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-Green Drinks Arlington-

USUALLY on First Thursdays (unless otherwise noted) at rotating Arlington, Virginia venues-

Check out the details below for the next Green Drinks Arlington Happy Hour

Ring in the New Year and Learn about Amazon Watch!!!

Join your favorite GREEN GURUS for an evening of networking and learning. Looking to grow your network? Find a job? Learn more about environmental issues or sustainability and energy? Then this will be a great place for you! Bring a friend or colleague to join in the fun! 6-8:30p at Liberty Tavern in Clarendon.

About The Speaker: Moira Birss works as Media and Communications Manager with the DC office for Amazon Watch. Moira will provide an update on current projects that Amazon Watch is working on and offer insights into how folks right here in the Washington, DC area can get involved and help Amazon Watch propel its mission to advocate on behalf of indigenous communities in the Amazon region.

When: Thursday, January 5...6:00 to 8:30pm

Where: Liberty Tavern in Clarendon...3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201






Meet, Greet, and Learn More About Sierra Club's Projects In NoVa

Join your favorite Eco-Minded and Sustainability gurus for an evening of networking and learning. Looking to grow your network? Find a job? Learn more about environmental issues or sustainability and energy? Then this will be a great place for you!
Bring a friend or colleague to join in the networking fun! 6-8:30p at Liberty Tavern in Clarendon.


About The Speaker: Taylor Bennett works as Community Outreach Coordinator for the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, supporting Northern Virginia communities to transition to clean energy. Taylor will provide an update on how we can #ActOnClimate in Virginia and around the area.


When: Thursday, October 6...6:00 to 8:30pm


Where: Liberty Tavern in Clarendon...3195 Wilson Boulvard, Arlington, VA 22201




Networking and talking about Virginia's Clean Power Plan

Join your favorite Eco-Minded and Sustainability gurus for an evening of networking. Looking to grow your network? Find a job? Learn more about environmental issues or sustainability and energy, then this will be a great place for you!
Bring a friend or colleague to join in the networking fun! 6-8:30p at Le Pain Quotidien in Clarendon.


About The Speaker: Kelsey Crane works as Conservation Program Coordinator for the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, supporting Northern Virginia communities to transition to clean energy. Kelsey will provide an update on the status of Virginia's Clean Power Plan, what stands in the way, and how we, as concerned citizens, can #ActOnClimate!

About LPQ: "Whenever we can, we source organic ingredients. This way, we not only build lasting and meaningful partnerships with organic farmers, but we also ensure our ingredients are of the highest quality. It's about finding the very best, in a way that is good for all of us. This philosophy influences every part of the way we do business, from the food we serve to the design of our stores to the materials we use. We use reclaimed wood and recycled Gypsum in construction, energy-efficient lamps, and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and packaging.
It's good for our bodies, our communities, and our earth."
OH! And it doesn't hurt that it is a hop, skip and a jump from the Clarendon Metro!


When: Thursday, October 6...6:00 to 8:30pm


Where: Le Pain Quotidien in Clarendon...2900 Clarendon Boulvard, Arlington, VA 22201
This is a super commuter friendly spot in the heart of Clarendon! You can hoof it on over from the Clarendon Metro or find one of the many metered spots on the street.
Want to be a member of Green Drinks Arlington?! It's easy- just show up to an event and say - I'm with Green Drinks and they will point you to our direction- or find us on Facebook.


Why: Green Drinks is just a fun happy hour to network and meet like-minded people who you can chat it up with about this that or the other thing... So, how do you do Green Drinks Arlington? Just show up and tell the hostess that you're with Green Drinks! Bring a friend, colleague, or...just yourself... just come on out and have some people who are like-minded and get your sustainability on. Cheers!



 Clarendon has missed us, and we have been really wanting to check out Le Pain Quotidien, which is a great organically and when possible, locally sourced restaurant chain right in Clarendon, super-close to the Metro!

