Presentations to the People!

Thirteen presentations and demos with local experts: fast-paced, 20-minute hands-on tips and tricks to make your life greener and healthier!

Yoga Demonstration

Yoga on the Garden grounds

At the Band Stage, Linnean Plaza Food Court

9–10 a.m. Yoga Demonstration
Elle Potter, Yoga Six
Yoga mats are welcome, but not required


Green Living Presentations

At Stage 1 (east parking lot, north exhibitor tent)

10 a.m. Preserve the Harvest: Make Living Foods
Rachel Levi, EarthDance
Speaker giving presentation
11 a.m. Reconnect with Nature in Your Own Back Yard
Mitch Leachman, St. Louis Audubon Society
noon Worm Composting at Home
Matt Lebon, EarthDance
1 p.m. The Honey Bee and Products From Their Hives
Corinne Collins, Corinne's Honey Farm
2 p.m. RainScaping
Cindy Gilberg, Deer Creek Watershed Alliance
3 p.m. Backyard Chickens
Katy Mike Smaistrla


Energy & Green Building Presentations

At Stage 2 (east parking lot, south exhibitor tent)

10:30 a.m. Why Solar? Why Now?
Mike Hornitschek, StraightUp Solar
Speaker giving presentation on home energy efficiency
11:30 a.m. Fill It Up with Natural Gas!
Jim Travis, Laclede Gas Company
12:30 p.m. Tips to Save Money on Heating + Cooling Costs
Jason Orsega, JT Dunn Heating + Cooling
1:30 p.m. Solar Shingles Have Arrived
Dan Shannon, Microgrid Solar
2:30 p.m. Do You Know Your Home's IAQ?
Diane Rosen, Diane Rosen Interiors LLC
3:30 p.m. Don't Demolish, DECONSTRUCT!
Eric Schwarz, Refab St. Louis


Presentation Descriptions

Backyard Chickens
Is keeping chickens right for you? What it takes to raise and care for backyard chickens? Come to this presentation to find out and learn tips for successfully raising chickens in your own backyard!
—Katy Mike Smaistrla

Don’t Demolish, DECONSTRUCT!
The presentation will cover the three B's of deconstruction: basics, benefits, and barriers. We will also discuss some creative ways to repurpose commonly discarded building materials.
—Eric Schwarz, Refab St. Louis 

Do You Know Your Home’s IAQ?
Learn how to create a healthier indoor environment for your home or office. See samples of and learn where to source where to source fabrics, carpet & flooring, paint, hard surface materials and even bedding that will contribute to improved indoor air quality (IAQ) and help reduce allergy and asthma symptoms.
—Diane Rosen, Diane Rosen Interiors LLC

Fill It Up With Natural Gas
The phrase "fill it up with natural gas" may just be "down the road." Interest in alternative fueled vehicles offering lower fuel cost and lower emissions is increasing. Natural gas is abundant and is projected to be for years to come and it's domestically produced. What's more, technologies are being developed that will allow you to fuel from home. This workshop will showcase a home refueling system for natural gas vehicles.
—Jim Travis, Laclede Gas Company 

The Honey Bee & Products From Their Hives
Learn some fun and interesting facts about the honey bee from the way they communicate, how they make their honey and what products can be made from their hives.
—Corinne Collins, Corrine’s Honey Farm

Preserve the Harvest: Make Living Foods!
Learn about basic vegetable fermentation and how to make your own pro-biotic living delicacies, from sauerkraut to kimchi to crock pickles.
—Rachel Levi, EarthDance

Rain gardening and water conservation coupled with the use of native plants and choosing the right plant for the conditions of the landscape help homeowners live more in harmony with their natural ecosystem. This presentation will help spark their creativity in following this principle.
—Cindy Gilberg, Deer Creek Watershed Alliance 

Reconnect with Nature in Your Own Back Yard
Landscaping for nature—or landscaping for life—in urban spaces of all kinds can make a real difference for at-risk plants and animals, ecosystem services and our own well-being. Reconnect with nature in your own landscape. Share that experience with others. Watch your life change.
—Mitch Leachman, St. Louis Audubon Society 

Solar Shingles Have Arrived
While solar panels remain the most popular choice for outfitting existing homes for solar electricity, many are turning to the new solar shingles. This workshop will highlight Building-Integrated Photovoltaics, which allow the roofing material to turn sunlight into electricity in the same manner that a solar panel does.
—Dan Shannon, Microgrid Solar 

Tips to Save Money on Heating + Cooling Costs
Learn how you can save money by maintaining your current heating and cooling system—from regular maintenance tips and the proper usage of programmable thermostats to options related to humidifiers and replacement of equipment when its time comes. You're sure to take home something you can implement in your own home!
—Jason Orsega, JT Dunn Heating + Cooling 

Why Solar? Why Now?
The Ameren Missouri solar rebate is decreasing at the end of 2013, so now is the time to pursue solar for your home or business. Learn how to determine if your home or business if a good site for solar, how much electricity a solar electric system would produce, the financial and environmental benefits of an installation and what questions you should ask a solar installer.
—Mike Hornitschek, StraightUp Solar 

Worm Composting at Home
Can worms really turn your garbage into black gold? Learn everything you need to know to start composting with worms at home!
—Matt Lebon, EarthDance