Green Scene (February 13-26, 2012)

It was good to see winter return this past weekend. While the mild weather was nice, I always like to experience each season to its fullest. The changing of the seasons is one of the great beauties of Michigan and if winter is not cold, blustery and snowy, I feel a bit cheated. Likewise, if summer is not humid and sunny or spring fresh and warm.

Speaking of spring and summer, baseball season starts later on this month with spring training. In reference to the annual return of the national pastime, we have a “double-header” of green events taking place this Thursday, February 16.

Congratulations are in order for Brewery Vivant as the first LEED certified commercial brewery in the United States. Come and join the celebration on Thursday, February 16 as Vivant hosts this month’s Green Drinks. For those not aware, Green Drinks is a monthly socializing and networking opportunity for those in green industries taking place the third Thursday of each month inGrand Rapids. There will be a certification ceremony and also the debut of a new beer: East Hills Ale, an organic beer made with 100%Michigan grown organic hops. A portion of the proceeds from this beer go to FRESH, a summer program that helps middle school kids in Grand Rapids Public Schools learn more about science and nature. Great beer, a great cause, and a great reason to celebrate! If you want to stop by, Vivant is located at925 Cherry Street in the East Hills neighborhood. The event runs from 5-7 pm.

After enjoying a few drinks at Vivant, head down town for the second half of Thursday’s event “double-header”, a free showing of the powerful Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland. The showing is part of the45th anniversary ofMichigan’s Sierra Club chapter and offered in conjunction with the GVSU School of Communication.

Gasland focuses on natural gas drilling, in particular hydraulic fracturing, of fracking, which is a method of blasting a “fracking fuel” into rocks to release natural gas. This method causes air and water pollution and is already an important issue here in Michigan. The film is showing at the GVSU Loosemore Auditorium located at401 Fulton Street and starts at 7 pm.

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