Environmentalists meeting monthly for Green Drinks

There’s no requirement to imbibe green beer, absinthe or apple-tinis, but the eco-minded can enjoy some camaraderie and like-minded company at this month’s Green Drinks, to be held at Fish On! in Lewes on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Lewes Realtor Susan Pomerantz, who works for Ocean Atlantic and has been studying sustainable building practices, started organizing the downstate Green Drinks gatherings in June. While she admits the summer might not have been the best time to start, the group still took off and has grown. The events now see anywhere from 20 to 60 people, she noted.

“It’s international. Some places in Australia, they have 1,500 people,” she pointed out.

While it’s not that big yet, the coastal Delaware Green Drinks is growing. The monthly event is designed as a way for people interested in environmental issues or green industries to get together and network.

Each month, the group tries to meet at a restaurant that has an appreciation for all things “green.” For instance they have met at Bethany Blues in Lewes, which installed a “green roof” – complete with rooftop vegetation shown to help with heating and cooling costs – and the Buttery in Lewes, and have future plans to possibly meet at Nantucket’s in Fenwick Island, which recently erected a windmill and installed solar panels on their roof.

Green Drinks does not require a membership to participate.

“There’s no money exchanged in the group,” explained Pomerantz. “We find a restaurant interested in doing it and send out e-mails, and everybody buys their own drinks and we just get together. It’s lovely and very social.”

Green Drinks meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (302) 339-6024. For more information on Green Drinks International, visit www.greendrinks.org.