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bobo gallery asheville ncAsheville Green Drinks is proud to be one of the most consistent events in Asheville, NC. Part of the self-organizing international grassroots networking event series: Green Drinks, we connect our local community to environmental consciousness, green endeavors, sustainable media and social justice action. All over the world people who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet up for a drink and occasionally listen to an expert in environment, ecology, and/or social justice. The Green Drinks phenomena is featured in over 639 cities worldwide! hosting events featuring conversation, networking and education. Originally created in London, England the Green Drinks movement was launched in Asheville in 2005 by Joseph Malki from (Seven-Star now Green Festivals, Inc.) and, Ty Hallock from Top Floor Studio, Brad & Elizabeth Reichart from Bobo Gallery. Asheville Green Drink’s hallmark has been that instead of hosting an event once a month like most cities, it hosts an event every week, typically with a speaker (excepting holidays and snow weather). Asheville Green Drinks formation was largely inspired by the work of Ulla Reeves and her management of EnviroBeer Night which was  regular monthly gathering for eco activists around town to connect, socialize, and relax. Asheville Green Drinks is lucky to be supported by a wide variety of community members with a range of ideological backgrounds who share a common commitment to ecological stewardship and humanist interests.

Since 2005 Asheville has hosted the hardest working environmental networking cocktail hour in the world.

From 2005 to 2010, Joseph B. Malki, Sage Linden, Ty Hallock and Jim Barton alternated in the the facilitation and coordination of over 250 events. Some of these events included eco-consious dance parties co-produced by Asheville impresarios Graham Hackett,  dj Bowie and Static Age Records. These parties evolved into GreenBash a national concert series billed as the official after parties for the national consumer show Green Festivals.

In 2010, our main founder – Mr. Malki decided to embrace the community collaboration model and involve Asheville’s leading environmental non-profits in developing Asheville Green Drinks programming. He invited several local non-profits to form a steering committee to help advance the diversity of topics focused on ecological wisdom, sustainable economies and social justice.

Western North Carolina Green Movement Events SustainabilityAsheville Green Drinks (AGD) now relies on Western North Carolina’s leading environmental non-profits in developing educational and interactive programming. The steering committee is now led by Western North Carolina Alliance and each “Partner in Education” has signed an Memorandum of Understanding with AGD. These include the United Nations Association of WNC, Sierra Club of Western North Carolina (WENOCA), Western North Carolina Green Building Association, Just Economics WNC, Transition Town Asheville,  and  Lenoir-Rhyne University – Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. Please thank and support our Partners in Education by visiting their websites, educating yourself about their initiatives and donating to their causes.

Currently our fiscal sponsor is the international non-profit Empowerment Works, Inc. a.k.a. Empowerment Works!, a nationally registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Asheville Green Drinks advances causes in support of EW’s US 501c3 tax-exempt mission of fostering a healthier, culturally rich and bio-diverse future. Per our agreement, EW is legally responsible for Sponsoree’s stated project activities as an official project of Empowerment Works! (EW). Please visit Empowerment Works! for more information. For official purposes our fiscal project agreement is available here.

mini-twingravity_emblemLOWAdditionally, in 2010 our founders’ web development company twingravity.com redesigned our website on the WordPress platform and integrated our social media on Facebook and Twitter. Our email newsletter was developed by master designers Evolv.com and its’ template creation and distribution is supported by MyNewsletterBuilder.com. We thank Ty Hallock and Top Floor Studio for their initial development of the AGD website from 2005-2010.

Asheville Green Drinks is a great way of catching up with the latest issue in sustainable and social advocacy issues, connecting with people you know and meeting new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network. Our events are primarily social and educational. Many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, “done deals” and had moments of profound serendipity. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

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