Monday, January 14, 2008

January Green Drinks

No official confirmation on the venue for our big Green Drinks event in February to launch 2008 but that is coming very soon so stay tuned...

Meanwhile, please join us for our regular monthly networking event next Wednesday January 16th 2008 at 7:30 at Leopold Bros. (523 S. Main).

3 Comments:

At 1/16/2008 1:38 PM, Blogger Pauline said...

I am not able to join you tonight but hope to come in February. Meanwhile here's an idea for a project that I'd like to implement.

The project has to do with reducing/eliminating the use of plastic shopping bags in stores in our area. I'd like to form a group of 5-10 people (or more) to plan and research this. I see a two-pronged approach. One is to educate the public about bringing their own bags to stores and the other would be negotiating with the large chains to see if they would voluntarily reduce the use of the bags. I would also expect to gather support from organizations such as the Ecology Center, the Mayor, City Council, etc., and perhaps form a coalition to push this.
I think the time is right and if we came up with model that could easily be applied in other areas that would be great. Ikea now charges for plastic bags and many stores now offer cloth or other types of reuseable bags.
I've done a bit of research on the topic and have been in touch with the San Francisco supervisor who introduced the legislation in that city. He sent me copies of the bill and also some other material. SF is the only city I know of in the US that has banned plastic bags. Interestingly, Hong Kong has also done so as well as Ireland.

Hope to see you in February and launch this project.

Pauline

 
At 2/02/2008 5:04 PM, Blogger turtlewoman said...

Is there an o2MI branch in the TC, MI area?

Thanks, Lindy

 
At 2/06/2008 2:48 PM, Blogger shannon said...

Pauline, hope to see you at our February 21st event.

Lindy, there is no O2-Michigan branch in TC that I'm aware of. It might be best to just start a whole new o2-usa chapter up there:
http://www.o2-usa.org/newchaps.html

(Ours should probably be considered O2-SEMichigan.)

On a more casual level you could just organize a TC Green Drinks, see www.greendrinks.org for ideas.

 

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