What could be better than to stop into a communal table inspired establishment to chat and network with friends during the first days  of Spring?

More about Le Pain Quotidien:

"Whenever we can, we source organic ingredients. This way, we not only build lasting and meaningful


partnerships with organic farmers, but we also ensure our ingredients are of the highest quality. It's about finding the very best, in a way that is good for all of us.

This philosophy influences every part of the way we do business, from the food we serve to the design of our stores to the materials we use. We use reclaimed wood and recycled Gypsum in construction, energy-efficient lamps, and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and packaging.

It's good for our bodies, our communities, and our earth."

More about the Speaker:


Chelsea Harnish joined VAEEC as Executive Director in October 2015.
Screenshot 2016-03-22 10.03.47Chelsea’s resume includes nearly a decade of campaign planning and energy policy experience in the nonprofit sector. For the last seven years, she has regularly engaged with state agency staff, as well as, industry and utility representatives to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in Virginia. Chelsea came to VAEEC from the Virginia Conservation Network were she helped partner groups working on climate and energy issues strategically plan their approaches to achieving their collective goals. She also served as the Virginia Policy Coordinator for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and played a variety of roles with a small nonprofit on Cape Cod in Massachusetts advocating for the Cape Wind project, America’s first announced
offshore wind project.

Brief Overview of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (http://www.vaeec.org/)

The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) is a broad coalition working to assess and support programs, innovation, best practices and policies that advance energy efficiency in Virginia, and to provide a forum for stakeholder interaction.

Screenshot 2016-03-22 10.03.25The purpose of the VAEEC is to:
Engage stakeholders to identify barriers and opportunities to energy efficiency as a resource in Virginia; Develop a strong, fact based and balanced industry voice before local, state and national policymakers and regulators; Inform our members of events, legislation and regulation at the local, state and national level that affects their businesses; Provide networking, outreach, and business services for our state’s energy efficiency industry and the public at large.

When:Thursday, April  21 6-8:30

Where: Le Pain Quotidien Clarendon

2900 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
@ N. Fillmore St.


Green Drinks is just a fun happy hour to network and meet like-minded people who you can chat it up with about this that or the other thing... So, how do you do Green Drinks Arlington? Just show up and tell the hostess that you're with Green Drinks! Bring a friend, colleague, or...just yourself... just come on out and have some people who are like-minded and get your sustainability on. Cheers!

From the Orange Line... head towards the venue. There is plenty of metered street parking around if you are driving, and Capital Bike Share has put in a stop at the Metro Station exit. See you there!


Come join us for a wonderful, fun, engaging family-friendly event that will inspire you to think about Local and free-trade artists and bring together community at a fun, laid back gallery opening and bazaar all for a good cause.



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For the 6th year in a row, Green Drinks Arlington's founder, Genevieve Concannon has teamed up with the brilliant creatives at  Sweet Root Village  and Tammy Bjorge to bring you a festive party to engage the community in local art, beer and the spirit of Community... Since we love Arlington, there is no better time to come together to celebrate and give back to one of our favorite Arlington charities! We bring you the Sixth Annual Heart+Pints Bazaar!

Since we had another successful event last year, we have added even more local artisans and boutiques from Arlington and Northern Virginia! We hope to arouse your senses with food, fun and creativity and foster more community growth. Shop local artists photography, paintings, pottery, glass art, floral design, gift baskets and more while listening to laid back music and sipping drinks. Doesn't that sound better than wresting people for trinkets for your sweetheart at the Mall or just popping on Amazon- boooorrring? Yeah, we thought so!

Join us and enjoy music, and beer in Samuel Beckett's downstairs gallery space in the heart of Shirlington with unique art by various local and free-trade artists and health conscious vendors!

2016 Heart + Pints Bazaar

Entry: Suggested donation of a canned-good to benefit AFAC, our local area food bank. Our goal is to donate over 500 lbs of food to them.

Heart + Pints Instagram Event DetailsAll food donated will go directly to AFAC.

