No where else in the area will you meet so many eco-minded people from all aspects of our environmental
and business community. Come join in and see what all the buzz is about!
The sun is out! Green Drinks tonight is ON!
Lighting Up the Holidays with Green Drinks!
Free with a cash bar. No RSVP required.
Theme: Lighting up the holidays with LEDs
Thinking of the upcoming holidays, and magic of twinkling holiday lights... and how those festive twinkles affect our electric bills, we've been pondering changing to LEDs. It's a great time to do that.. particularly if you can save a few bucks on the purchase as well as the energy cost down the road!
So, with the winter winds blowing -- and with thanks to our event sponsor Clean Currents (Our newest Founding 100 sponsor!), this December's Green Drinks is all about energy and lights... turning in the old and incentivizing you to buy the new... LEDs!
Also, we're in close contact with the Annapolis Jaycees, who are in charge of the "Hanging of the Greens" downtown on Dec. 7. We'll be working on the "Greening of the Hanging (Lights)!" Ok, bad pun but you follow our logic, right? We've invited the Jaycees to be our special guests at Green Drinks too.
Bring us those old lights for recycling, whether they work or not. Start your pile now. We're working with a couple of local businesses to come up with discounts to encourage you to replace those lights with energy-efficient LEDs.
Here's the Deal
Bring in your incandesent light strings -- whether they work or not -- and My Organic Market (MOM's) will collect them for recycling. The incentive for you is that you'll receive a coupon to buy a new string at a discount online or at local hardware store K&B True Value (a Founding 100 sponsor).
We're delighted to introduce you to MOM's -- a Maryland company offering good-for-you food and other products. The closest MOM's is in Bowie, at 6824 Race Track Road.
Both stores have a lights recycling program in place already if you just can't wait -- our event just makes it a little more convenient for you!
If you take your old lights directly to MOM's (its program ends on Jan. 31) you'll receive a coupon for 15% off energy efficient decorative lighting at HolidayLEDs.com.
If you take your old lights directly to K&B True Value (its program ends Dec. 15), you'll get $4 off each new string of LED lights you buy there (limit 5).
If you bring your lights to Green Drinks you'll have your choice of coupons from either MOM's (for online purchasing) or K&B True Value! (Please remove light strings from boxes or packaging to facilitate recycling.)
Where Do Those Old Lights Go? -- Following the recycling drive, MOM's will box and ship old holiday lights to a recycling facility in located Jackson, Michigan. There, the lights will be shredded and processed. The individual components (including pvc, glass and copper) will be separated to be recycled into new products.
Why LEDs? Does it matter? How much energy do they save? -- A lot. In general, LEDs use 90% less energy an an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light! Read more about LEDs. LEDs offer maximum light efficiency without the harmful by-products that come from other lighting solutions. LEDs are non-toxic and cost-effective. Plus, they last at least 10 times longer (and consume 90% less energy) than incandescent bulbs. In addition, they emit far less heat, which helps minimize the risk of fire. Not to mention, the bright, clean light from LEDs looks great!
About Our Host
The Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge is one of the hotest places in Annapolis' Uptown! Along with Tsunami and Lemongrass, it is part of the Kapow restaurant group. The menu features locally sourced food as much as possible and sustainable seafood.
They cater, serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and love preparing signature drinks -- like the surprise local cocktail, "The Green Drink" they will invent and serve up for us, possibly featuring Washington DC's Green Hat Distilled Gin (which has a way cool website).
Among the many types of adult beverages available will be wines from Santa Julia Winery in Mendoza, Argentina, and you know that's going to mean great Malbec. This winery has a strong sustainability ethic too:
"In our activity we cannot conceive high quality wines disregarding the care for our environment. That is why we are focused towards sustainable agriculture, coexisting with nature and helping the community we live in. We strongly believe that wine is not only the expression of the land, the weather or the cultivated vine variety, but is basically the result of team-driven production activities."
Thanks to Manager Tom Hanna, we'll have the second floor bar and performance space and the third floor enlcosed rooftop terrace to enjoy the Met's appetizers and great drinks. And the Met will donate 10% of bar proceeds to Annapolis Green! Thank you!
The Met has agreed to let us light up its lot next to Lemongrass. Watch as we "holiday-up" the area around those chickens! Oh, do stay tuned for our creation. Think of it as a preview to the EYC Lights Parade the following Saturday!
