2017 Green Homes Festival Presentations
Presentations to the People!

Sixteen free presentations and demos with local experts: Learn useful tips and tricks to make your life greener and healthier! Full Presentations and Demos Schedule, including descriptions, will be available the day of the Festival at the Welcome Tables in Ridgway Visitor Center, Monsanto Hall and at all Presentation areas.

Thank you to our Presentations and Demos Sponsor Laclede Gas Company.

Green Living and Green Homes

At Stage 1 – Summer Plant House at Kemper Center for Home Gardening (outdoors)
Presentations are approximately 20 minutes long.

10:15 a.m. What’s New About Getting Around Town with Metro?
Matt Fernandes, Metro
Instructor leading a presentation
11 a.m. Now You're Cooking With Gas: Healthy Grilling With Your Natural Gas Grill
Chef Myrtie Reilly (courtesy of Laclede Gas)
noon Eco Fit Your Yard
Terry Winklemann, The Sustainable Backyard Tour
12:45 p.m. Power to the People! Energy Efficiency Makes Perfect Solar Sense
Jeremy Atchley, Sun Solar & Smart Energy Solutions
1:30 p.m. Native Landscapes for Mental Health
Dan Pearson, St. Louis Audubon Society
2:15 p.m. A Home Energy Efficiency Case Study
Tim Renz, SmartHouse Heating and Cooling, LLC
3 p.m. Keeping Backyard Chickens
Maria Jansen, The Easy Chicken

 

DIY Green Solutions

At Stage 2 – PlantLab (indoors), near Children's Garden 
Presentations are approximately 45 minutes long.

10 a.m. Can I Compost That?
Bob Henkel, St. Louis Earth Day
Vermacomposting speaker engages with audience member at 2013 Festival
11 a.m. Herbs for Sun-Kissed Skin Repair
Katie Marquez, Conscious Apothecary
noon Think about Turning Bush Honeysuckle into Tables
Dale Dufer, Think About Tables
1 p.m. Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products
Julie McCroskey
2 p.m. Upcycling in Your Garden
Jenny Murphy, Perennial
3 p.m. Hands-on Sauerkraut Making Demo
Rachel Levi, EarthDance Organic Farm School

 

Presentation Descriptions

Can I Compost That?
Enjoy a fun and interactive presentation by a compost-lover! Participants can ask questions and learn the benefits of backyard composting and how it differs from commercial composting - including tips on how to compost your kitchen scraps. (Hint: don't throw them in the trash!)
—Bob Henkel, St. Louis Earth Day

Eco Fit Your Yard
Protect and enjoy your little piece of earth and reconnect with the web of life. This presentation will explore the impact of conventional landscaping and yard maintenance on soil and water, and consider more beautiful, productive, and engaging alternative approaches including perennial edibles, pollinator habitat and water conservation.
—Terry Winklemann, The Sustainable Backyard Tour

Hands-on Sauerkraut Making Demo

Learn how to make your own lacto-fermented sauerkraut. This fun and hands on demonstration will outline benefits of probiotic foods and the process for safely making fermented veggie krauts. Samples included!
—Rachel Levi, EarthDance Organic Farm School

Herbs for Sun-Kissed Skin Repair
An introduction to herbs that help repair sun damaged skin as well as natural moisturizing ingredients to make a simple after sun skin care product. Learn about the benefits of herbs and how they can help maintain healthy skin—and get a recipe for summer skincare wellness to take home!
—Katie Marquez, Conscious Apothecary

A Home Energy Efficiency Case Study

Join us to hear the story of a homeowner’s efforts to update their existing home to increase comfort, improve energy efficiency, and save money on energy bills.
—Tim Renz, SmartHome Heating & Cooling, LLC

Keeping Backyard Chickens

Knowing where your food comes from and keeping food miles low is important to a lot of people and to the environment. You can't get more local than your own backyard! Learn the basics of raising chickens in your backyard.
—Maria Jansen, The Easy Chicken

Native Landscapes for Mental Health
Explore how cultivating native landscapes around your home positively impacts your environment, your community, and your physical and mental well-being. After implementing a Project Clear Rainscaping Grant from MSD, our presenter found a great way to relieve stress; connecting landscaping choices with air and water quality, energy use, biodiversity, body and mind.
—Dan Pearson, St. Louis Audubon Society

Now You’re Cooking with Gas: Healthy Grilling with Your Natural Gas Grill

Join us for a healthy grilling demonstration. Chef Myrtie has worked at numerous St. Louis dining institutions and appeared on the Food Network! She will prepare a grilled pizzette with grilled eggplant, tomato, and mozzarella and a grilled watermelon salad. Samples and recipes provided. Courtesy of Laclede Gas
—Chef Myrtie Reilly

Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products
Learn to make your own cleaning products at home—save money, use less hazardous materials, and know the ingredients! Leave with a recipe or two that you can try at home.
—Julie McCroskey

Power to the People! Energy Efficiency Makes Perfect Solar Sense
Solar alone can save you thousands, but when paired with energy efficiency strategies—the payback can be pretty amazing! Customizing an energy efficiency package for your home not only saves you money on monthly utility bills, but also reduces the size of your solar installation.
—Jeremy Atchley, Sun Solar & Smart Energy Solutions

Think about Turning Bush Honeysuckle into Tables
Bush honeysuckle is everywhere! This plant is seriously invasive, but its sturdy wood grows in interesting shapes. Learn more about local efforts to eradicate bush honeysuckle and check out a demonstration on how to make a table from this invasive species.
—Dale Dufer, Think About Tables

Upcycling in Your Garden
Learn how to incorporate reuse into all aspects of gardening. This hands-on presentation will be fun and share ideas for reusing and repurposing everyday items in your garden—from garden beds to trellises, watering and more. Come ready to share your own ideas and create a few simple projects you can take with you!
—Jenny Murphy, Perennial

What’s New About Getting Around Town with Metro?
Learn about exciting developments at Metro, including the Downtown Transit Center opening in August, the new MetroLink station on Cortex campus, bike sharing, pop up markets and more! Matt will also provide tricks of the trade to make your transit trips safe, efficient and enjoyable.
—Matt Fernandes, Metro