Composting with My Green Michigan
Jul
23
5:30 PM17:30

Composting with My Green Michigan

My Green Michigan (MGM) is a company that was founded on the belief that there must be a more sustainable and responsible way to handle the ever-increasing quantity of food scrap material being deposited into our landfills.

MGM is located in Dimondale Michigan, but covers all of lower Michigan, from Detroit to Grand Rapids.  MGM specializes in food scrap recovery within the corporate, food service, educational, and local community spaces.  Their expertise focuses on the logistics, transportation, staff training, and support associated with launching food scrap compost/recovery programs at diverse types of facilities.  My Greens clients range from local businesses up to large corporations, all with the common goal of being environmentally and socially responsible.   Ultimately, MGM develops solutions that help your organization and the communities that surround it to achieve green goals and initiatives.

Come join us & meet Todd Hauser!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Please stick around after the event for an open discussion regarding venue. We’d like to open the floor for any comments you may have about where to host Green Drinks in the future. Our goal is to meet at a venue that is safe, welcoming and shares the values of our group. Thank you for your continued support & attendance!

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Unlocking the Potential of Bikes for Everyday Transportation
May
28
5:30 PM17:30

Unlocking the Potential of Bikes for Everyday Transportation

Join us for a HANDS ON presentation from Matt Hollander about using bicycles as your primary form of transportation. Kids to haul around? 50lb bags of food for your massive beast? Kalamazoo winters? Lumber for your tiny house? 240 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon? There’s a thing for that and more. We’ll talk specialty cargo bikes as well as what you’ll need in order to use your ordinary bike to carry more than just you.

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Ali Leist with The Kalamazoo Bee Club
Mar
26
5:30 PM17:30

Ali Leist with The Kalamazoo Bee Club

The purpose of the KBC is to educate and provide resources to people who want to keep bees, support those who already keep bees, and to provide bee-related services to the community.

Ali Leist began to play with honeybees in 2013 after her colleagues wrote a grant to start an apiary at Western Michigan University’s Colony Farm Orchard. Soon after she became the co-director of WMU’s Apiary Research Installment and facilitated a partnership with the Kalamazoo Bee Club (KBC). Over the past 4 years she has served on the board of the KBC where the art and science of beekeeping has become a favorite hobby. Ali loves learning with others in the field and sharing her passions with anyone willing to listen.


Join us to hear more on the Kalamazoo Bee Club, upcoming activities and ways to get involved!

For more information, go to kalamazoobeeclub.com

 Presentation to start at 6 PM.

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What does it mean to have a Green Burial?
Feb
26
5:30 PM17:30

What does it mean to have a Green Burial?

Alycia Lee is a mother and yoga teacher and has been living in the Kalamazoo area for 26 years. After recently learning about eco-burial she’s been looking for ways to make it a reality in our area and is starting a business to help people with alternative funeral and burial options. This talk will be an overview of what eco or “green burial” is and why we should consider it.

Presentation will start around 6 PM.

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Making Lumber From Your Own Logs
Jan
22
5:30 PM17:30

Making Lumber From Your Own Logs

John and Geri Newell founded Primal Woods because they wanted to further their lives in a way that brought them closer to the earth, their community, and each other. They left the corporate world, the city and the suburbs, and moved to a rural home in Southwest Michigan.

“Beyond a physical move, this was also a move towards greater self­-sufficiency, a reliance on local resources and people for those things we cannot or choose not to provide for ourselves,” says John Newell. “It was also a move toward a business that serves the community, including suppliers, employees, and customers, as well as ourselves.”

Primal Woods offers portable sawmill services to property owners in Southwest Michigan who want to make lumber from their own logs using sustainable methods. Join us at Green Drinks to hear more from John Newell, expert sawyer.

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FREE Fracking Films Double Feature
Oct
30
5:30 PM17:30

FREE Fracking Films Double Feature

Green Drinks Kalamazoo and the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a FREE screening of the documentaries Water Warriors and Triple Divide [Redacted]

Water Warriors is about a Canadian community fighting fracking. Triple Divide [Redacted] looks at five years of investigations into a water contamination cover up in one of the United States' most pristine watersheds.

Doors: 5:30pm
Screening and guided discussion to follow

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Sep
25
5:30 PM17:30

Wildlife Habitat Grant Program

This month, Clay Buchanan, Wildlife Biologist for the MDNR Wildlife Division, and Chip Kosloski, Program Manager in the Grants Management Section of the MDNR, will discuss The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program.
 

The program offers an opportunity for the DNR to partner with other conservation focused organizations to improve our land for the benefit of wildlife and people alike.  These are competitive programs where the applicants, often with input from DNR staff, develop plans to restore or improve habitat that has been degraded or lost due to vegetative succession, human use, or disturbance.


Join us to learn more!!

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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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