Green Drinks August 4

Posted by Trish Riley, August 1, 2010

Hello, Green Drinks Gainevillians!

We had a great July meeting at Town of Tioga! Thank you, Luis Diaz, Dorothy, Amber and all who made it possible as well as Melanie of Moksa Organics and others who told us about their interesting sustainable businesses and projects.

Our next meeting will be held August 4, 6 – 8 p.m., at The Warehouse, a new restaurant at 502 South Main Street. There is road construction happening on Main Street, so you’ll want to follow detour signs to find the parking lot on the south side of the restaurant off SW 5th Avenue. Chef Ryan and owner Richard have promised us some delectable specials as well as an extended Happy Hour (order by 7:30 p.m.).

As you all know, Gainesville is the home of a massive Superfund site, and our community is in the process – again – of trying to determine how to deal with this toxic mess. The EPA will hold a community meeting to discuss plans on August 5th, so I invite anyone who has any interest in resolving this Superfund site to attend the meeting and share with our Green Drinks community the actions that are being taken and to let us know what we need to do to help clean up this mess.

Details (from Robert Pearce): “EPA is hosting a meeting announcing its Proposed Plan for the “cleanup” of the Koppers Superfund Site.  It is required meeting being held within the “public comment period”–within which the public can formally respond to the Proposed Plan.  EPA has not responded to questions regarding the format of Thursdays meeting, and the announcement of the meeting only mentions the public being allowed to ask questions–not make comment or make their own presentations.  It appears that EPA wants to maintain a very orchestrated, self-serving process.

EPA’s Proposed Plan is an unacceptable remedy.  It does not correspond with the type of remedy the community wants (which is a cleanup rather than a cover-up); it will adversely impact the long-term economic health and vitality of surrounding neighborhoods;  it will continue to threaten the regional drinking water supply; and it does not correspond with the future uses the city and the community would like to see on the site.”

Proposed Plan Meeting, Thurs., Aug 5, 6 p.m. @ Stephen Foster Elementary; Rally at 5:00pm in front of Stephen Foster Elementary School, 3800 NW 6th St.

There is a workshop organized by Protect Gainesville Citizens: Tues., Aug 3rd, 6:30p, @ Santa Fe College Downtown Center.

In other news, Annie Pais, Executive Director, Florida’s Eden, announces a new exhibit of The Blue Path at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Annie would like to connect with Green Drinks members who have green businesses and interests.

“The Blue Path provides visitors a view of Florida’s water through the window of North Florida’s freshwater springs. This region is home to more springs–over 700 discovered so far–than any other place on Earth. The Exhibit examines how rapid degradation of Florida springs signals much bigger problems with the hidden aquifer that flows right beneath our feet. Combining science and art, this interactive show engages visitors to ponder changes in our water systems and how they might affect the future of Florida’s economic and environmental well being. In the second half of the Museum display, citizens are invited to help envision new ways of living with water resources…through the themes: collect, reclaim, conserve and recharge.

The Exhibition at The Florida Museum of Natural History,, runs from August 12 to December 12 and serves as the anchor for the Blue Path Campaign initiated by the non-profit organization Florida’s Eden. Related events and programs will take place through Spring of 2011. The free Blue Path Program Guide provides an ongoing listing of programs including: guided tours of springs and rivers, springs festivals, State Parks programs, landscaping workshops, art and music events, educational forums, speakers, contests, and the Florida’s Eden Spring Bicycle Tour hosted by BikeFlorida. Beginnng August 12th the Guide can also be viewed online at

Connect with Annie at:, 352-377-0777, or come say “Hi” to her at our Green Drinks meeting.

I hope you’re all enjoying Green Drinks and We are looking for future meeting hosts for Green Drinks as well as hosts and sponsors for fund raisers for the Second Annual Gainesville Environmental Film and Arts Festival: Cinema Verde. We hope that our community will continue to support our efforts and we appreciate your interest!

Hope to see you Wednesday,


Trish Riley
Director: Cinema Verde, Gainesville’s Second Annual Environmental Film and Arts Festival
American Society of Journalists and Authors – Society of Environmental Journalists
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living (Penguin/Alpha Books 2007)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Greening Your Business (with Heather Gadonniex, Penguin/Alpha Books 2009)
Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and the Florida Keys (W.W. Norton/Countryman Press 2005, 2009)
The Explorer’s Guide to South Florida (with Sandra Friend, W.W. Norton/Countryman Press 2010)

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