A portion of proceeds from Samuel Beckets will go to AFAC.

When: Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Where: 2800 S. Randolph St. #110, Arlington, VA 22206 (Parking Garage located off of alley behind Signature Theatre)

A bit about the Artists:

Sweet Root Village is an inspired community of local artists and designers collaborating to create fabulous events through their inspirational photography and design eye! They specialize in photography, event planning and decor, and floral decor. They also offer videography, makeup artistry, custom music composition, and graphic design services! Four creative souls strong, Sweet Root Village has the capacity to design and implement event planning while focusing on the individual. At the Art+Wine Bazaar, Sweet Root Village will be displaying their photography, booking photo sessions, offering gift certificates for sale, and raffling off a free photography session!


DIAMANTINA designs, manufactures and distributes fashion-forward leather handbags and accessories targeted to stylish men and women in tune with fashion trends, and who are appreciative of avant-garde designs and modern aesthetics. Our collections include a wide variety of exclusive handbags, designer belts and wallets, all showcasing a wide variety of colors and textures. DIAMANTINA was created from the partnership of two good friends who share a passion for fashion and wanted to provide job opportunities to skilled men and women from their home country, Argentina. Behind Diamantina there is the legacy and support of a family-owned Argentine business, which for generations has specialized in producing and exporting genuine leather garments.

Marsha Lederman holds BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a freelance illustrator, designer and fine artist living with her family in Arlington. Recently she has returned to her love of sculpture and is working as a resident artist at the Lee Arts Center where she has been creating terra cotta sculptural pieces and kiln fired jewelry using PMC clays, which become solid metals such as bronze and most recently white copper which is reminiscent of pewter. PMC is made from recycled metals, and the pieces are finished with filing and burnishing. She often incorporates other materials, sterling silver, fresh water pearls or cubic zirconium. Yoga imagery and nature are the main themes she has been exploring recently. Her work includes books, greeting cards, nature, and logo work for both nonprofits and corporations and she loves to be able to add humor whenever possible. She also accepts commissioned portraiture: people, houses, and pets. Her media expertise is in watercolor, pastel, pencil, pen and ink, mixed media, ceramic sculpture and precious metal clay. www.marshalederman.com www.zazzle.com/marlederman

Covet Boutique is a fabulous award winning design and jewelry shop in the heart of Bluemont. Arlington owned and operated, it is a true gem of a shop when you can find the perfect gift for just about anyone!

Joy Bliss Raw  a local artisanal raw chocolate company based in Washington, DC.  All of their chocolate creations are handcrafted to perfection in small batches, using only fair trade, organic & high quality raw ingredients, which are higher in antioxidants than regular chocolate.  There are also no preservatives, additives or emulsifiers. Free of dairy, soy & gluten. Adding only the right amount of natural sweeteners like coconut, date or maple syrups.

Dino Almaguer graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in furniture design. He now creates his own unique designs from his small home studio in Washington, DC. Check out his eco-friendly, locally produced works on papurniture.com
Tickled Photos You met Lauren last year, who manned the super-fun photo booth, where you got to take adorable, silly, fun, quirky photos?! Yes! She is back... Thanks  Lauren! Tickled Photos- We are an event photography company based in Washington, DC that provides photo booth rentals and custom installations for branding, festivals, and just plain fun. Since we are located in Washington, DC, this puts us in the perfect position to deliver our photo booth service all around the DC-metro area, including the Southern parts of Maryland and Northern Virginia. We bring our expertise and creativity to rock your parties and events with our interactive photo installations. So if you’re looking for the perfect photo booth at your next event, look no further! We make sure your guests have an amazing time and take great photos to share.

Cheers to our new additions this year!

