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Green Drinks

Green Drinks Kankakee logoGreen Drinks Kankakee, a member of Green Drinks International, is a public outreach group created as part of KCC's community sustainability initiatives. It's an opportunity for "green-minded" people to meet informally in a relaxed setting to exchange ideas and network.

Green Drinks is happening in more than 84 countries and 806 cities, including all 50 states. 

Learn more about the next Green Drinks Kankakee event.

2015 events  

​Nov. 17, 2015 The Illinois Native Plant Society, Kankakee Torrent Chapter with Janine Catchpole flier  presentation
​Oct. 20, 2015 Recycling in Kankakee County with Ernie Lopez flier presentation
​Sept. 22, 2015 Solarizing the Greater Kankakee Area with Tim Wilhelm and Jennifer Martin flier ​ 
​Aug. 18, 2015 Feeding the Community with Pastor Larry Garcia flier  presentation
​July 21, 2015 The Pilot Hill Wind Farm with Jon Baker ​flier  ​
​June 16, 2015 The Kankakee River - Past, Present and Future with Kevin Culver and JR Black flier  
​May 19, 2015 Ask a Master Gardener with Holly Froning and Master Gardeners flier ​ 
​April 21, 2015 All About Bees with Julie Larsen ​flier ​ 
​March 17, 2015 Starting Your Garden with Dr. James Theuri and Holly Froning ​​flier ​ 
​Feb. 17, 2015 The Illiana Tollroad: The Wrong Way for Our Communities? with Erica Dodt flier  

2014 events

​Nov. 18, 2014 Willowhaven Nature Center - The Recycled Barn with Nicole Jenkins flier ​presentation
​Oct. 21, 2014 ​repurposedMATERIALS with Damon Carson flier​ ​​​presentation
Sep. 16, 2014 The Past, Present, and Future of Camp Shaw with Greg
​Aug. 19, 2014 An Exploration of the Flora of the Kankakee Sands Region with Floyd Catchpole​ flier presentation
​Jul. 15, 2014 The Future of Food 2 with Harry Carr​ flier presentation
​Jun. 17, 2014 The Future of Food with Harry Carr​ flier presentation
​Apr. 15, 2014 What is a Restoration Facility? with Gail Wallace​ flier
​Mar. 18, 2014 Consumer Supported Agriculture - What is it and How Does it Work? with Eric Sexton​ flier presentation
​Jan. 28, 2014 Organic, What Does it Mean? with Julia McDonald and Julia Larsen flier presentation


2013 events

​Oct. 22, 2013 Midewin: Where People & Prairie Restore Each Other with Wendy Tresouthick, environmental education specialist at The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie flier
​Sep. 24, 2013 Solarizing the Greater Kankakee Area with Timothy Wilhelm, KCC Electrical Technology program coordinator and Doug Stingle, MREA development director flier
​Aug. 27, 2013 The Adequacy of the Kankakee River as a Source of Drinking Water with Kevin Culver, Midwest regional environmental compliance manager, Aqua America ​flier
​Jul. 23, 2013 Sustainability and Community Renewal with Tom Clark & Lisa Wogan, co-founders of VERDAE Group LLC of Momence and Janine Loftus, founder of Main Street Momence ​flier
​Jun. 25, 2013 Aquaponics and Its Environmental Impacts with Melanie Boehm, of Lettuce Fish, LLC of Kankakee County flier
​May 28, 2013 Sustainability Education in Area Schools with Christopher Shoup, science teacher with Kankakee School District 111 flier
​Apr. 23, 2013 Permaculture Design – Skills for 21st Century Living with Bill and Becky Wilson of Midwest Permaculture  ​flier
​Feb. 26, 2013 Alternative Energy? There is no alternative! with Tim Wilhelm, KCC professor & Electrical Technology program coordinator flier
​Feb. 11, 2013 Everglades of the North (The Kankakee Grand Marsh) with the Everglades of the North Production Team:
Brian Kallies (producer, director of photography and editor), Jeff Manes (producer, writer), Pat Wisniewski (producer, director of photography) and Tom Desch (producer, director of photography, editor)

 2012 events

​Nov. 13, 2012 Tales from our Past - the Kankakee Grand Marsh, the Kankakee Grand Prairie and the French Explorers with Vic Johnson, local historian ​flier
​Oct. 23, 2012 The Work of the River Roundtable with Mike Van Mill, Rich Howell, Larry Williams, Jeff Jarvis flier
​Sep. 25, 2012 Everglades of the North (The Kankakee Grand Marsh) with the Everglades of the North Production Team:
Brian Kallies (producer, director of photography and editor), Jeff Manes (producer, writer), Pat Wisniewski (producer, director of photography) and Tom Desch (producer, director of photography, editor)
​Aug. 28, 2012 Discovering our Bioregion, with Laurel Ross from the Field Museum ​flier
​Jul. 24, 2012 From Toxic to Treasures - The Amazing Story with by Tom Shepherd, board member and past president of Southeast Environmental Task Force ​ flier
​Jun. 26, 2012 The Nature Conservancy – Working Right In Our Own Backyard with Ted Anchor, restoration ecologist - Kankakee Sands Indiana Project and Rob Littiken, project manager for Kankakee Sands Illinois Project (Black Oak Savannah) ​flier
​May 22, 2012 Making Buildings 30% More Energy Efficient: The Illinois Energy Efficient Building Act with Darrin Meyers, PE, CEM, GBE, BPI-BA, president of International Energy Conservation Consultants flier
​Mar. 27, 2012 Birds, Bees and Butterflies with Jed Hertz – birding expert and contributor to scientific studies of local bird populations, Julie Larson - vice president of the Kankakee River Valley Beekeepers Association, and Small Sustainable Farm Owner and Joanne Hilliker - active master gardener with the University of Illinois Home Extension Office ​flier
​Feb. 28, 2012 Recycling in Downtown Chicago  with Meghann Maves, program developer for Recycling Services, Inc.; chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Illinois Chapter Chicago Branch flier
​Jan. 24, 2012 Equity Investing: Blue + Yellow = GREEN with Keith Maurer, CRPC, CRPS of Morgan Stanly Smith Barney ​flier


2011 events

​Oct. 26, 2011 The Kankakee River — Its Past, Present and Future with Kevin Culver, Midwest Regional Environmental Compliance Manager, AQUA ILLINOIS, Inc. and Rich Schultz, Sustainability Coordinator at KCC flier​
​Sep. 28, 2011 Recycling—a Growth Industry with Michael Mitchell, executive director, Illinois Recycling Association ​flier
​Sep. 14, 2011 Cars of the Future - What’s out there? with representatives from: Brown & Brown Chevrolet – Hyundai, Inc., Court Street Ford, Hove Buick Nissan, Inc. ​flier
​Aug. 24, 2011 Becoming a Good Steward the Earth: Ecology & Religion, with Brian Sauder, Faith In Place, Central Illinois Coordinator B.S. Natural Resources & Environmental Science, University of Illinois M.A. Urbana Theological Seminary ​flier
​Jul. 27, 2011 Sustainable Landscaping with Janine Catchpole, interpreter & landscaper at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and Bill & Becky Wilson of Midwest Permaculture ​flier
​Jul. 13, 2011 Why Save Old Wood? with Gail Wallace flier

 2010 events

​Nov. 23, 2010 Greening your Home, with Lonnie Morris from the Sierra Club of Illinois, NICOR, Com Ed and CUB reps flier