Apr 17: Green Drinks with Deno De Ciantis

April 17:  Green Drinks.  On the third Friday of each month, there's an informal gathering of sustainability-minded folks from 5-9 p.m.  The next guest host will be Deno De Ciantis, Ed. D., director of the new Penn State Center - Engaging Pittsburgh which will act as a feedback mechanism that assesses and meets community needs using research and training resources from the entire Penn State system. University Outreach, The College of Agricultural Sciences, and Extension have partnered to support this effort.  Emphasis will be in the area of Community Development and vitality. 

Current work includes 

  • Biomass and Alternative Energies
  • Entomology and Plant Pathology
  • Green Roof and Rain Garden Technology
  • Urban Agriculture and Food Production
  • Urban/Community Greening and Vacant Lot Remediation
  • Sustainability and Engineering

The Penn State Center – Engaging Pittsburgh is also using it's broad range of resources to develop partnerships with all of the colleges in the institution. The focus is to connect and engage the entire University with local partners in Teaching, Research and Outreach/Extension activities. This initiative finds stakeholders to identify regional needs and then develops key strategic relationships to connect PSU with Pittsburgh area corporations, organizations, individuals and communities as well as with public officials.

Coming soon...

In the effort to establish a central and unified location for all of Penn State’s outreach efforts through the development of the Penn State Center – Pittsburgh, Deno has been active in with the Green Innovators Project.  Green Innovators is a community wide collaboration of parties brought together by Congressman Doyle and Senator Ferlo who are interested in issues of sustainability.  The intent is to develop the former Pittsburgh Public Schools Connelley Vo-Tech Center into a regional and national beacon for work in the fields of sustainability and energy.  Feasibility studies regarding ownership models as well as creating a conceptual design and plan are underway.

Deno serves on a variety of committees regarding issues such as sustainability, alternative and renewable energy, and workforce development and is currently on the Board of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, having recently completed a two year term as president. He also serves on the Board of the Autumn House Press, a local nonprofit publisher of poetry and fiction, serving our region and the nation while functioning as an energetic ambassador for our region’s remarkable literary scene.

Deno is looking forward to meeting fellow green innovators and brand new green drinkers alike-- so stop by and say hello!

Where:  Arsenal Bowling Lanes
212 44th Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15201 (off Butler Street in Lawrenceville) Tel: (412) 683-5992 Map it.

For Port Authority Bus Routes, go here:  http://www.portauthority.org

For more information call Susan Benn 412-766-7747.

What is Green Drinks?
Every month, people who work in the environmental field or have in interest in a greener planet meet up for drinks at places all around the world at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, 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 new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there's always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.

These events are very 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'd like to help its spreading to other cities. Green Drinks meets on the 3rd Friday of each month from 5:00 - 9:00 PM...or later!! Put it in your calendar and count on it: Green Drinks is happening every month.

Put these on your 2009 calendar:  April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18

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