Monday, 4 May 2015

What's new at Green Drinks: May Updates

Last week we had great energy at our regular event. Some of the discussion highlights included:

 1.The bizarre flurry of media attention with the Andy Wells letter against electric vehicles (mid April). And the other one calling climate change a farce....(See the follow up here, which included an American professor Michael Mann jumping in to correct non-factual statements).

2. Tesla Powerwall. This is a new battery system that is going to change how the world consumes power. We are watching this all unfold with great interest.

For the upcoming Green Drinks on May 27th, we will be on at Bitters as usual. Originally, we were going to be invited to have Green Drinks at Green Rock EVS, but this has been postponed until June. The reason is that Green Rock EVS needs to go accept their award for EV Dealership Inspiration. Congrats to them!

See you all May 27 at Bitters for another engaging evening for the environment.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Green Drinks Wednesday April 29, 7:00 pm @ Bitters MUN Campus

Hello Green Drinkers!

We look forward to seeing you at our next informal networking event. 
We will be at Bitters Pub, Wednesday April 29th, 7 pm. 

 Look for our mascot Charlie the dinosaur.

For our last Green Drinks event, we "crashed" the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's event in support of Gros Morne National Park. Thanks to all those who came out to the successful night!

Send us a note or leave a comment if you have something you'd like to bring to the group on April 29th. Our group is growing fast and we are very excited to see so many Green Drinkers in St. John's. Let's keep it up! We welcome all new and regular members.


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Net metering coming soon to NL!

Great news everyone! The long awaited net-metering policy is expected to be implemented in NL this year.

Net-metering allows people to produce electricity in their own homes and sell whatever power they don't use back to the grid (i.e. the power company). Net metering is an essential thing to make home power production more mainstream. Hopefully we'll be seeing more solar panels around town soon!

Read more on the developments in the Telegram.

We couldn't be more excited!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Make your garden gold!

Composting is awesome for two reasons:
1. It cuts down on the waste that goes to the landfill.
2. It provides you with a source of rich healthy soil to mix into your garden. It's powerful "garden gold".

Composting at home is easy. Instead of throwing your food scraps into the garbage, put them into a separate bin that gets emptied in your own backyard composter. Every once in a while, top up your compost with some shredded paper/dried leaves/or other dried fibrous materials, give it a stir and let the magic happen.

If done properly, you won't have bad smells, rodents, or other problems! So don't worry, and learn the basics.

Don't have a bin? Don't know what you are doing? The City of St. John's will help you. They are offering workshops for compost newbies and novices where you learn the basics and take home your own bin.

Check it out! Register here.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Let's bring net-metering to NL!

Net-metering is the process of generating power in one's home and selling it back to the grid. Power can be produced at home with solar panels, wind-turbines, or other creative methods. This system allows people to save on their energy costs at home, and if they produce enough power they can even generate profit from their sales to the grid. Newfoundland and Labrador is the only province in Canada that does not allow net-metering. 

To learn more and see how you can support bringing net-metering see People for Power NLhere.