NativeSwell- A bit about Annie: "I have a passion for reusing, recreating and breathing new life into old components. I love making jewelry and believe that it's just another way to express who you are and how you feel about life!
The stones that I choose to work with are handpicked for not only their aesthetic but also for there healing qualities.
Screenshot 2016-02-08 16.30.12For thousands of years people across the globe have reveared stones & crystals for the properties which they possess. Stones have been used for ornamentation, healing and as symbols of power and strength.
The nature of the varying geometric crystalline structures and their particles in motion give each crystal and stone its unique energy resulting in varying vibrations. Crystals and stones have the ability to absorb and trasmit energy."

Conflicted Pixie- Get excited about meeting Erica, and the folks at Conflicted Pixie! "We believe in the dreamers & doers and our mission is to share their work and tell their stories. Most goods stocked in our shop are handcrafted by solopreneurs and produced in small batches, often times in the artisan's home. We believe that shopping small means supporting a new american-made economy and when your hard earned money is supporting a craft and a real person/family, it feels pretty damn good to spend it! We are a little family residing in Alexandria, VA - a product designer/maker & shop girl Mom, woodworking Dad, 2 pint size pixie daughters, and a sad face bulldog."

Christine Olmstead- Fall in love with Christine's story, let along her gorgeous fine art! "When I was 18 months old my mother (a lifelong professional artist and graphic designer) gave me a set of watercolors. The paint set is long gone, but I've been painting ever since. I've studied art history and recreated all of the masterpieces to learn technique, stroke, and color palettes. I'm a nationally recognized artist with a bachelor's degree in classical liberal arts. I'm mostly influenced by soothing music and the french impressionists, namely Monet and Degas. When you look at my pieces I want you to feel at peace, calmed, and hopeful. I want my viewers to know that there is still beauty left in the world, and I hope to inspire others to find beauty in their ordinary lives. Forsaking the cubicle life, I'm pursuing what I love with the people I love. As a full time artist and part time graphic/web designer, I have a *wonderful* husband and an imaginary cat."

Mintwood- Make new friends in Heloise and Caroline! "Heloise believes that being comfortable in your home is essential to being happy. While studying education in graduate school, The Washington Post approached her about doing a story on her rental basement apartment, which she transformed into a beautiful, budget-friendly retreat. Soon after the story ran she traded in her chalkboard for a job working with a top DC design firm. While Heloise loved interior design, she ultimately found it too exclusive and cost prohibitive for young professionals. Particularly frustrated with buying custom pillows—trade-only fabrics, high prices and long lead times—she set out to simplify the process and make great design more accessible.With a background in marketing and graphic design, Caroline has always had a passion for all things creative, with an emphasis on design and interiors. After six years in the corporate world, Caroline was itching to find a professional path that was more creative.Whether it’s managing the company’s social media presence, planning features with prominent bloggers or designing and executing a new marketing campaign, Caroline has been a crucial part of the company’s growth and success from the very beginning."

Margaret Moya- At the Moya Gallery,  we co-operate with a group of the most talented artists who continuously search for new forms of expression, breaking with accepted practices and conventions. The objects available at Moya Gallery are unique in their nature. The jewelry shown here combines many artistic domains. Apart from inspiration, what counts, are the artist's ideas, as well as the quality and precision with which the pieces of jewelry were made.

Shrimp Salad Circus- You are going to seriously go gaga for Lindsay! "Shrimp Salad Circus is a daily DIY and lifestyle blog and brand I created way back in oh-nine. The blog covers everything from an extensive library of DIY tutorials to tech tips and inspiration. Here and on my different social media platforms are where I find meaningful ways to connect every day with my readers, fans, and followers in more than 200 countries across the globe."

Brittany Gabel- fused glass art


 We will have awesome silent auction items to delight you brought to you by....

Sweet Root Village- ________

Tickled Photos- ________

Marsha Lederman- ________

Joy Bliss Raw- ________

Claudia Diamante- ________

NativeSwell- ________

Conflicted Pixie- ________

Christine Olmsted- ________

Mintwood- ________

Dino Almaguer-________

Margaret Moya- ________

Shrimp Salad Circus- ________

Brittany Gabel-________

Jeremy Pearce/Mary Pike- handmade recycled-content bag filled with delicious divine chocolates!

