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7/18/08

Green Drinks! 'Cause it's always fun when yer drinkin' green... ; )

Went to Richmond's Green Drinks last night, at Built Gallery. Built Gallery's exhibit revolved around the Southface Eco Office, targeting to be the south-east's first LEED platinum new construction building designed by Lord, Aeck & Sargent, and Jim Nicolow presented the project.

"Jim Nicolow, a nationally recognized expert on sustainable design, joined Lord, Aeck & Sargent in 1997. Jim leads the firm’s Sustainability Initiative, overseeing the incorporation of sustainable design strategies and features into the firm’s design projects. As one of the firm's first of a growing number of LEED® Accredited Professionals since 2001, Jim has extensive knowledge of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED rating system and drives the firm's efforts to help other architects become accredited.

Jim is a frequently published author and noted presenter at conferences nationwide, including the Labs 21 Annual Conference and the USGBC’s GreenBuild International Conference & Expo."

Last night's sponsor was CKB Swanson, who provides fryer oil service management to restaurants, Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) distribution, and sells biodiesel processors. But even more importantly, the owners two young daughters were with them and got a round of applause and recognition for recently donating their hair to Locks of Love! : )

What I like about Green Drinks is that whether you are an architect steeped in green building or just a non-industry person interested in "being green," people are welcoming and friendly. I met two girls separately who had just moved to Richmond, didn't know anyone, and had shown up alone just because they were interested and wanted to meet people... I hope they felt welcomed! I admired their initiative and bravery!

From Wikipedia:
Green Drinks is an informal networking event where environmentally minded people meet over drinks. Started in London in 1989, by Edwin Dashefski and friends, it has spread to 30 cities in the United Kingdom, 49 in the U.S. and many more in Canada, Germany, Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Chile and Puerto Rico. As of March 2008, there are 350 Green Drink Chapters worldwide.
To learn more about Green Drinks in your own city, please visit GreenDrinks.org. If you don't have one in your city... then, whatcha waitin' for?
Start one! : )

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