Sustainable Spirits is a casual monthly gathering for the sustainability community organized by the North Carolina Composting Council.  It started in June 2013 rotating around the [expanded] Triangle and statewide through different establishments creating a space for people to gather, meet each other, and engage in fun and meaningful conversations in venues that support our environmental commitment to composting and as near zero waste as possible.  

Sustainable Spirits is free, unstructured, and open to everyone interested in anything from renewable energy and civic engagement to green building, organic farming, and beyond!  

Our next Sustainable Spirits is Thursday, January 19th, 2023

from 6pm to 8pm  

We’re meeting at:

The Optimist

1000 Brookside Drive, Raleigh

This is our first gathering of 2023 so plan to catch up with old friends and make new ones!


January’s gathering is sponsored by McGill Environmental



To learn about future gatherings and other events that the NC Composting Council will be hosting or participating in please visit our event calendar or visit and follow us on Eventbrite Page.  

To receive email invitions, please fill out this form.

If you would like to sponsor or organize an event in your community, get in touch with the organizers.

Sponsor a Sustainable Spirits gathering!

Each Sustainable Spirits event is sponsored by a local company or organization that cares about the soils and natural life of North Carolina.  The hallmark of the sponsorship program is exposure to your target audience.  Each Sustainable Spirits gathering is announced by email to a list of nearly 1000 interested people, it is publicized on our website and is announced through social media.  The sponsor’s name and logo is posted on all publicity emails and the web page and will be added to our permanent list of Sustainable Spirits sponsors on our web page.

On the evening of the event, the sponsor may set up a banner or small table (depending on space) and hand out informational materials.  The sponsor’s representative is given time for a short presentation about the business, their core values, and goals.  Staff and friends of the sponsor are invited to take part in the evening – it’s their party too! 

Three sponsorship levels

  • The sponsorship, as outlined above, requires a donation of $100.
  • The sponsor may choose to provide hors d’oeuvres for the group for a $300 donation.  
  • Non-Profit organizations may sponsor at no cost.

All donations help support the work of the NC Composting Council in educating people about composting and promoting the use of compost to improve and preserve NC soils.

Numbers (June 2013 – April 2022)

Nearly 10 years of events!

14 communities
Ashville, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Elon, Greensboro, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Raleigh, RTP, Pittsboro, Saxapahaw, & Wilmington.

48 different venues

67 partner organizations

25 average attendance (except during the pandemic when we went virtual)

900+ email list
with 27% email open rate! (non-profit average is 22%)

3,985+ attendance through all events

22,400+ online invitation visits

Current and Previous Co-Hosts & Venues

Abundance Foundation
American Underground
BE NOW Organics
Bond Brothers Brewery
Boulted Bread
Braeburn Farms
Brooks Contractor
Brunswick Community College
Bull City Burger Brewery and Restaurant
Bull City Solera
Busy Bee Café
Carolina Brewery
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Circa 1888
Clouds Brewing
Compass Rose Brewery
Crank Arm Brewery
Crosstown Pub
Deep Roots Natives
Don’t Waste Durham
Dram & Draught
Duke Fuqua Net Impact
Duke Nicholas Net Impact
Durham Coop Market
Durham Farm and Food Network
Durham Originals
Durty Bull Brewery
Earth Heal/My Community Green
Eastern Carolina Organics
EcoSafe Zero Waste
Elon University Office of Sustainability
Endless Produce
Environmental Professionals of Color
Every Tray Counts
Fair Game Beverages
Fullsteam Brewing
Girl Honey
Haw River Farmhouse Ales
Hungry Harvest
Jireh Family Farms
Kailyard Farms
Keep Durham Beautiful
Kickback Jack’s
Loading Dock Raleigh
Market Hall-City Market
McGill Environmental
Murphys Naturals
Mystery Brewing
Mystic Farm & Brewery
Natty Greenes
Naughty Penguin Tasting Room
NC B Corps
NC Business Council
NC Clean Technology Center
NC GreenPower
NC Solid Waste Association of North America
NC State University Business Sustainability Collaborative
NC State University Net Impact
NC Sustainability Connection
NC Water Resources Association
Nickelpoint Brewery
Oaks & Spokes
Pelagic Beer & Wine
Piedmont Biofuels
Ponysaurus Brewing Co.
Raleigh Brewing Company
Raleigh City Farm
Raleigh Times
Regulator Brewery
Research Triangle Foundation
Self-Help Credit Union
Sierra Club Capital Area Chapter
Slow Money
Smith Gardner Engineers
Southern Energy Management
Sustainable Duke
Sweet Peas Urban Gardens
Swinerton Builders
Tap & Table
The Crunkleton
The Eddy Pub
The Frontier
The Hive
The Oak House
The Optimist
The Pharmacy Cafe
The Pig
The Plant
The Roof at The Durham Hotel
The Wine Lounge
Top of the Hill
TOPO Brewery and Restaurant
Toward Zero Waste
Town of Cary
Toxic Free NC
Triangle Food Makers
Triangle Land Conservancy
Trophy Brewing
Trophy Tap & Table
TS Designs
Tyler’s Taproom
UNC Center for Sustainable Enterprise
UNC Chapel Hill Recycling
US Green Building Council – Triangle Chapter
Vimala’s Curryblossom Café
Wake Tech Community College
Wetrock Farm
Young At Heart Brewery
Young Hearts Distilling

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