Jeremy Pearce- Green Festival tickets 

Genevieve Concannon
















Join us along with the powerhouses of the Leaders in Energy group at the February 2/5 Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at George Mason University to be followed up with a Green Drinks Arlington happy hour!



This panel, put together by the incomperable Janine Finnell, who will also be the oderator for the event would like for you check out the fantastic opportunities to network, engage and learn some impactful things from their powerful panelists. - The details below are straight from the Leaders in Energy Site.

Come join us at the February 5th Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza,  sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter and the Leaders in Energy.  The Extravaganza includes:

–a Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership lunch panel (11:30 – 1:45);

–Showcase featuring George Mason University professors and students discussing their research and education programs (2 – 5 pm); and

–Evening networking event at the Hilton Arlington Garden Grill (near Courthouse Metro) from 6 – 8 pm.

Tickets for the Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership lunch panel are available at the Association of Energy Engineer’s National Capital website at: http://www.aeencc.org/upcoming-events-2.html

Tickets for the afternoon Showcase and evening networking event are available through Leaders in Energy.    Showcase tickets include the evening networking function.  Tickets can also be purchased separately for the evening networking event from 6-8 pm.   Registration is available at: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ec3mbuoid6465e00&oseq=&c=&ch=


More information follows below:


Lunch panel on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership.

Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership Lunch and Panel Session —
“Making an Impact in Your Clean Energy and Sustainability Career”

Friday, February 5, 2015
11:30 am to 1:45 pm
Multipurpose Room and Auditorium
Founder’s Hall
George Mason University – Arlington Campus
3351 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201-4426


More details on this event are available at the Association of Energy Engineer’s National Capital Chapter at:  http://www.aeencc.org/upcoming-events-2.html


Luncheon fees are $30 for AEE National Capital Chapter members, $40 for non-members and guests, Free for AEE student chapter members (click to join AEE as a student member for $15 per year) and their faculty/staff sponsors. (See registration button above or www.aeencc.org)

AEE NCC Council for Women in Energy and Environment Leadership (CWEEL) Luncheon Moderator and Panelists (11:30 – 1:45 pm) 


Janine Finnell

Janine Finnell

Janine Finnell, Clean Energy Ambassador and Founder, Leaders in Energy

Janine Finnell is known for her extensive domestic and international experience in the clean energy and sustainability arena and her passion, commitment, and vision in furthering the development of a sustainable energy system, economy, and world. As the Founder and Clean Energy Ambassador for Leaders in Energy, she seeks to connect change leaders to enable sustainable solutions. Leaders in Energy has attracted 1900+ members worldwide through LinkedIn and 1200+ professionals in the Washington DC Metro area. Click here to “Join Our Leaders in Energy Community”). Key building blocks of the organization involve utilizing systems thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration, recognizing the important role of talent and leadership across all generations, and helping to connect members on green job and business opportunities. Ms. Finnell’s experience includes working at a state energy office, serving as a Foreign Service Officer, and employment at IBM, DynCorp International, the Institute of Energy Analysis, and other management and technology firms. Ms. Finnell serves on the Board of the Association of Energy Engineer’s National Capital Chapter representing its Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership. 


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Joanne Ivancic, Advanced Biofuels USA Executive Director

Ms. Ivancic, has lived and worked in the Washington area for nearly 40 years. She graduated from George Washington University National Law Center, worked for Senator Charles Grassley under his chairmanship of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and has served as a lobbyist for Atlantic Biomass Conversions, Inc., an enzyme development company working to convert agricultural waste into value-added advanced biofuels. On Capitol Hill, with executive agencies, and in other public forums she promotes advanced biofuels understanding, research, production and use.

