in the United States alone. It is second only to domestic cats as a source of mortality linked directly to humans.  Birds that have successfully flown thousands of miles on migration can die in seconds on a pane of glass.  Glass is as dangerous for strong, healthy breeding birds as it is for sick, weak, or young birds.  It is an indiscriminate killer with a serious impact on bird populations. 

Advances in technology have made it possible to construct tall buildings with all-glass walls, homes with huge windows, and miles of transparent noise-barriers on highways.  Because of this, there has been an increase in the amount of glass used in construction and subsequently, an increased impact on birds.  

This Green Drinks presentation will discuss why glass is such a problem for birds, differences in vision between birds and humans, identify the best practices and options in preventing bird collisions, inform about legislation at the Federal, State, and local levels regarding bird friendly building standards, and offer resources for further information about bird friendly building design. 

Gail Walter. Gail is a mostly retired clinical pathologist with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University who consults primarily for the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries.  Gail is a former board member and President of the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo, a current board member of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy and is a member of Wild Ones and Michigan Botanical Club.  She has been the driving force behind the Peregrine Falcon Cam in downtown Kalamazoo and serves as the liaison between the Peregrines and the building owners and tenants, the media, the Department of Natural Resources,  and the public.  Gail and her husband Tom Nehil are active hikers, cross country skiers, birders, and canoeists.

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Greening Your Investments
Feb
27
5:30 PM17:30

Greening Your Investments

Jeff K. Ross, CLU, ChFC

Jeff K. Ross is the principal and founder of Jeff K. Ross Financial Services, LLC and has been providing people with financial guidance since 1986. What really motivates him to be productive with his practice is to bring value into people’s lives and help people feel like they are a part of something bigger than just a number on the dotted line, at the end of a quarter. Join us today at Green Drinks Kalamazoo for a free, professional update on current environmentally and socially conscious investment trends. More info >

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Trump's Climate Policies - One Year In
Jan
30
5:30 PM17:30

Trump's Climate Policies - One Year In

After a year of North Korea, tax reform, health care, the Russia Investigation, and Trump Tweets you might be wondering - where are we on climate change? This month we're going to look at various environmental organizations' efforts to score the Trump Administration and listen to two PhD's argue about how much we should worry about the results. Professors Sarah Hill and David Karowe will join us this month at Kalamazoo Green Drinks.

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Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman
Oct
24
5:30 PM17:30

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

RSVP Required by October 10: AUTOMATED REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Limited capacity is still available, so please email swmsbf@naturecenter.org if you missed registration.

Green Drinks Kalamazoo and the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a FREE screening of the new documentary RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN at Bell's Eccentric Café.

RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN tells the inspiring story of heartland heroes who are feeding the world while stewarding the land and water. The film is a tribute to people like Justin Knopf, a fifth-generation Kansas farmer revolutionizing industrial scale agriculture to rebuild his soil, and Dusty Crary, a fourth-generation Montana rancher who forged alliances between cattlemen, federal agencies, hunters and environmental groups to protect the Rocky Mountain Front. 

Based on the book by Miriam Horn, RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN was directed by Oscar-nominee and Emmy-winner Susan Froemke and Emmy-winner John Hoffman. 

The film premiered to great acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on the Discovery Channel August 31st.

For more information, please visit: http://Discovery.com/RancherFarmerFisherman

Doors: 5:30pm
Screening: 6:00pm (90 minutes)
Guided discussion to follow.

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Lake Village Homestead
Sep
26
5:30 PM17:30

Lake Village Homestead

This month's Green Drinks will be an interactive tour of the Lake Village Farm and Nature Preserve. Come learn about Lake Village Homestead's pasture-based, beyond organic farm cooperative located eight miles from downtown Kalamazoo since 1971.

The Lake Village cooperative stewards 275 acres, including 1 1/2 miles of protected lakeshore. They offer sustainably grown local food, nature recreation, community living, and farm education.

Come walk the land, meet the animals and sit down for some farm hotdogs. Alcoholic beverages will not be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own.

More info at www.lakevillagehomestead.org

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BCK CISMA
Aug
22
5:30 PM17:30

BCK CISMA

The Barry, Calhoun, and Kalamazoo Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area's (BCK CISMA) main objective is a early detection of and rapid response to invasive species in our area. The BCK CISMA has also received funding to hire a "Strike Team" to begin surveys and respond to populations of high priority invasive species. Join us at Green Drinks this Tuesday to learn more from Ryan Koziatek. More info >

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Tillers International
Jul
25
5:30 PM17:30

Tillers International

Tillers International preserves rural skills and tools that are relevant to smallholder farming communities and artisans, both in the U.S. and overseas. In Scotts, MI they host between 80-100 classes a year in animal powered farming, blacksmithing, woodworking, and many other homesteading skills. Tillers is currently working in four different African countries to maximize the use of ox-power on small farms. This includes tool design/development and rural trainings. More info >

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A Kalamazoo Builder's LEED Certified Home
Mar
28
5:30 PM17:30

A Kalamazoo Builder's LEED Certified Home

The Abueva Family Home - A Builder's Proof of Concept

The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program is the most widely adopted green building certification program in the world. Paul Abueva, a sustainability minded, Kalamazoo-based homebuilder, decided to put LEED into practice on his family's new home. Come to Green Drinks this month and learn about the Abueva Family's green construction journey, learn about LEED, and make some new friends. Tool belts not required. More info >

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A Sustainable HopCat
Jan
24
5:30 PM17:30

A Sustainable HopCat

Come out for the first ever Green Drinks at the new HopCat Kalamazoo! This month we'll hear from Autumn Sands, manager of HopCat's sustainability programs. Pick from over 100 craft beers on draft while we kick back and hear about the great things happening at Kalamazoo's newest watering hole.

