Green Drinks

Green-Drinks-2What is Green Drinks?

Board member Barbara Barry explains solar energy options.

Board member Barbara Barry explains solar energy options.

Every month people from the all over the Upper Valley get together for informal  social and educational sessions known as Green Drinks.

We have a lively mixture of individuals, businesses, politicians, non-profits, and municipal leaders. Everyone is welcome join in on the conversation and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever to other folks in the community. It’s a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.

Solarize program coordinator Zach Ralph speaking at Green Drinks event in 2014.

Solarize program coordinator Zach Ralph speaking at Green Drinks event in 2014.

In Woodstock Green Drinks is sponsored by Sustainable Woodstock and has been going on every month Since 2014. We invite local non-profits, businesses and individuals to make a short presentation that highlights their sustainability and “Green” initiatives in our area. Our hope is to foster an open and fun atmosphere which is welcoming to everyone that wants to join in. We work to engage people in new initiatives and empower them to get involved and take action in our communities. Green Drinks is a  platform to meet new people, explore new opportunities, and enjoy complimentary eats from local restaurants.

When and where?

If you haven’t attended Green Drinks yet they take place every 3rd Thursday of every Month. They are free and open to everyone. We work to keep the conversation around building a sustainable community alive at these events.

In Woodstock, we hold Green Drinks gatherings at the Worthy Kitchen, on Rt. 4 east of the village, or in other locations depending on the topic.

Contact Zach Ralph at Sustainable Woodstock for more information.  457-2911  or

“Collaboration is the key to efficient problem solving.  Green Drinks brings us all together in one room to meet like-minded people on the cutting edge of what’s next in sustainability.  Meeting people outside of your regular circles helps you avoid professional mono-culture.”

–A Green Drinks participant in New York City.

2018 Upcoming Schedule:

Why work so hard when you can help save the planet instead?

Presenter: Karl Rosengrant
WHEN:Thursday Dec. 20th 5:30-6:30
WHERE: At the Forest Center at the Marsh-Billing-Rockefeller National Historic Park, 54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT 05091

We are very excited to have local Upper Valley resident, Karl Rosengrant, lead a very time relevant discussion about living minimally and creating a zero-waste household. Karl currently lives a very low consumption, low cost lifestyle. He lives in a 380sf tiny house on my farm called Smallfoot. He only uses about 2gal of water a day and has reduced his ecological footprint to that of the average person from India. And the great news is that his expenses are now so low that he doesn’t have to work nearly as much!

High school Students Share Water Quality Projects with the Public!

WHAT: Green Drinks- WUHS Watershed and Water Quality Projects
WHERE: Thursday Nov 15th 5:30-7:00
WHEN: At the Forest Center at the Marsh-Billing-Rockefeller National Historic Park 54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT 05091

Teacher, Vanessa Cramer’s AP Environmental Science class has been learning about watersheds and water quality issues in the state and across the country this past semester. They have been exploring the different causes of water quality issues and Cramer has given them the assignment of communicating their learning about watersheds and water quality with the community. They are crafting posters on topics such as agricultural runoff, pharmaceuticals in our water bodies, the impacts of dams and algae blooms among others.

Join us at the Forest Center to hear from each of the students about their project and then speak with them one on one after the presentation. Ask questions, find out what interests our youth today, and discover what our students are learning!

Mushroom Foraging at Mt Peg- Green Drinks
Upper Valley Land Trust– Green Drinks
PRESENTER: Alison Marchione
WHEN: October 18th 5:30pm
WHERE: Worthy Kitchen 442 Woodstock Rd, Woodstock, VT 05091

Upper Valley Land Trust Programs Director Alison Marchione will be presenting on UVLT’s history and mission of land conservation in the Upper Valley with a call to action for folks interested in joining a dynamic group of volunteers. UVLT is a non-profit, regional land conservancy working in 45 Vermont and New Hampshire towns along the Connecticut River Valley. For the past 33 years UVLT has worked to protect the vulnerable places in our valley – farms and forests, rivers and wetlands, recreational areas and community land marks. This presentation will touch on both the work that UVLT has done, our plans for the future, and why land conservation is important for all of us in our changing world.
WHEN: Thursday September 20, 2018 5:30-7:00
WHERE: MT Peg Golf Ave Trail Entrance, 18 Golf Ave Woodstock VT

Join veteran mushroom forager, Faith Hunt, for a presentation on edible mushrooms that can be found in September in Vermont. Forage in the woods of Mt Peg for some tasty edibles, which include Lobster Mushrooms, Lion’s mane, oysters, and much more that Faith will help us identify and that you can take home afterwards for a meal! Come for a great discussion, delicious mushrooms, and even better company. Green Drinks monthly social events are FREE and open to everyone. Come for Kid Friendly family fun. Sponsored by Sustainable Woodstock.