Ms. Ivancic has observed the development of advanced biofuels research and financing for about 20 years. In April 2008 she co-founded Advanced Biofuels USA to fill a gap in public understanding and perception about biofuels, to emphasize the potential of truly renewable sustainable “next generation” or “advanced” biofuels. “People knew about corn-ethanol and biodiesel, but they didn’t-and don’t-know much about advanced biofuels,” she explains. “We aim to change that.” She has earned a spot in Biofuels Digest’s “Top 100 in the Bioeconomy” for the past six years.

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Gail H. Marcus, Ph.D., Independent Consultant

Dr. Marcus is an Independent Consultant on nuclear power technology and policy. She has over 35 years of experience, including nearly 30 years working on nuclear regulation and development, both for U.S. government agencies and for an international agency. During the course of her career, she has served as Deputy Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in Paris; Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology; Visiting Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan; in various senior management positions in the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); and as Assistant Chief of the Science Policy Research Division at the Congressional Research Service. 

Dr. Marcus has also served as President of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), as Chair of the Engineering Section of AAAS, and as the resident faculty member of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering. She is a Fellow of the ANS and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and received the first Gail de Planque Women’s Achievement Award. Dr. Marcus recently authored a book, Nuclear Firsts: Milestones on the Road to Nuclear Power Development, which has been recognized by ASME with its Engineer-Historian Award. Dr. Marcus has an S.B. and S.M. in Physics, and an Sc.D. in Nuclear Engineering, all from MIT. She is the first woman to earn a doctorate in nuclear engineering in the United States.


Dr. Elaine Ulrich, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Ulrich is a program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy where she leads the SunShot balance of systems/soft costs team. Her team which works to reduce the non-hardware (soft costs) of solar, lower barriers to solar adoption, and foster market growth through support for state and local development and technical assistance programs; information and data assets; finance and business model development; workforce and training programs; and policy and regulatory analysis. 

A former American Physical Society/American Association for the Advancement of Science policy fellow, Dr. Ulrich has spent the past few years working on renewable energy. She previously held positions in the office of former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, the Energy Department’s Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis, and in the office of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, where she worked to build a comprehensive solar energy portfolio. Dr. Ulrich holds a B.A. in physics from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in optical science from the University of Arizona

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Ms. Seema Wadhwa, Assistant Vice President of Sustainability and Wellness for Inova Health System 

Ms. Wadhwa is the Assistant Vice President of Sustainability and Wellness for Inova Health System. Ms. Wadhwa embraces health and wellness as core drivers for sustainability and her strategic planning and management efforts have demonstrated multi-million dollar savings and measurable impacts. Ms. Wadhwa has influenced the national conversation on sustainability in healthcare while leading the Healthier Hospitals Initiative from launch to over 1300 hospitals enrolled across the nation. 

She began her career as a Civil Engineer working to build communities and now works to build healthier communities. She has a passion for sharing knowledge and co-authored the first book for leadership in the field of healthcare sustainability. Her publications also include material in variety of books on topics ranging from teaching sustainability to sustainability in managerial ethics. She has been quoted in national publications including Modern Healthcare, Becker’s Review and Healthcare Finance. She is an accomplished public speaker and has been included on panels and roundtables at The White House and other national venues. Ms. Wadhwa is most fulfilled when serving in the local and global community. She co-founded the Lullaby Project, which has provided over 1000 free blankets to babies in the US and around the world and continues on its mission. She also serves on the board of the US Green Building Council – National Capital Region. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering concentrating on Environmental/Water Resources from the University of Alberta, Canada. 

Leaders in Energy Showcase at George Mason University (2:00 – 5:00 pm) 

The Showcase will feature sessions include: 1) An Interdisciplinary and Multi-campus Approach to Energy and Sustainability; 2) State and National Solutions to Energy and Sustainability Challenges, and 3) Global Perspectives on Energy and Sustainability Challenges. 

Showcase fees are $10 for Students and early bird registration (through Thursday, January 28th); $15 advanced on-line registration; $20 at door. Showcase ticket includes admission to Professional Networking Mixer. (See registration button above or www.lercpa.org). 

