Green Drinks: Monthly networking events for fellow "greenies"

There are twenty-seven green drinks locations throughout Florida including in St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Clearwater. Clearwater Green Drinks is arranged by Advait Mantri and occurs at The Venue on the second Wednesday of every month. I had the pleasure of meeting the group this week. Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Jason Sullivan, sponsored the event and about twenty people came out to network and mingle. I came away with seven business cards, five new Facebook friends, and a myriad of information about green building, green certifications, and some really cool new green products.

Green Drinks Tampa meet on the third Wednesday of the month. Green Drinks St. Petersburg meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Also, Green Caffeine meets the first Friday of the month at 10am – so you have no excuse not to get out there and mingle!

If you are part of the green community, then you will know that we are sometimes snickered at for our "radical" ideas of saving the world from global warming; someone recently told me, “Oh Cool! My mom is into all that stuff!” Unless you are at school or already working in a sustainable industry, it is really hard to meet like-minded "greenies". The exciting news is that networks of fellow eco-minded folks exist all over the world.

Green Drinks began in 1989 in a little bar in London, and has since spread rapidly through England, Europe, The Middle East, Asia, Russia, and The United States. Now, there is at least one meeting in every state. The members of Green Drinks meet once a month to network, discuss changes in the industry, and get word on new products and ideas – the best part is that the organizers find sponsors every month, and when you have a sponsor, your first drink is free!

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