Sustainability at the Met
Metropolitan is powered by Clean Currents' wind power program (as are we). It was the first restaurant to recycle using City of Annapolis services and it composts its food waste via a local farmer. The Met gives back to the community in many ways including support of the local music and arts scene and many local charities. Artists are encouraged to display their work at the Met at no charge.
Thanks to the Met, we'll enjoy live music from Andy Bopp from 6 p.m. on. Baltimore's Andy Bopp has written, recorded, and released 13 albums, toured the world, and navigated the freeways and backroads of the music industry for two decades. His new release is "Time to Rock." From power pop to old soul country, Andy's critically acclaimed songwriting is the common thread. What a treat! Read about Andy and listen to some tunes.
Tell Us Your Stories!
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We're not looking for literature here -- just a few lines about how our almost-monthly networking events have changed you, your organization, your business.
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Our Boat Show Green Drinks in "Eco Alley"
Celebrating Red Right Recycle!
We kicked off our celebration of boating with our boat shows Green Drinks last week at the Fleet Reserve's upper deck on "Eco-Alley!"
We welcomed boat show exhibitors, local and visiting boaters, local business people, non-profit staff, government officials and our loyal Green Drinkers to celebrate our Red Right Recycle! initiative (see more below), providing recycling to the boat shows to raise public awareness of the importance of "Clean Water and a Healthy Bay." Learn more about the initiative.
We owe a big thanks to our hosts at the Fleet Reserve Club. Hosting us during the powerboat show was terrific as they opened up the second deck for unbeatable views of the show and all the excitement. The Fleet's volunteer bartenders were friendly, funny, and welcoming. We enjoyed being a part ofFleet's largest yearly fundraising during the shows, serving up the BEST pit beef BBQ and cold drinks Please patronize them and stop by while you're at the shows!
We had a number of special guests at Green Drinks including the current boat show management as well as all five members of the new management team that will take over the boat shows soon. Representatives from the BoatUS Foundation, whose grant is partially funding our Red Right Recycle! initiative joined us ... and videotaped our event! And, of course we showed off one of our eco-stations next to the bar.
A big thank you also to our sponsoring organization, Annapolis Yacht Sales, for making our event possible (We hope you saw their chesapeake legal alliance Greenline hybrid boats at the show) and to our partnering organization, the Chesapeake Legal Alliance, for helping to spread the word.
Davis' has a happy hour Monday-Friday, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. and their daily food specials can be found on their Facebook page. Pusser's happy hour is Monday-Friday, 4- 7 p.m. Read more.
We'd also like to thank our Green Drinks volunteers, Leslie Trott Gibbons-Neff & Jeff Gibbons-Neff for helping with set-up and breakdown; Meghan Matthews, Mariel Yarborough, and John Murray for greeting our guests.
The re-use and recycling of carpet is another one of our efforts during the shows. At Green Drinks we had a display of recyclable carpet tiles we brought to introduce to boat show exhibitors. Made by the Interface flooring company in Georgia, the carpet product is called Net Effect and is made partially with discarded fishing nets. The production provides a source of income for small fishing villages in the Philippines while cleaning up their beaches and waters of discarded fishing nets that threaten their livelihood and the precious double barrier reef off their shore. Take a look - it's Net Effect ocean blue waves at the BoatUS Bridge out from Pussers. Read more about the carpeting.
Our Red Right Recycle! initiative is made possible by two grants:
and by the support of these local business who sponsored eco-stations at the boat shows.
Green Drinks is Free and requires no RSVP. Cash bar.
You can enjoy Green Drinks without alcoholic drinks, just tell the bartender you prefer a soft drink. Appetizers are complimentary thanks to our host.
Bring your nametag from work if you have one. And remember, your "job" at Green Drinks is to meet one new person and learn one new thing -- an easy assignment as our crowd is friendly and our themes are interesting.
Green Drinks strives to bring the environmental message to new audiences, so bring along your friends, colleagues, family... everybody... to Green Drinks Annapolis!
Green Drinks is a happy hour that gives the environmentally minded a chance to get to know one another in a fun informal way facilitating working together for a common cause: The Health of the Chesapeake Bay and to make Annapolis visibly the Greenest City in the State. It's free and no reservations are required. Cash bar. There are always soft drinks available. You don't have to drink alcohol to enjoy Green Drinks! Our gatherings, in a different location each month, feature venues that operate sustainably, and sustainable food and drink. We routinely draw from 150 to 200 environmentally conscious attendees.
There are over 800 Green Drinks organizations around the world. The Annapolis group is the one of the largest in the United States, following New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Portland. More about Green Drinks International.