2021 Past Green Drinks Events

2021 Upper Valley Green Drinks Events

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How to Buy an EV or Hybrid Car

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Thursday January 21, 2021 5:30- 6:30PM
Virtual- Zoom

Vermonters: Have you been considering an electric or hybrid vehicle, but feel that it’s out of your price range? Join us to learn the advantages of hybrids and EV cars, and how you can save money in the long run by driving one. Vermont has numerous incentives for every budget!

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Food Security in the Upper Valley

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Thursday February 18, 2021 5:30- 6:30PM
Virtual- Zoom

The percentage of food insecure people has changed drastically during the pandemic. Join us to learn what are members of the Upper Valley community are doing to combat hunger. How can you get help and access resources? How can you volunteer your time or money to places where it is needed?

Join local food security leaders in a discussion about the state of hunger in the Upper Valley, and plans to combat food security. We will be joined by Jill Lord, RN, MS Director of Community Health at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center; Alice Stewart, Program Manager, RiseVT Windsor County; and Nan Kilmer.

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Composting, Soil Health and Climate Change

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Thursday March 18, 2021 5:30- 6:30PM
Virtual- Zoom

Soil is the glue that holds our landscape and our communities together. The soil carbon sponge is a critical component of adapting to our changing climate and mitigating the effects of flooding and drought. Composting food waste, yard waste and manure offer possibility in jumpstarting biological activity in our yards, fields and forests. We’ll briefly discuss the connections between compost, soil, water, food and climate and offer practical solutions and opportunities for attendees to deepen knowledge and join the citizen movement to heal our ecosystems.
Hosted by Sustainable Woodstock with presenter Cat Buxton. Cat works on topics such as soil and ecosystem health, community resilience, composting, water catchment, landscape planning, monitoring landscape function, and increasing biodiversity.

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The Basics of Forest Carbon Management for Landowners

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Thursday April 15, 2021 5:30- 6:30PM
Virtual- Zoom

Join Ali Kosiba, state Climate Forester, to learn the basics of managing your forest for carbon. Ali has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and an M.S. in Forest Science from UVM. She will discuss how forests sequester and store carbon, and the various ways landowners can take a more active role in this process.

Dr. Ali Kosiba is the Climate Forester for the State of Vermont, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, where she works to better understand and manage forests under climate change. Her background is in forest ecophysiology, which means that she considers how trees respond to environmental change and how those changes impact the larger forest ecosystem. She lives in the foothills of the Green Mountains in Bolton where she can often be found wandering in the woods.

Hosted by Sustainable Woodstock’s Forest Carbon Action Group.

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Forest Carbon Management for Small Landowners 

Thursday June 17th, 5:30-6:30 PM

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Virtual–ZoomThe Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP) is an innovative forest carbon program launched in partnership by The Nature Conservancy’s American Forest Carbon Initiative and the American Forest Foundation. FFCP provides landowners who are enrolled with incentive payments to implement select sustainable forestry practices that increase carbon sequestration and storage, while also improving the health of the forest. Come learn about the program and how landowners can get involved! Presented by Jim Shallow, Director of Strategic Conservation Initiatives, The Nature Conservancy -Vermont.

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Hydro Power Happy Hour

August 19th, 5:30-6:30 PM

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The Wilder, Bellows Falls, and Vernon hydro-electric facilities on the Connecticut River started the process of securing new operating licenses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2012. Final license applications were submitted in December 2020. While Great River Hydro, the owner, proposed operational changes for their three dams that will result in a big win for the river, there are more opportunities to advocate for regarding recreation, fish passage, and cultural properties. Join CRC River Steward Kathy Urffer to find out more about changes to how these facilities will operate and additional concerns that have not been addressed. Find out how you can take action to make a difference for your rivers!

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Learn about Heat Pumps!

September 16th

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Modern cold-climate heat pumps are the ideal heating solution for Vermont homes – providing efficient year-round heating and cooling for your home without burning fossil fuels. Come learn the basics of how heat pumps work, the options for typical Vermont homes, and considerations you’ll want to take when planning a heating replacement or upgrade.

This workshop is led by Matt Christie. Matt is an associate director for TRC. He consults to utilities and state agencies nationwide on residential energy efficiency and decarbonization policies and incentive programs. He has devoted his career to advancing all-electric and zero net energy residential buildings into the market.

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Weatherize Your Home for Winter 

October 21st

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COVER volunteer coordinator, Lisa Ricci, has a background in sustainable energy and energy efficiency. She will be presenting a comprehensive review of all the ways you can button up your home and potentially save hundreds of dollars in heating costs. COVER now provides free custom Do-It-Yourself weatherization kits for low-income homeowners and can provide kits and assistance for all home owners at 75% of retail cost.

Learn about volunteer opportunities in your community and how we can help each other stay warm and reduce carbon emissions!

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Give Your Input on the Ottauquechee River Basin Plan

November 18th

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The Ottauquechee River Tactical Basin Plan is being developed by the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation and community involvement is needed. Based on existing water quality and aquatic habitat conditions Tactical Basin Plans identify and prioritize the projects or actions needed to protect or restore rivers, lakes and streams. Last completed in 2018, the plan is being updated to address current issues and concerns for water quality in the Ottauquechee and its tributaries. The issues identified in the plan are the ones that will be prioritized for action and funding to complete the work.

Marie Levesque Caduto, Watershed Planner for the region will discuss current conditions and issues of concern in the watershed.

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Vermont’s Lost Lady Beetles 

December 16th

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What do you think of when you imagine a ladybug (officially known as a lady beetle)? Is it red with black spots? Many people are familiar with the species that commonly congregates inside our homes in the winter (the invasive Asian Lady Beetle), but there are actually at least 42 species that have been recorded in Vermont alone! Lady beetles can be different sizes and colors, ranging from black to yellow to red. They can be found in fields, forests, shrubland, swamps, and right in your backyard. Unfortunately, many native lady beetle species populations across the country are in decline, due to the introduction of non-native lady beetle species, land use change, and pesticides. Vermont appears to be experiencing declines as well. Currently, 12 of Vermont’s native lady beetle species have not been seen in over 40 years. The Vermont Center for Ecostudies has launched the Vermont Lady Beetle Atlas, a project of the Vermont Atlas of Life, to learn about the current state of Vermont’s lady beetle populations.

Join us for a virtual presentation to learn more about Vermont’s lady beetles, led by Vermont Center for Ecostudies ECO Americorps volunteer Julia Pupko. Learn how you can participate in finding Vermont’s lost lady beetles: it’s easy, fun, and will advance our understanding of how to conserve the native species of lady beetles living in our state.

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