The best way to learn about green living in the Boston area is to go out and meet like-minded people and share ideas. There are a variety of green-themed networking groups in Boston, all of which are great ways to get started on the path to a more sustainable lifestyle. Many of these events are free or are cheap to attend and are both inspiring and educational.
Boston Green Drinks
Boston Green Drinks is a casual networking group that usually meets at a bar or restaurant on the last Tuesday night of each month. Boston Green Drinks is free and open to the public. There is no format to the meetings; attendees are free to mingle with other like-minded professionals with no overarching agenda. Boston Green Drinks is very well attended and usually draws crowds between 50-100 people depending on the venue. Although the events are open to all, pre-registration is required. To check out the upcoming schedule, visit the group’s eventbrite page.
Boston Area Sustainability Group
Also a monthly networking group, Boston Area Sustainability Group (BASG) is different because each meeting features a panel discussion with a predetermined topic. These panels are filled with experts, policy makers, activists and business owners – the diversity of the speakers usually ignite a well-rounded discussion. The discussions range in topics from waste stream issues and environmental education to green technology and and solar power. There is a small fee for attending BASG events that usually covers a couple of locally brewed beverages, and there is open networking before and after the panel discussion. To find out what the topic of the next BASG meeting will be and to register, check out the BASG eventbrite page.
Net Impact is a membership-based professional organization focused on environmentally and socially responsible business practices. The group hosts breakfast meetups, networking sessions, discussion panels and even dinners. Its meetups invite people to share experiences and develop strategies for tackling these ethical issues in the workplace and from a corporate perspective. Though there are dues associated with Net Impact Boston chapter membership, many of the events are open to the public as well.
New England Women in Energy and the Environment
Like Net Impact, the group New England Women in Energy and the Environment (more often known as NEWIEE) is a membership-based organization. NEWIEE is a professional development group for women of all ages throughout New England in the fields of traditional energy, renewable energy, green tech and the environment. Typically, NEWIEE hosts about one event a month, which could be a networking cocktail hour, a green facility tour, an educational panel or a workshop. The group also hosts an awards gala each spring that is widely attended, and the awards are well respected in Boston’s energy community. NEWIEE is a wonderful platform for women in traditionally male-dominated fields to network, share experiences and grow professionally. You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
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Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.