Stop by for some ‘Green Drinks’ in Grand Junction |

Stop by for some ‘Green Drinks’ in Grand Junction

Sharon Sullivan

Before heading overseas to earn a master’s degree in sustainable environmental resource management, Gin Phillips decided Grand Junction needed a “Green Drink.” And Phillips is back in town. She recently met with locals for their second Green Drinks meeting at Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery, 524 Colorado Ave.

Green Drinks chapters have sprung up worldwide since the movement started in a London pub in 1989. A few friends sitting around socializing and discussing sustainability issues were joined by others nearby.

The group decided to make it a movement. The idea was to invite anyone to come to a monthly meeting for socializing and discussion of primarily, but not limited to, environmental matters.

Green Drinks International describes itself as an “organic, self-organizing network” for the purpose of getting together with like-minded folks for drinks, food and discussions based on environmental issues.

“I wanted to bring people out of the woodwork to talk about issues,” Phillips, 35, said.

On Tuesday, April 23, at Planet Earth, Palisade farmers Jessica and Scott Washkowiak talked about their Field to Fork CSA in Palisade. The Washkowiak’s Community Supported Agriculture program provides fresh, locally grown produce weekly to 80 members in the Grand Valley. An annual CSA membership fee ensures farmers a needed income at the beginning of the growing season. In turn, consumers receive organically grown, freshly harvested produce from someone they know using methods they want to support.

Grand Junction Green Drinks met for the first time last month at Kannah Creek Brewing Company, where people talked about e-waste recycling and composting — although there’s no set agenda, Phillips said.

She said she’d like to see people meet at different places to promote various businesses.

To learn more or suggest a topic or meeting place, contact Phillips at or visit

Go to to see a list of countries with Green Drinks International chapters.

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