‘Green Drinks,’ a group of like-minded GJ greenies, set to meet Aug. 28 at Edgewater Brewery
WHAT: Grand Junction Green Drinks gathering
WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Wed., Aug. 28
WHERE: Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave.
COST: Free to attend; drinks and food available for purchase
NOTE: Bring lawn chairs for sitting outside on the brewery’s manicured lawn.
Grand Junction Green Drinks (GJGD), an environmentally-focused networking group, will host its third event 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Edgewater Brewery Tap and Grill.
The new venue’s outdoor activities area offers the perfect location for an end-of-summer gathering, which will highlight the new partnership between Mesa County’s Organic Materials Composting Facility and the Edgewater Brewery.
As the operations of the brewery ramp-up, they are tasked with finding disposal options for excess brewing liquid, which contain high levels of biological oxygen demand. This results in Edgewater accruing excess fees to dispose of and properly process the liquid at the wastewater treatment facility. Rather than treat this liquid as a waste, Mesa County will beneficially reuse the liquid in their composting operations at the Organic Materials Composting Facility.
“Water is a scarce resource in Colorado’s arid climate so we are excited about the opportunity to utilize the brewing liquid in compost production” said Mesa County Solid Waste Director Cameron Garcia. “Not only will this reduce the amount of water that we need to purchase, the microbes in the compost will also benefit from the yeast and sugar left over from the brewing process.”
Green Drinks International, started in 1989, is focused on bringing environmentally-minded people together for drinks, food and invigorating discussions. The idea is to generate dialogue based around environmental issues, to educate and learn from one another, and to share ideas on how to implement various sustainability programs in the local community.
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