Who We Are
San Francisco Green Drinks (SFGD) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that actively promotes green networking, education and volunteer events in the San Francisco Bay Area. SFGD’s mission is to be the eco-conscious hub, both on and offline, for local individuals, organizations, and businesses that aim to strengthen and support the local environmental and green community.
What We Do
On the first Tuesday of every month San Francisco Green Drinks holds a large social networking event for several hundred green professionals at Southside Spirit House, a thriving lounge in SOMA. A broad range of community partners, businesses and non-profits contribute to the event, enriching our community with their knowledge, opportunities and ongoing services. SFGD also utilizes and promotes online resources, such as a community event calendar and volunteer network, that strive to bring together sustainable thinkers with those looking to participate and take action.
San Francisco Green Drinks was founded in 2003 with the simple desire to provide a networking opportunity for environmental professionals. From entry-level job seekers to upper-level professionals, a diverse mixture of intelligent locals became the core attendees of SFGD. Average attendance has grown dramatically from 20 people in the early years to well over 300; we are now one of the largest monthly gatherings of green professionals in the country. This naturally evolving social phenomenon demonstrates the thirst for connection, knowledge, and opportunity that exists across the Green Drinks network.
Stephanie Alderson - Communications & Social Media Manager (2013 – present)
Stephanie spent her childhood in Argentina and Paraguay, where her family owns an organic farm. Passionate about the environment and sustainable food systems, she pursued a Master of Science in Sustainability and Management from Royal Holloway, University of London where she received distinction for her dissertation on sustainable entrepreneurship. She currently works at DNV GL and has experience in a variety of sustainability-related projects including evaluations of energy efficiency programs, supplier responsibility audits, and research on sustainable development criteria for projects in Latin America.
Sarah Keller – Sponsorship Manager (2013 – present)
Sarah moved to San Francisco in the fall of 2012 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and International Studies with a minor in Business. While at Wisconsin, Sarah held internship positions with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and the Madison environmental non-profit, Sustain Dane. In San Francisco, Sarah continues her professional pursuit in the environmental non-profit sector as an Events Coordinator, Operations & Communications Associate at the International Council on Clean Transportation, an independent nonprofit organization founded to provide first-rate, unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to environmental regulators.
Danielle Lauber – Volunteer Coordinator (2013 – present)
Danielle is passionate about by the opportunity to empower like-minded sustainability professionals through the Green Drink community. She has gained professional experience working for both non-profit and private organizations working in forest carbon sequestration, the voluntary carbon market, residential energy auditing and the broader energy efficiency field. Danielle takes every chance she gets to appreciate the local Bay Area environment through biking and trail running.
Bryan Ting – Operations Manager (2010 – present)
Bryan joined Green Drinks as an SFGD Officer after helping out with the annual Green Generations benefit event. He has experience in marketing and community building and has worked on message-based events ranging from small dozen person seminars to multi-thousand person festivals.
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Robin Park – Founder & President (2003 – 2008, 2011)
Robin Park is the founder of San Francisco Green Drinks. Robin was a Senior Project Manager for Horizon Wind Energy and oversaw the development of Horizon’s solar projects in the U.S. Prior to joining Horizon, Robin was an Associate Director at the Trust for Public Land, a land conservation organization, in their Sierra Nevada Program. Robin holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University.
- Aaron Gavic – President (2009 – 2010, 2012)
Aaron is a world traveler, IT consultant and avid outdoorsman. He grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Inspired by his travels across six continents, he has become a compassionate environmentalist and strong supporter of sustainability both here and abroad. Aaron is motivated by the amazing work done within our growing green community and hopes to support their efforts by making Green Drinks the best networking, education and volunteer resource in the Bay Area.
- – - Missi Hirt – Event Coordinator (2008 – 2010, 2012)
Missi (Melissa) Hirt is a San Francisco native who grew up in a green and politically active family. After studying and traveling abroad, Missi earned her Master’s degree in Research Psychology. She works in pediatric neuroimaging and clinical research at Stanford Medical Center. She also enjoys being a docent for the Audubon Wetlands Discovery Program and volunteering for Science is Elementary. She is passionate about environmental networking and eco-education which inspired her to found SFGD’s Green Generations in 2009.