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Green Drinks: Habitat
Wed, 1 February 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM MST
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On Feb. 1, we'll be celebrating guests who are making Edmonton a sustainable and vibrant place to live and work.
All of us have a role to play in shaping our urban environment, whether we're planners, designers, activists, organizers, or just people who want to make their mark. Green Drinks: Habitat brings those people under one roof to highlight the work they've done and help plant the seeds for a happier, more sustainable urban future in Edmonton and beyond.
Come meet and connect with some of the leading figures & thinkers in our local community and learn what strange and wonderful things are emerging in our city.
Yvonne Pronovost will be at Green Drinks to talk about 100In1Day. The original event started in Bogota Columbia in 2012. It encourages everyone to work together to create 100+ projects across one city in a single day. In June, it saw Edmonton erupt with activity, from puppet shows to concerts and art displays. And they plan to do it again. The event's message is simple: It is up to each of us to step up and build a better city. Yvonne is an urbanist, reader and is "generally excited about stuff."
Khuyen Khuong is the founder of URB PRK, an organization that works with local businesses and emerging young talent in Architecture and Planning to create innovative and sustainable parks within an urbanscape. The mission is to create vibrant social spaces for every living being to enjoy while providing an outlet for students and interns to showcase their creativity and show the importance of design and how it can be both clever and environmentally responsible. By the power of proximity and osmosis, only greater community presence can result and that is ultimately the gold nugget we are after! Khuyen is also one of three directors of Cafe Mosaics.
Edmonton faces one major obstacle when it comes to early planning: Four months of brutal winter. But some in our city are taking this obstacle and turning it into an opportunity to transform the way we think about winter weather. The Winter Cities Shake Up conference is coming up from February 16-18, with topics such as how to build thriving winter economies and how to make cities more liveable and accessible year-round. Joining us to speak on the topic: Sam Singh and Shauna Young.
Paul Giang will be joining to talk about Breathe: Edmonton's Green Network Strategy. Paul Giang grew up exploring Edmonton’s landscape, which led him to study ecology and urbanism. He is a planner in the City Planning Branch with the City of Edmonton where he also worked on fresh: Edmonton's Food Strategy. After studying in Montreal and India, he came back to Edmonton to rediscover and share what he loves about the city.
Conrad Nobert is the Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of Paths for People, an organization focused on improving conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. Conrad is a father, husband, computer programmer and an amateur fiddler. He's also a passionate advocate for livable cities and environmental sustainability. In 2008 he co-designed and built Edmonton’s first single-detached net zero house, and he has been using it as a home base for walks and bike rides ever since. Conrad loves to be outside with his family, exploring and enjoying the wonderful city of Edmonton.
Tim Querengäßer moved to Edmonton in 2013 and, as a dedicated walker, noticed people on foot getting lost in our tiny downtown. So, he started the Edmonton Wayfinding Project (now The Edmonton Wayfinding Society), which successfully pushed the City of Edmonton to accelerate creating wayfinding on our streets and in our pedways. Tim is currently the Managing Editor of Metro Edmonton, but will be leaving to work on a book.
Tickets: $10 in advance. $15 at the door (cash only - ATM on premises).
WHAT IS GREEN DRINKS?
Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.
We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.
These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity. It's a force for the good and we'd like to help it spread to other cities. Contact your local node to get the latest info about coming along.
Please note that attendance is at the discretion of The Local Good.