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Were you at August Green Drinks?
August 27, 2009, 2:39 pm
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IMG_4411_smallWe were!

August Green Drinks was held at Wild Sage Grille in Cherapa Place, the first LEED Gold building in South Dakota.

The Talk @ Green Drinks this month was a discussion about building sustainably: Stacey McMahan of Koch Hazard Architects and Anne Haber of Howalt-McDowell Insurance spoke about the excitement and the struggles of designing a LEED Gold Certified building.

Cherapa Place is located on the former site of the Zip Feed Mill on the Big Sioux River in Downtown Sioux Falls.  For those of you who don’t remember the Zip Feed Mill Tower, it was the stubborn grain elevator that refused to implode.  It fell into its own basement but continued to stand for two weeks, leaning to one side, before a crane and wrecking ball completed the demolition.  Cherapa Place earned its certification with a number of green features including optimized energy performance, the reduction of used water with high efficiency fixtures, native landscape that controls stormwater runoff, regional materials, and preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.  To learn more or visit Cherapa Place visit

Green Drinks is a monthly mixer organized by Astronaut and the Sioux Falls Green Project for anyone interested in conversation about all aspects of sustainability. Sioux Falls is just one of 594 cities world wide making green conversation over drinks. For more information about Green Drinks check out the website at

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