Portland Greendrinks is dedicated to creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable community by supporting local organizations, businesses, and green initiatives.
Portland Greendrinks is part of the international Greendrinks network — an informal, volunteer-managed social networking group built around a common interest in the natural environment. It occurs on the second Tuesday of every month, starting at 5:30 pm. The goal of Greendrinks is pretty simple: good times shared among people working in, or interested in, environmental and sustainability issues. Portland Greendrinks is a project of the Maine-based non-profit, The Triceratops Group, founded by Elliott May in January 2010.
What began in 1989 in a pub in Northern London has now spread to over 488 cities in 49 countries — and it’s still growing! Greendrinks brings together a lively mix of people from all walks of life: academics, NGOs, local businesses and government agencies. The goal is to create an organic, self-organizing network where everyone is welcome. It’s a great way to catch up with people you already know, as well as an opportunity to meet new people and make new connections. These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had their own share of “aha” moments. For more information on Greendrinks International, visit www.Greendrinks.org.
If you have a large venue located on the Portland Peninsula and you’d like reach a great audience of young professional compelled to do good in the world, please let us know!
Your venue must be able to hold 250-500 people. We’d love it if you already hold a liquor license, but even if you don’t we’d love to talk to you. Please email us!
Please note we plan for our year in the fall (2015 will be planned in fall of 2014, for instance) Around this time we send out messages through Facebook, Twitter, and email.
If you or your organization are interested in becoming a featured nonprofit, we’d like to know! We’re looking to support any or all of the following causes:
- Social Justice
- Cultural Awareness
- Community Building
- And, of course, environmentally minded
- Based in Maine
Pro tip: It’s best if you can find a venue for your event.
No political or religious groups, please!
Yes it’s true. Each year we award grants to very deserving people and organizations making Greater Portland even better. (see what we did there?) Stay in touch with us through Facebook, Twitter and email to learn how you can be involved!
Courtney Beer, President Courtney moved to Portland in 2004 and attended the first Greendrinks in Portland in 2007 for local beer and great conversation. She has enjoyed watching the group grow so much since. She is excited to be a new member of the Advisory Board. Courtney is an attorney at KIDS LEGAL within Pine Tree Legal Assistance where she represents young (13-24) victims of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Skiing and bowling occupy her winter while sailing and anything outside occupy her summer.
Ponch Membreño, Vice President Ponch has been involved in the outdoor industry and local Maine businesses for over 20 years. He got his start in his nonprofit and outdoor career working for the Chewonki Foundation as an environmental educator and wilderness trip leader. He has been director of an out-of-hospital birthing center, opened stores for Patagonia in NYC, and traveled a bit. Though he’s been forced to move to Santa Barbara, CA and NYC among other places, he and his family always find their way back to the Portland, ME area. Ponch, his wife, and two daughters live on Peaks and just love it. He currently works for Horny Toad and Nau – running the shop in Freeport, setting up warehouse sales and strategizing for those two West Coast brands on the East Coast. One of his favorite things to do is connecting good folks with other good folks.
Ben McCormack, Treasurer Ben was first introduced to Portland Greendrinks at Sebago Brewing company in 2010. He observed through subsequent events that Greendrinks is a supporter of many of the same organizations that define what is great about Portland to him (MITA, Portland Trails, Reverb, et al.). Naturally, he embraced the opportunity to help the board support the mission of the organization. Ben has lived in Maine for 12 years (yes, a transplant) and runs the North American division for a London-based software organization when he’s not enjoying the Maine outdoors or serving as the Treasurer for Greendrinks.
Sarah Longley, Secretary A born and raised Maine-iac, Sarah began attending Greendrinks when she moved home after college in 2010. She loves the ease with which the events connect people to each other and the community and, for someone whose personal mission is to meet every person in Portland, joining the board was a natural fit. She spends her days at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and plans all free time around food, friends, and the endless pursuit of adventure.
Colleen Croteau Shortly after moving to Portland, Colleen attended her first Greendrinks in June 2008 at O’Naturals. Seeing awesome people working together to help worthy organizations and discover interesting places led her to join the board in 2010. She still enjoys planning and attending monthly events, and is proud of the support that Greendrinks has been able to provide for a variety of nonprofit organizations. As Director of Business Operations at Maine Beer Company, Colleen is active in the local beer community, and enjoys working with the beverage partners and guest brewers that generously support Greendrinks and the community each month.
Tom Marczack Tom’s first Greendrinks was at Sebago Brewing Company’s Gorham brewery benefiting Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Not long after he helped found Portland Greendrinks’ inaugural board. A native Mainer having returned to Portland in 2003, Tom acts as a liaison to Greendrinks’ beverage sponsors and assists with liquor liability and other legal issues for the group. His day job is being an attorney specializing in municipal and professional liability and employment defense. When he’s not working or plotting for Greendrinks he enjoys hiking and fishing.
Cory Schnaible A Cape Codder washed ashore in Maine, Cory has lived in and around Portland since 2005. For him, it was love at first taste with Greendrinks and he’s excited to help the movement grow. When he’s not busy being a copywriter at Ethos, Cory runs, jumps, and writes some more. He loves his dog, his wife, his identical twin baby schniblets, and always sneezes into the inside of his left elbow.
