"Green Drinks" is a term known in the environmental world as a fun,
meet up for like-minded business professionals in relaxing, celebratory
settings where they can network, exchange ideas and forge valuable
Well known in international environmental circles, Green Drinks is a network
of unstructured meet-ups where environmental professionals and
locals get together in a relaxing setting to network, exchange
and forge valuable relationships. At last count, Green Drinks
are hosted in over 600 cities worldwide.
The mixture of attendees at Green Drinks events usually include professionals
in the areas of: general business, academia, government,
home décor, construction and other fields.
On Wednesday, August 1, The Ventura Chamber of Commerce's
Green Task Force (GTF)
organized this year's first Ventura-based Green
Drinks event at
EcoLogic Life, downtown's designer showroom for
decoration products. The event was a smashing success
with over 50
attendees. Tutti's on Main provided the delicious food.
Alquimia Tequila provided the green drinks, made from organic agave, no food
LtoR: Diane de Mailly and Courtney Lindberg, Green Task Force Co-Chairs
"Green Drinks has been around for a long time," said Diane de Mailly,
President, DDM Metering Systems and GTF Co-Chair. "Recently, the
GTF was asked to step in and organize these events in Ventura. We know
they'll be a big success moving forward because Ventura is such an
amazing community dedicated to the environment. We plan to make
Green Drinks a quarterly event."
the GTF strives to do," added Courtney Lindberg, Environment
with the City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability
GTF Co-Chair, "is to promote green business development.
We bring local
businesses together and educate them about sustainable
covering such topics as waste recycling, energy, water
pollution prevention and staff education. We highlight successes and
learn from our mistakes so that we can grow as a community with
business practices part of our every day consciousness."
Green Task Force LtoR: Courtney Lindberg (Environmental Specialist,
City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division and Green
Task Force Co-Chair), Janis Shinkawa (Veterinarian, Buena Animal
Hospital), Diane de Mailly (President DDM Metering Systems
and Green Task Force Co-Chair), Kirsten Davis (AdvoCare)
and James Davis (Associated Electric)
you had to paint Ventura one color, it would probably be blue,
color of our ocean. If you added another color, it would be
green," Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Ventura. "This is a
community and environmentally-oriented to its core.
We all pay attention
to the motto 'Think globally, act locally.'
Whether it be on a global
scale, or a local scale, waste costs money
and pollutes the planet. It's
also something we don't want to pass
onto the next generation."
addition to Green Drinks, the GTF organizes a series of quarterly
Practices Workshops" where local businesses share their
green ideas and
practices with others in the community. To date,
there have been
workshops at Red Brick Pizza focusing on sustainable
practices and the
YMCA focusing on lighting retrofits.
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May 2012, The Green Task Force teamed up with the office of
Assemblymember Das Williams's for the Second Annual Green Jobs
Summit held at City Hall.
Green Jobs Summit brought a number of businesses together to talk
ideas and sustainable principles," said James Joyce,
Representative, Office of Assemblymember Das Williams.
together on the Summit, our office developed a
great relationship with The Green Task Force. There's so much
synergy. It's great to be a part of it."
Stay tuned and read this newsletter for information on future
Ventura-based Green Drinks events.
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