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Maren's list of environmental, cultural, and social justice events in and around Pittsburgh.
May 18: Green Drinks at the Harp & Fiddle with the Irish greenies
This month's host is Jim Lamb, President of the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh and Honorary Consul of Ireland
Come meet the 2011-12 class of Carbon Zero Northern Ireland students and find out what they have discovered in Pittsburgh and what they plan on taking back home! Sustainability will travel from the 'burgh back to Ireland!
Carbon Zero Northern Ireland
In 2009, the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh established a training program for Northern Ireland graduate and student engineers pursuing careers in sustainable technology. Having identified Pittsburgh's strengths in a variety of "green" sector industries, including green building, water treatment, brown field remediation, and alternative energy, the Institute proposed an on-the-job training program. The 2011-2012 class of the Carbon Zero Northern Ireland program continues on their one-year program, and have been placed with Pittsburgh area companies developing or deploying sustainable technologies.
The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh
The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh was founded in 1989 to address problems stemming from the sectarian (Catholic/Protestant) conflict in Northern Ireland, and unemployment across the island of Ireland. The Institute began managing Pittsburgh-based cross community, cross-border training programs for Ireland's unemployed young men and women. These eight-week programs provided job skills, personal and professional development, cultural exchange, and conflict resolution training, empowering young people to return to Ireland to pursue careers, develop their communities, and contribute to the ongoing peace process.
Attuned to these trends, the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh developed various economic and professional development programs, continuing to impact positively the progress for peace and empowerment in Ireland, North and South. Programs include, but are not limited to professional on-the-job training, student work visas; two-way business, trade, and investment opportunities; cultural exchange; academic partnership; travel and tourism; community development; genealogy; and transatlantic cooperation.
What is Green Drinks? Every month, people who work in the environmental field or have an interest in a greener planet meet up for drinks all around the world at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from NGO's, academia, government and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say,"are you Green?' and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making some new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there is always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.
These events are simple and unstructured. Make friends, develop new ideas, do deals and forge a new organic future. It's a force for the good and we' like to help it spreading to other cities. Green Drinks meets on the third Friday of the month. Put it on your calendar and count on it: Green Drinks is happening every month.
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