8.21.12 – Intentional Communities

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)
When: Tuesday August 21st, 6:30 to 9pm

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in an intentional community? Or what even defines “intentional community”? Find out as members of Dancing Rabbit Eco Village present their vision: past and future. Learn how you can get involved, from an overnight stay at their Eco Inn or a work exchange internship to joining the communal life. Composting toilets, consensus decision making, how 70 residents share 3 vehicles, renewable energy, the future of cooperative business.

$3 suggested donation

3.22.11 – Nuclear Crisis in Japan: What does it mean for Missouri?

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Tuesday March 22nd, 6:30 to 9pm

As Japan reels from ongoing nuclear disaster, members of U.S. Congress are discussing a moratorium on new nuclear reactors; at the same time the Missouri General Assembly is considering legislation that would allow Ameren Missouri to charge ratepayers $40 million for a permit to build a second nuclear reactor in our state.

”No CWIP!” Coordinator Ed Smith of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment joins Green Drinks this Tuesday for a look at SB 321 and SB 406 in the Missouri legislature. We’ll explore how investments in energy efficiency can offset the need for any additional plants — nuclear or otherwise. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan.

Suggested donation: $3

4.14.10 – Making Solar Electricity Affordable

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks

7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Wednesday April 14th, 6:30 to 9pm

Solar electricity has never been more affordable. Prices of PV modules have fallen dramatically in the past year. and Missouri’s initiated a generous rebate program in 2010. These factors, combined with a 30% Federal Tax Credits have slashed costs by over 50%. 2010 is renewable energy’s day in the sun!

St. Louis Green Drinks welcomes author and solar expert, Dan Chiras, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Evergreen Institute in Gerald, MO. Dan will discuss the highly favorable economics of solar electricity as well as the basics of solar energy — how solar modules work, the types of systems, and common misunderstandings. Find out what it costs to install a PV system on your home or business and what factors go into the decision to go solar. Dan is author of numerous books on renewable energy, including Power from the Sun, Power from the Wind, and The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy.

Suggested donation: $3

11.17.09 – Green Drinks Movie Night

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks

7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Tuesday November 17th, 6:30 to 9pm

Green Drinks partners with the Sierra Club for a 40-minute showing of Coal Country, the stunning new documentary about mountaintop removal coal mining and the impacts of coal on our health and the future of our world. Discussion will follow with input from local activists and experts.

Doors open at 6:30, viewing begins at 7:00.

Suggested donation: $3

5.20.08 – Green Drinks Movie Night

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143

When: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 6 to 9 p.m.

Cover: $3 suggested donation

Join your friends from Green Drinks at 6:00 p.m at the Schlafly Bottleworks for conversation and drinks, then stay for the 7:00 viewing of The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil and audience discussion afterwards.

St. Louis Green Drinks is a loose knit network of environmentally-minded citizens, businesspeople, and activists. We meet monthly to discuss the green movement and how we can change the world.

9.14.05 – Renewable Energy

September 14th 2005 @ Riddle’s Penultimate

Panelists

Dan Sammartano – Sustainable Design Manager, Alberici Constructors, Inc.
Dan Sammartano, Alberici’s Sustainable Design Manager discussed the 65 kilowatt wind turbine that you see on your right when traveling north on 170. As Alberici’s Sustainable Design Manager, Dan told us about the wind turbine that was designed to generate 20 percent of the total energy needs at Alberici’s headquarters on Page in Overland as well as talk about his company’s new spinoff, Vertegy.

Pat Justis – Project Manager, Mo-DNR St. Louis Urban Outreach Office/Energy Center
Pat Justis is an energy engineer with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Energy Center. He is the project manager for Missouri Schools Going Solar and told us all about new initiatives in renewable energy in St. Louis and around the state and the new federal tax credits for residental solar installations.

Bill Barbieri – Managing Executive, Renewables, Ameren Energy Fuels & Services
Bill Barbieri and his team are responsible for the development and implementation of the corporate strategy related to renewable energy for the Ameren group of companies. The team, comprised of several groups within Ameren, is leading the initiative in the procurement and development of renewable energy resources for customers in Ameren’s service territories which encompass Illinois and Missouri. He told us about Ameren’s plans to ramp up purchasing of renewable energy as well as a sneak preview about options for direct purchasing of green power to come in late 2006.

Resources

www.renewableenergyaccess.com
One of the popular sources for Renewable Energy News and Information on the Internet.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council
IREC’s mission is to accelerate the sustainable utilization of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities. They maintain a a comprehensive and easy to manuever database of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
A gateway to hundreds of Web sites and thousands of online documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory
NREL is the Department of Energy’s research and development arm on renewables.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA)
The EIA created by Congress in 1977, is a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. This website is an excellent resource to find out energy usuage statistics by state or nation. A lot cooler than it sounds – try it out!

The American Solar Energy Society (and Solar Today magazine)

Public Citizen’s Critical Mass Energy & Environment Program