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Green Drinks for The Officience Green Team

Every month, individuals and organizations who are interested in environmental subjects gather for Green Drinks around the globe. In Ho Chi Minh City, people have also participated in some “Green”  networkings of which the latest 12th edition took place on Tuesday October 23rd, at Zest Bistro & Café in District 1. Members of Officience Green Team of course attended this meaningful event organized by Holcim VietNam.

Green Drinks: a worldwide organization

The “Green Drinks” concept was founded in 1990 by a British man named Edwin Datschefski, who’s now the International Coordinator of this organization. From a small group in North London, Green Drinks has expanded to more than 50 countries in the world including VietNam in 2010. There are over 600 Green Drinks multiple cities of  theses countries, each with a typical name: Green Drinks Saigon (VietNam), Green Drinks Paris (France), etc.

“Can a cement and concrete producer be Green?” A question for Green Drinks Saigon Oct 2012

On October 23, numerous individuals and organizations who are interested in environmental subjects gathered for an interesting evening, looking for answers to the question “Can a cement and concrete producer be Green?”.

Speakers were Mr Bao Nguyen – Holcim Vietnam’s Sustainable Development Director and also Co-Chairman of Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD), Pieter Keppers – Technical Marketing Manager at Holcim Vietnam, and Melissa Merryweather – consultant at Green Consult Asia. Together, they shared Holcim’s initiatives in the manufacturing field, their available solutions for Green Construction and different initiatives they lead and support to create awareness on Sustainable Development, an attractive subject to many entrepreneurs today. Also, people had a chance to swap cards, swap stories, swap ideas, make contacts and enjoy the “green drinks”.

Officience Green Team: attending Green Drinks, but also organizing a yearly Green Day

First organized in Jun 30th 2012 in the garden of Officience, Green Day Officience aimed to promote topics of key importance: the Environment and Sustainable Development.

The programme included a workshop on making objects from recycled materials, a photography exhibition with the theme “Water, the source of life”, a presentation of a software simulation of a hotel’s carbon footprint by the ENERTEAM association, a Green Quiz and a screening of the film Home, by Yann Arthus Bertrand.

Organized by the 30 members of Officience Green Team in association with ENERTEAM and the HCMC Waste Recycling Fund, this first edition raised up the awareness of environment for all the Offies and people outside the company who joined the event that day, that we call the principle objective for a green event.

Thanks to the enthusiastic encouragement of Offies, Green Team is also planning for Green Day 2 on April 19th 2013, hope this project will bring much more success to Green Team and Officience in the upcoming time.

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