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Meet Our Showcase Emcee – Robin Robinson

Robin Robinson joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2013 and provides technical support to the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve-Army Reserve Installation Management Directorate (DAAR-IMD). She has briefed senior leadership, written information papers on Army Reserve energy conservation activities, and researched renewable energy and net zero opportunities. She has over 10 years of experience providing Federal and state government clients with policy and budget issues relating to energy, environment, and strategic planning. Robin has expertise in planning and implementing energy projects, economic development projects, and sustainability programs with demonstrated ability to function both strategically and tactically. She strongly believes energy efficiency and sustainability projects can increase operational capacity at any organization.

Presenters & Topics (2:00 – 5:00 pm)

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Alexander Brodsky, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science, Volgenau School of Engineering, and Roberto Levy, Ph.D. Student. Dr. Brodsky will discuss the energy and sustainability courses offered in his department, and Mr. Levy will describe a project he is undertaking with Dr. Brodsky, Decision Analytics for Investments and Policy in Sustainable Energy.


Paul Houser, Ph.D., Co-Director, George Mason University’s Center for Energy Science and Policy; Associate Professor, Geography and Geoinformation Science Department. Dr. Houser will discuss the College of Science’s role in the Center and his research on energy and sustainability at the campus level and beyond. 

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Tyler Jenkins, Association of Energy Engineers – National Capital Chapter, Student President at George Mason University. Mr. Jenkins will discuss his student project, which focuses on operational design and cost analysis of decentralizing regional power grids with renewable technologies and utility scale energy storage systems (ESS) to achieve EPA emission standards outlined in the Clean Power Plan by 2030. This project will include trade-off analysis between the renewable ESS integration approach and switching high emission fuels with lower emitting fuels like natural gas. 

Todd M. LaPorte, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs. Dr. LaPorte will provide an overview of his climate policy and politics course, his current detail at the Environmental Protection Agency, and his research on climate change and governance. 


Roger LeBlanc, Energy Outreach Coordinator, George Mason University; Sustainability Living Learning Community Coordinator; and LEED Green Associate. Mr. LeBlanc will provide an overview of George Mason University’s energy and sustainability efforts across its campuses. 

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Frank Manheim, Ph.D., Affiliate Professor, School of Government, Policy, and International Affairs. Dr. Manheim will provide a review of biomass production and national policies for leading nations. 


Colin Reagle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Senior Academic Adviser, Volgenau School of Engineering.Dr. Reagle will discuss his research on renewable energy on campus and the biogas digester. 

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Dann Sklarew, Ph.D., Sustainability Coordinator, George Mason University; Associate Director, Potomac Environmental Research & Education Center; and Associate Professor, Applied Ecology & Sustainability Science. Dr. Sklarew will discuss the university’s academic programs and courses on business sustainability and sustainability in action, and practical applications for the university’s degrees in energy and sustainability. 


Jennifer Sklarew, Ph.D., Senior Fellow for Energy Policy, George Mason University’s Center for Energy Science and Policy; Adjunct Professor, Environmental Science and Policy Department. Dr. Sklarew will provide an overview of the Center’s role in promoting interdisciplinary research on energy and sustainability. She also will describe the energy policy courses she teaches at Mason, as well as her own research on factors that promote and inhibit clean energy transitions, as well as potential opportunities for solutions to clean energy and water access challenges.


Krishnamurthy Vemuru, Ph.D., Term Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Department.

Dr. Vemuru will provide an overview of the two classes he has taught. One is on Solar Cells (PHYS332) and the other on Fundamentals of Renewable Energy (PHYS331). If time permits, he will also discuss his research interests in renewable energy materials. 