An excerpt from HopCat's website to get you excited:

WE DON'T MAKE TRASH. WE MAKE SOIL.

Sustainability - it isn't just a 14-letter word

We're serious about our role as conscientious business owners, constantly looking for ways we can be better stewards of our environment. We recycle or compost most of our waste, reducing the amount of trash going to landfills and incinerators by 90 percent. We also strive to source food and products from companies with similar commitments. Read More >

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Legislative update with Denise Keele
Nov
22
5:30 PM17:30

Legislative update with Denise Keele

What Now?

This month's Green Drinks will focus on the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election. Join us for a short, post-election legislative update from Denise Keele, Associate Professor of Political Science and and Environmental and Sustainability Studies at WMU. Depending upon the outcome of the election, Dr. Keele may be sober enough for Q&A afterwards.

5:30-7:30pm at Louie's Trophyhouse Grill

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Green Drinks at Fido Motors Café
Oct
25
5:30 PM17:30

Green Drinks at Fido Motors Café

This month Green Drinks will be hosted by Fido Motors, manufacturer of awesome electric scooters made in Kalamazoo! Come check out the Model 1 Limited Edition, which is currently available for pre-order. We'll also get a tour of the brand new Fido Café and ever evolving Jericho complex. Limited beer and wine will be provided at no cost for 21+ and coffee drinks will be available for purchase in the café (also feel free to BYOB). Dress for outside temps as portions of the complex are unheated.

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Feb
23
5:30 PM17:30

Green Drinks

Obama's Clean Power Plan: 10 Minute Overview with Q&A

Robert Paul, a Western Michigan University public law student, will speak to Green Drinks Kalamazoo about the EPA’s recently finalized Clean Power Plan. His talk will highlight the important pillars of President Obama's plan and the Clean Air Act, as well as address some of the judicial challenges the Clean Power Plan has already begun to face.

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Jan
26
5:30 PM17:30

Green Drinks

Kieser & Associates Pollinator Habitat Project

Kieser & Associates, the American Farmland Trust, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and MSU will be unveiling an ambitious, USDA funded project to fight the severe decline of pollinator habitat in the United States. The team will pilot their approach in Michigan with the goal of developing guidance for broader, national level application. Join us for a special Green Drinks at Kieser & Associates and learn about this exciting project!

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Nov
24
5:30 PM17:30

Green Drinks

This Month: Make Friends!

Join us for a special Green Drinks devoted entirely to connecting with each other. This time you'll actually meet everyone in the room instead of staring off into the eyes of the white buffalo. Make some friends, hatch plans to save the Universe, and enjoy your favorite frosty beverage. Structured networking provided - you do the rest!

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Oct
27
5:30 PM17:30

Green Drinks

Sustainability at Bell's Brewery

Join us for a sustainability tour and tasting at Bell's Brewery in Comstock, MI. In the world of craft beer many breweries tout their sustainability initiatives in advertisements and on their products. Bell's has chosen a different path. Keep packaging beautiful, make great beer, and practice sustainability because it's the right thing to do - not because it's hip to be green. You'll be surprised and delighted by this special look behind the curtain of Michigan's largest brewery.

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Sep
22
5:30 PM17:30

Green Drinks

10 Minute Introduction to Project Zero with Matt Hollander

What if we didn't waste anything at all? Project Zero is a new initiative launched by the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum to help us collaborate, learn, innovative, and embark upon journeys toward zero waste. Have a drink and imagine a world without waste!

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Green Drinks
Aug
25
5:30 PM17:30

Green Drinks

10 Minute Update: Kalamazoo River Watershed Land Conservation Plan

Join the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, MDEQ, and Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy for a 10 minute talk on the recent release of a land conservation plan for the Kalamazoo River Watershed. Click here to download the plan.

Local Watering Hole: Louie's

Louie's Trophy House Grill is a Kalamazoo institution and has been serving the area for nearly 100 years. In addition to great local beers, Louie's stocks a full bar and has a complete dinner menu. Green Drinks is hosted in Louie's Back Room and is followed at 8:00pm by Comedy Night.

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Green Drinks
Jul
28
5:30 PM17:30

Green Drinks

10 Minutes With: Van-Kal Permaculture

Van-Kal Permaculture is a community group focused on sustainable living in Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties. Members share skills through web forums, gatherings, community projects, and garden tours. Come learn about the group, their recent projects, permaculture, and more! 

Local Watering Hole: Louie's

Louie's Trophy House Grill is a Kalamazoo institution and has been serving the area for nearly 100 years. In addition to great local beers, Louie's stocks a full bar and has a complete dinner menu. Green Drinks is hosted in Louie's Back Room and is followed at 8:00pm by Comedy Night.

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Green Drinks
Jun
23
5:30 PM17:30

Green Drinks

10 Minutes With: The KVCC-WMU Sustainable Craft Brewing Program

Students at KVCC and WMU will soon have the opportunity to earn degrees in sustainable craft brewing. Steve Bertman, Ed Martini, Dean McCurdy and Mike Babb will be at Green Drinks to talk about their exciting new collaboration.

Local Watering Hole: Louie's Trophy House Grill

We're changing it up this month and holding Green Drinks at Louie's Trophy House Grill. In addition to great local beers, Louie's stocks a full bar and has a complete dinner menu. We'll be in their Back Room and (hopefully) everyone will be able to hear each other.

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