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.

2019 Upcoming Schedule:

Title: Land Conservation in the Upper Valley
Presenter: Alison Marichone, Programs Director
Date/Time: Thursday January 24, 2019 4:30pm-5:30pm
Location: Worthy Kitchen
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Description: Join Sustainable Woodstock for our first Green Drinks social event of 2019! Alison Marchione, Programs Director for the Upper Valley Land Trust 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. Come for a great discussion, delicious food, and even better company!


Title: Green Drinks- Local Solutions for Global Issues: Building A Local Economy
Presenter: Chris Wood, Director of BALE
Date/Time: Feb 14, 2019 5:30-6:30
Location: Optimist Center, 65 Central St, Woodstock, VT 05091
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Description: Tiny Vermont is capable of having global impacts. One South Royalton based non-profit, BALE (Building A Local Economy), serves as a community resource center for local economy initiatives in the White River Valley of Vermont. Their vision is to build a sustainable culture that can foster the economic and ecological capacity that allow our communities to thrive. The Community Resource Center, “Building Resilient Communities and Why Build A Local Economy” workshop series, and local investment initiatives are just a few of the ways that BALE is exploring innovative, whole systems approaches to addressing societal and communal challenges.

Title: Green Drinks- Repairing Homes and Building Community: COVER
Presenter: Bill Neukomm, Executive Director
Date/Time: March 21, 2019 4:30-5:30
Location: Worthy Kitchen
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Description: Through their Home Repair and Weatherization programs, COVER builds community and fosters hope through cooperation and fellowship among all home repair and reuse participants. From 2014 to 2017 COVER completed 22 home repair projects and spent over $8,000 per year in Woodstock. COVER staff and volunteers have been providing a critical service to the Upper Valley since their creation in 1998. Join us for a discussion with the Executive Director, and learn about ways to help weatherize and repair homes in the Upper Valley.

Title: Local Community Gardens and Food Security
Presenter: Anne Dean, and Cassidy Metcalf
Date/Time: April 18th 5:00-6:00
Location: Billings Farm, Community Garden
Description: Interested in becoming an organic vegetable gardener? Join us at Billings Farm community garden to learn how to grow your own food at home or on a community garden plot. We’ll discuss the numerous benefits of gardening and the particulars of how to get started. You will also learn tips on growing a lot of food on a little land and how to turn your lawn into an edible landscape!

Title: Carpooling & Ridesharing: Exploring Go! Vermont’s suite of tools
Presenter: Paige Heverly, Vital Communities
Date/Time: May 16th, 2019 4:30-5:30
Location: Worthy Kitchen, 442 Woodstock Rd, Woodstock, VT 05091
Description: Transportation is an intractable problem in many rural states, and Vermont is no exception. Join us to learn about the new Go! Vermont rideshare app that makes it easier to find carpool buddies, earn rewards for green commutes and track your trips. We’ll demonstrate all the different ways to use the app to help reduce your carbon footprint.



2018 Green Drinks Schedule(PDF)

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