Green Drinks event is Thursday in Vail Valley |

Green Drinks event is Thursday in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Clorado – The Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability will host the September Eagle Valley Green Drinks at 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek on Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Green Drinks is a free community event centered on socializing while discussing lifestyles of health and environmental sustainability. It is an opportunity to get to know others in the community, learn about “green” living and what that means in the Vail Valley community. Green Drinks is free of charge and open to the public.

The event will be held at the recently opened 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.

As a special offer during the Green Drinks event, 8100 will offer New Belgium Sunshine Wheat and house red and white wines for $5; an organic specialty drink for $8; free appetizers while they last, and an opportunity to win dinner for two if a guest brings in used compact fluorescent light bulbs for recycling. For every bulb a guest brings to be recycled, his or her name will be entered to win a certificate for dinner for two at the 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill.

Parking is free at the Beaver Creek parking structure. To enter Green Drinks, participants may either go through the main entrance of the Hyatt and into 8100’s private dining room or through the outside dinning terrace just to the east of McCoy’s.

This month’s sponsor is Ruggs Benedict, offering up an in-depth focus on eco-flooring for a home or office and yet another giveaway this time for Alliance members. Ruggs offers an inventory of reclaimed hardwood and bamboo/cork flooring and wool broadloom carpets. By choosing some of these flooring options, customers are keeping reusable materials out of the landfill and utilizing materials that rapidly regenerate and are naturally renewable.

The Green Drinks event will also allow participants to learn and get involved with how to make energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades in a home with no upfront costs through the new Energy Smart LID. This program will be voted on in this November’s ballot.

To learn more about the Energy Smart LID, the resolution and proposed ballot language before Green Drinks, go to If approved by voters, the county would have the authority to create the Energy Smart loan program, but would not be obligated to do so. The intent is to ensure a sufficient level of public interest prior to launching the program. Once in place, property owners loans obtained through the Energy Smart LID would be funded through an opt-in only special assessment district on a voluntary basis. Types of improvements eligible for the loans could include energy efficiency upgrades such as replacement of inefficient windows, increased insulation, replacement of inefficient heating and cooling systems, sealing of air leakages and other measures. Also eligible would be renewable energy improvements such as solar photovoltaic, solar thermal or small wind energy systems.

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