If you have a passion for the environment and a sustainable lifestyle, the monthly Green Drinks event is a fun place to hang out with other eco-conscious people and get to know your community. In Portland, the event takes place on the first Tuesday of every month at the Eco Trust building on 9thstreet. Attendees find a friendly, informative and social setting to share ideas, discuss business opportunities, offer or find a job and enjoy the company of others who have a passion for a green lifestyle. In true Portland style, it is a laid back, casual and friendly place to socialize with people who share similar values. Think of it as a tree hugger social.
Green Drinks is an international phenomenon
There is no formal structure to how Green Drinks evolves – but they are popping up in cities all over the world. Even the concept of “being green” is an organic process that is loosely defined and expresses itself according to local cultural customs in each location. In some places, there are several local government and NGO members mixing with people in the private sector. In others, there are mostly eco-preneurs looking to eagerly share their latest innovation. In Portland, it is a mix of all of the above.
Being green in Portland is just how things are done
Portland doesn’t wear green on its sleeve – being green is just part of the local lifestyle. With a history of pioneer settlers clear-cutting the evergreen forests and massacring most of the wild animals without regard for the consequences – the aftermath gave Portland the well-deserved moniker “Stumptown”. Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” became a rallying cry in the 1960’s for a new generation of eco-conscious youth who wanted to clean up the mess of their ancestors. The Willamette River used to be one of the dirtiest waterways in the country. Now it is one of the cleanest. Portland is at the top of the charts for all of the measures of a green lifestyle: clean energy, green jobs, green building and it is even the top vegan city in the country.
Green Drinks in Portland is lively and educational
The structure of Green Drinks Portland is to a bit of networking, an informative speaker and then more “schmoozing”. This week’s headliner was Chandra Brown, Vice President of Oregon Iron Works touting the benefits of recycling, green jobs and local engineering expertise. Steel is the most recycled product in the world and Oregon Iron Works engineers it into dozens of useful green projects like ocean wave energy devices, wind turbines and now a spinoff company which provides the only manufacturing facility of streetcars in the country. The speaker was as engaging as the audience, sparking a lively conversation following the talk. Anyone who wants to hook in to the green scene in Portland should mark their calendars for the first Tuesday every month or go to http://www.pdxgreendrinks.org/.