Green Drinks

Green Drinks Kankakee logo Green 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.

Past events


An Exploration of the Flora of the Kankakee Sands Region with Floyd Catchpole - August 19, 2014

The Future of food, Part 2: Feeding Humans with Harry Carr - July 15, 2014

The Future of Food with Harry Carr - June 17, 2014

What is a Restoration Facility? with Gail Wallace - April 15, 2014

Consumer Supported Agriculture - What is it and How Does it Work? with Eric Sexton - March 18, 2014

Organic, What Does it Mean? with Julia McDonald and Julia Larsen - Jan. 28, 2014


Midewin: Where People & Prairie Restore Each Other with Wendy Tresouthick is the environmental education specialist at The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie - Oct. 22, 2013

Solarizing the Greater Kankakee Area with Timothy Wilhelm, KCC Electrical Technology program coordinator and Doug Stingle, MREA development director - Sept. 24, 2013

The Adequacy of the Kankakee River as a Source of Drinking Water with Kevin Culver, midwest regional environmental compliance manager, Aqua America - Aug. 27, 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 - July 23, 2013

Aquaponics and Its Environmental Impacts with Melanie Boehm, of Lettuce Fish, LLC of Kankakee County - Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sustainability Education in Area Schools with Christopher Shoup, science teacher with Kankakee School District 111 - May 28, 2013

Permaculture design – Skills for 21st Century Living with Bill and Becky Wilson of Midwest Permaculture  - April 23, 2013

Alternative Energy? There is no alternative! with Tim Wilhelm, KCC professor & Electrical Technology program coordinator - Feb. 26, 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) - Feb. 11, 2013


Tales from our Past - the Kankakee Grand Marsh, the Kankakee Grand Prairie and the French Explorers with Vic Johnson, local historian - Nov.13, 2012

The Work of the River Roundtable with Mike Van Mill, Rich Howell, Larry Williams, Jeff Jarvis - Oct. 23, 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) - Sept. 25, 2012

Discovering our Bioregion, with Laurel Ross from the Field Museum - Aug. 28, 2012

From Toxic to Treasures - The Amazing Story with by Tom Shepherd, board member and past president of Southeast Environmental Task Force - July 24, 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) - June 26, 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 -  May 22, 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 -  March 27, 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 -  Feb. 28, 2012

Equity Investing: Blue + Yellow = GREEN with Keith Maurer, CRPC, CRPS of Morgan Stanly Smith Barney - January 24, 2012


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 -  Oct. 26, 2011

Recycling—a Growth Industry with Michael Mitchell, executive director, Illinois Recycling Association - Sept. 28, 2011

Cars of the Future - What’s out there? with representatives from: Brown & Brown Chevrolet – Hyundai, Inc. ● Court Street Ford ● Hove Buick Nissan, Inc.  - Sept. 14, 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 - Aug. 24, 2011

Sustainable Landscaping with Janine Catchpole, interpreter & landscaper at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and Bill & Becky Wilson of Midwest Permaculture - July 27, 2011

 Why Save Old Wood? with Gail Wallace - July 13, 2011


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