Past 2019 Green Drinks

Green Drinks- Green Drinks- High School Students Explore Our Watershed
Thurs. Nov. 21, 2019, 5:30pm-7:00pm, At the Forest Center of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Forest Center [Google Map]

The 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 their teachers have given them the assignment of communicating their learning about watersheds and water quality with the community.

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!

Green Drinks- Meet Our Regional Planning Commission
Thurs. Oct 17, 2019, 6:00pm-7:30pm,
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Forest Center [Google Map]

Join us at the next Green Drinks event to meet the staff at the Two Rivers – Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) and learn how TRORC works for you! TRORC serves 30 towns in east- central Vermont and provides planning, mapping, grant writing, facilitation, and project management services to its member towns. TRORC staff will be discussing how their work advances sustainability in the TRO-region including areas such as energy, water quality, forestry, buyouts, and more. Each area of discussion will also be followed by a short Q&A session.

Green Drinks- Sustainable Connections
Thursday Sept 19th 2019, 5:00-6:00,
Worthy Kitchen[Google Map]

Whether it is our birds, rivers, forests, energy, or economy there are so many great groups working in the Upper Valley to build and strengthen our communities and environment. We would like to celebrate the work of these organizations by inviting folks to join us for a social hour as part of Sustainable Woodstock’s monthly Green Drinks.

No presentations, no asks for money, just fun social time and hopefully opportunities to make more connections. We will provide complimentary appetizers, and invite folks to join us for one of Worthy Kitchen’s wide selections alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

SOURCE TO SEA: The Connecticut River Conservancy

Presenters: Brett Morrison, Ron Rhodes, Michael Caduto, Marie Caduto 
August 15, 2019 5:30pm-7:00pm
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, Forest Center [GOOGLE MAP]
style=”text-align: center;”>Ottaquechee River and the CT River Watershed – How can you help ensure a better future ahead despite the issues and challenges. Join us for a short film that follows the Connecticut River Conservancy on their “Source to Sea” journey down the CT river and a panel discussion with some local river stewards.

Presenter: Sylvia Davatz
July 25, 2019 5:30pm-7:00pm
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, Forest Center [GOOGLE MAP]
Since the turn of the 20th century we have lost over 97% of our commercial vegetable varieties. Saving seed from the vegetables in your garden offers the opportunity to reconnect with the richness of endangered history, culture, and flavor, and to preserve beloved varieties. This workshop will cover the basics of saving vegetable seeds, explaining issues of pollination, timing, spacing, annual vs. biennial varieties, isolation, and harvesting, cleaning, drying, and storing seed. Terms such as open-pollinated, hybrid, “selfer” and “crosser” will be explained, and we’ll talk about the philosophical as well as the practical benefits of preserving our irreplaceable vegetable and grain diversity.


Title: Green Drinks: Upper Valley Transformational Movement 
Presenter: Simon Denis, CTP
Date/Time: May 16th, 2019 4:30-5:30
Location: Worthy Kitchen
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Description: The need for a new type of thinking to address many of our societal challenges, led to the creation of the Center for Transforrmational Practice (CTP), in White River Jct. “Their insights and efforts are now surfacing with a breadth and frequency suggestive of a budding social movement. For lack of a better term, let us call it the Transformational Movement…Many of the skills and techniques of the transformational movement simultaneously advance personal and societal transformation.” –CTP website

Join us for a discussion with Simon Denis about the CTP organization and center, and discover ways to help/join/participate in this “Transformational Movement.”Green Drinks are free and open to everyone.


Print: Join us for a Green Drinks discussion about how the need for a new type of thinking to address many of our societal challenges, led to the creation of the Center for Transformational Practice (CTP).

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.

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: Green Drinks- Repairing Homes and Building Community: COVERPresenter: 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: 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: 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!







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