Questions? Contact Zach@sustainablewoodstock, or call 802-457-2911

Kedron Brook Water Quality- Green Drinks
WHEN: August 16th 5:30-6:30PM
WHERE: Teagle’s Landing, Central St. Woodstock, VT.  

For our monthly Green Drinks social hour this August we are excited to have a follow-up discussion with Bill Manner from the Ottauquechee Natural Resource Conservation District. Bill will be presenting results from water testing data that was collected over the last year thanks to help from volunteers recruited at last year’s Green Drinks. Kedron Brook is one of the only stressed bodies of water in Windsor County. Water testing results will help us pinpoint where the pollution might be coming from.

Green Drinks- Wine Tasting and Mennonite Sustainability Action in Taftsville
WHEN: June 21st 5:30-6:30
WHERE: Taftsville Country Store, 404 Woodstock Rd, Woodstock VT

The Taftsville Chapel, Mennonite Fellowship received a Pam DeYoung Net Zero Energy Fund grant to put solar panels on the chapel roof. The panels were installed on May 4th 2017 and they have been generating renewable energy ever since! Join us, first for a free wine tasting at the Tasftville Country store and then a guided tour of the chapel to learn about this congregation’s story going solar! The event is free and open to the public. Must be 21 years old to partake in the wine tasting.

Green Drinks- Solaflect Suspended Solar Trackers 
WHEN: Thursday May 17th 5:30-6:30
WHERE: At the Norman Williams Public Library 10 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091

Much like a sunflower, Solaflect’s solar Trackers, ‘planted’ in backyards and fields throughout Vermont, accurately follow the sun all day long, providing 40% more solar energy than rooftop solar panels. Tracker owners save over $25,000 in energy cost over the life of their Trackers, with a return that beats their other long term, low risk investments. All without drilling a single hole in the roof!

Why track the sun, anyway?  A solar panel generates the most electricity when it is pointed directly at the sun. Solaflect designed its award-winning Tracker to solve the rooftop solar problem – by NOT pointing directly at the sun all day, panels on rooftops and other fixed surfaces miss out on 40% more electricity they could be generating. As a result, the Tracker is the most efficient and cost-effective solar option available to most Vermont homeowners and small businesses. Learn more here;


Green Drinks- Climate Reality Project
Thursday April 19th 4:30-5:43
At Worthy Kitchen, 442 Woodstock rd., Woodstock VT

Climate Reality: Why We Must Change, How We Can Change, Why We Will Change
Join Carol Stedman, Vermont Farmer and Climate Reality Leader for a comprehensive slideshow overview of ‘Climate Reality ‘Today. You may be surprised to find that we are at a very exciting tipping point! Pointing yourself in the direction of climate solutions begins with having climate conversations. There are Climate Actions large and small you can do. You will leave this presentation with the information and tools to make a difference.

The Climate Reality Project is a non-profit organizations founded by former Vice President Al Gore. Their mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. Learn more here;

Green Drinks- Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Thursday March 15th 4:30-5:43
At Worthy Kitchen, 442 Woodstock rd., Woodstock VT

Presentation and discussion with Chris Rowe, of the Citizens Climate Lobby about his organization and their Carbon Fee and Dividend initiative.  This is a proposed national, revenue-neutral carbon fee-and-dividend system (CF&D). These studies show, a CF&D  could reduce carbon emissions to 50% of 1990 levels while adding 2.8 million jobs to the American economy.

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. The group trains and supports volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community. Learn more here;

Green Drinks- Carbon Pricing
Thursday Feb. 15th 4:30-5:43
At Worthy Kitchen, 442 Woodstock rd., Woodstock VT

Presentation and discussion with Hannah Huber, of Energy Independent Vermont and the Vermont Natural Resource Council about the latest legislative proposal for a carbon tax, known as the ESSEX Plan. The new proposal aims to complement Vermont’s energy context and accelerate the transition to a clean, largely local, renewably powered future. Learn about the co-authors and read the full ESSEX Plan

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