Brian Kowtko Brian moved to Maine 17 years ago and fell in love with the state, its people, politics and natural beauty. His first Greendrinks was in August 2008 at The SOAP Group. As a chef and caterer, his daily work keeps him grounded in Portland’s local farming and green business community. Brian believes in promoting sustainable communities by connecting small businesses, entrepreneurs and local producers to each other and the people they serve. When he’s not planning, prepping or plating, you can can find him enjoying Portland’s many acclaimed restaurants, vibrant music scene, or talking someone’s ear off about our amazing little city. Brian lives in the West End with his beautiful wife, Jenny, and his awesome dog, Geronimo. He is still amazed at how rad Portland is.
Emily Brostek Current town: Portland, Maine Emily attended her first Greendrinks at the Maine Gulf Research Institute in 2011, and has been hooked ever since. A native Mainer, Emily moved to Portland in 2010 after venturing south for a few years to attend grad school. Emily is Associate Director at Consumers for Affordable Health Care, and can tell you more about the Affordable Care Act than you would probably ever want to know. In her spare time, you can usually find Emily running (slowly) around Portland, searching for the perfect lobster roll, or spending time with her two cats.
Oakley R. Dyer Current town: Cousins Island, Yarmouth Oakley became involved with Greendrinks after hosting an event at Portland Stage in December of 2008. Soon after that he helped form Greendrinks first Working Board in 2009, where he served until moving to the Advisory Board in 2014. He runs the M&A group at Diversified Communications, media and technology company headquartered in Portland.
Andrew Burke Andrew has been calling Portland home since 2006. Exploring all that Maine has to offer with his two sons. He first attended Greendrinks in 2010 and amazed the way the events brought people together to network and have fun while raising awareness about sustainability in the community. As an energy efficiency engineer and LEED accredited professional with Groom Energy Solutions, Andrew has dedicated his career to reducing building energy consumption. Wanting to help contribute to the great work of Greendrinks, Andrew joined the board in 2011.
Emily Baer Emily attended her first Greendrinks in the summer of 2010. A recent transplant, she was looking for a new to connect with like minded Portlanders and friends. Four years later she still looks forward to Tuesday nights and is excited to join the team makin’ it all happen. Emily works at Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland’s vibrant arts district and sits bench for Horny Toad Activewear in Freeport. When not at Salt or Horny Toad, Emily can be found playing with paints in her studio, jumping docks in the warmer months and always on the look out for the next great adventure.
|August||Maine Audubon/Gilsland Farm||Maine Audubon|
|July||Victoria Mansion||Learning Works|
|June||Portland Food Co-op||Maine Farmland Trust|
|May||Portland Yacht Services||SailMaine|
|April||Asylum||Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District|
|March||Cumberland County Civic Center||Hurricane Island Outward Bound School|
|February||Empire Chinese Kitchen||Women, Work, & Community|
|January||Ocean Gateway||Consumers for Affordable Healthcare|
|December||Port City Music Hall||Portland Music Foundation|
|November||Mariner’s Church Banquet Hall||Natural Resources Council of Maine|
|October||Urban Farm Fermentory||Bicycle Coalition|
|September||East End Beach||Friends of the Eastern Promenade|
|August||Deering Oaks Park||Friends of Deering Oaks|
|July||Maine Yacht Center||Rozalia Project|
|June||Bayside Bowl||Long Barn|
|May||Portland Yacht Services/ Portland Company||Maine Island Trail Association|
|April||Portland Flea-For-All||GrowSmart Maine|
|March||Port City Music Hall||Common Good Ventures|
|January||MECA||Preble Street Resource Center|
|December||State Theatre||Portland Music Foundation|
|November||Portland Yacht Services||Surfrider Foundation, Maine Chapter|
|October||Peloton Labs/ SOAP||Maine Center for Clean Elections|
|September||Inn on Peaks Island||Island Institute|
|August||Maine Green Building Supply||Portland Trails|
|July||Gulf of Maine Research Institute|
|May||Portland Flea-For-All, EMS||Appalachian Mountain Club|
|April||El Rayo Taqueria|
|March||CIEE||Goodwill Industries of NNE|
|February||Mariner’s Church, The Salt Exchange|
|January||The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies||SMRT|
|December||The State Theater||Portland Music Foundation|
|November||Asylum||World Affairs Council of ME|
|October||Sebago Brewing Company||Portland Buy Local|
|September||Diamond’s Edge on Great Diamond Island||MOFGA|
|August||Maine Green Building Supply||Portland Trails|
|July||Gulf of Maine Research Institute||Maine Businesses for Sustainability|
|June||Rippleffect, Cow Island|
|April||Port City Music Hall||Cultivating Community|
|March||Empire Dine & Dance||Environmental Health Strategy Center|
|February||JoyCott||Portland Public Market House|
|December||State Theater||Portland Music Foundation|
|November||Portland Children’s Museum|
|October||Port City Music Hall||Reverb|
|September||Bayside Bowl||League of Young Voters|
|August||Portland Yacht Services||Friends of Casco Bay|
|July||Maine Green Building Supply||Portland Trails|
|May||Sebago Brewing Company||Novare Res|
|April||Portland Museum of Arts||Konbit Sante|
|March||645 Congress St Condos||Portland Greenstreets|
|January||The VIA Group||Maine Magazine|
|December||Gulf of Maine Research Institute||Repower Maine|
|November||Grace||Wayside Soup Kitchen|
|September||Green Design Furniture||Madgirl|
|August||Empire Dine & Dance||317 Main St|
|July||Sebago Brewing Company||Lawyers for the Arts|
|June||Portland Trails||Gorham Bike & Ski|
|March||MECA||Maine Island Trail Association|
|February||Habitat for Humanity Re-Store|