Meet Our Featured Speaker for Our Professional Networking Mixer – Annette Osso, LEED AP, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia; (6:00 – 8:00 pm – at Arlington Garden Hilton Inn – near Courthouse Metro)


Annette Osso, LEED AP, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia is an environmental professional with an extensive background in green building and sustainable development. With Resilient Virginia, Ms. Osso is bringing resiliency resources to communities and businesses around the state. Ms. Osso led Virginia Sustainable Building Network for 18 years and has made major contributions to raising environmental and energy awareness at the state and national level. These include working with state agencies and private sponsors to create the Virginia Sustainable Future Conference series; developing and presenting sustainable community development workshops and technical training throughout the state and mid-Atlantic; and introducing a home builder Green certification program into Virginia.


This OCTOBER, get enlightened about green community options, climate action and get your buzz on at Buzz Bakery in Ballston. Sound like fun... yeah, it sure does...

Come on out to the sweetest addition to the fun Wilson Strip in Ballston at Buzz Bakery & Lounge for a happy hour to listen to our friends from the Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment who have just put together a fantastic event for a November Climate Action panel! So, not only can you grab a bit of insight about green living in Arlington and how it affects us right here in Northern Virginia, but you can also grab a bit of a buzz, be it coffee, tea, wine or beer at Buzz Bakery & Lounge!

More about the speaker:

Stephanie Burns, is a wonderful volunteer with Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE).  ACE is organizing a climate action forum in Arlington on November 8th, and we want to share the word about what they have going on with this event and allow Stephanie the time to share the details about what ACE is up to and more about this fantastic, local organization. Want to learn more? Join us at Buzz!

More about the Buzz:

"While Buzz may be best known for our coffee, cupcakes and other confectionery wonders, we’re also committed to providing the very best in tea, beer and wine. We’ve also crafted a very cool little cocktail menu for those times when little else will do. These nifty libations make perfect sense to us given that Buzz is open late every night of the week and because we have a terrific people watching patio from which to imbibe.

We made a wise decision early on to surround ourselves with nothing but the best; our coffee comes compliments of MadCap Coffee and our teas are the product of Devi and Damman Frères. Our brews are handpicked by our Rustico and ChurchKey beer guru Greg Engert while sister store Planet Wine over in Del Ray weighed in with some terrific choices for our wine program. Please join us for a cup, glass or pint anytime, we’ve got all the bases covered here at Buzz."

When: Thursday, October 15 from 6-8:30pm

Where: Buzz Bakery & Lounge in BALLSTON

818 N. Quincy Street (Entrance on Wilson)

Arlington, Virginia, 22203

How:You can do the Orange Line via the Ballston Metro or the Virginia Square Metro. If you're driving, there is ample metered parking around the building, or you can opt to park in the Ballston Mall parking garage, which is quite a bit cheaper. If you're hoofing it... right on!

Green Drinks Arlington is a great place to network, find jobs, friends, new ideas and generally have fun. Bring your friends and colleagues if you think they will enjoy the topic and the company! We like you... we hope you'll come again! Find us on Facebook to get invited to all of the events... Green Drinks Arlington

Start your FALL out with some resolution building, check out the Organics- Organic beer, wine and coffee that is! THEN go into the NO SWAC thing!

They say that one great way to reach a getting healthy goal is to add "eat organic" to your list of healthy eating guidelines... well, "they" probably didn't mean to hit the sauce, but hey! Who says you can't have a little fun while enjoying your organics, too?! Come out and play this September with the Clarendon Whole Foods Pub's team and Green Drinks Arlington while we find out more about no SWAC with Jackie Zovko.

 A bit about our guest speaker:

Fall is a time of natural transition, perfect for a gentle detox to reset your system. There are a lot of different detoxing techniques out there, and finding the one that’s right for you can sometimes feel overwhelming. Join Wendy Christensen, Washington Sports Club Regional Fitness Director and Jackie Zovko, Whole Food Market, Marketing Team Leader for a simple and basic approach to detoxing.

No SWAC = No added Sugar, Wheat, Alcohol or Caffeine.

From September 21st – October 5th eat real food, improve your digestion and mood, increase your energy level, reset your system and feel great. Learn more details at our September 17th Green Drinks Happy Hour!

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