Dec 18: Green Drinks on LEDs

Join Richard Taylor at Pittsburgh Green Drinks for L.E.D. Lights the Way to a Greener Future.

Richard W. Taylor, Esquire is CEO of Pittsburgh-based Imbue Technology Solutions, Inc. (ImbuTec), which provides energy-efficient lighting technology products and services to commercial, industrial, and municipal customers. L.E.D. technology provides both financial and environmental benefits. Earlier this year ImbuTec converted the Allegheny County Jail to L.E.D., with an 83% reduction in energy use. This was all done with fixtures made in Western Pennsylvania that will last 20 to 25 years, maintenance free. ImbuTec was recently awarded a contract with the Pittsburgh International Airport to upgrade the lighting in the parking lots and parking garage to L.E.D. which will produce similiar financial and environmental savings.

Mr. Taylor is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his undergraduate business degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from Tulane Law School, with a certificate in environmental law. He was actively involved in national political affairs for a number of years, and served as a campaign advisor to several Congressional candidates across the country, as well as to President Bill Clinton. After receiving his law degree, Mr. Taylor served as a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Dennis on the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Taylor also worked as a federal and state governmental affairs representative for Pittsburgh-based Consolidated Natural Gas Company (CNG), and subsequently served as corporate legal counsel and Director of Knowledge Management. He later served as CEO of Macedonia Development Corporation, an affiliate of the Macedonia Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, where he led housing development and other revitalization efforts in Pittsburgh’s Hill District community.

Mr. Taylor is active in service to the community, and he currently serves on the boards of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Macedonia Development Corporation, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics, for which he co-chairs the Economic Development Committee. Previously, he served as a member and secretary of the board for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, treasurer of the Homer S. Brown Law Association, and as a member of the Board of Elders for Macedonia Baptist Church of Pittsburgh.

Please come mingle with us on December 18th for some bright ideas on green.

5-9 p.m. at the 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: For more info, email .

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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 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.

Dec 11: The Allegheny Front's Local Foods Happy Hour

The Allegheny Front, Pittsburgh's own environmental radio show, is hosting its 4th annual Local Foods Happy Hour!
Enjoy live music from the Boilermaker Jazz Band while sampling local produce, cheeses and meats, locally brewed beers, and non-alcoholic drinks, and browsing a silent auction of local eco-friendly items and services.

5:30-7:30 PM at the WYEP Community Broadcast Center, 67 Bedford Square on Pittsburgh's Southside. $10 donation at the door; RSVP to .

Dec 9: Sierra Club monthly meeting

Christmas Slide Show and Social Hour At the annual December meeting of the Sierra Club's Allegheny Group, the inimitable Luc Berger will delight everyone with his creative photography of everything including the kitchen sink accompanied by his droll commentary. A dozen or so other wide-traveling photographers – perhaps including YOU – will also share their year’s supply of good images with us all. We can use a dozen or so photographers to show their work and fill the agenda. Contact Don Gibbon to schedule your participation (dongibbon at earthlink dot net or 412-362-8451).

Join us for a always-interesting show and let’s get to know each other better afterwards with Holiday goodies – again brought by you. A special component this year will be Cat-Tail Pollen Bread, made by Don Gibbon, with pollen collected in the wilds of West Virginia! He’ll serve it fresh and still-warm with crab apple jelly.

7:30-9 p.m. at the Phipps Garden Center, Fifth & Shady Avenues. Free and open to the public.

Dec 7: Permaculture with Sustainable Monroeville

Please join Sustainable Monroeville to hear Elizabeth Lynch speak on Permaculture and how we can incorporate Permaculture ideas into our landscapes.
7:00-8:30 PM in the Monroeville Public Library program room. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elisa Beck at .