The Amazing Chicken
Chickens are productive, entertaining and ecological creatures. Come meet one, learn the benefits of keeping a few in your backyard, and see how easy it is to make them a part of your life in a way that respects the land and the animal!
—Maria Jansen, The Easy Chicken
Permaculture explains how symbiosis happens between plants and the environment, plants and plants and people and plants.Learn ways to implement basic permaculture principles into your own backyard, including how to feed your soil, preserve water and attract pollinators.
—Steven Kelley, La Vista CSA Farm
Bicycle Check and Safety for Daily Commuting
St Louis Bicycle Works will demonstrate maintenance steps to be performed for daily bicycle commuting, as well as discuss safety considerations, to keep your human powered commute safe and consistent.
—Wilma Schmitz, St. Louis BWorks
Do You Know Your Home's IAQ?
Improve your home's indoor air quality! Discuss recycled, non toxic, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) free fabrics, flooring, paint and other materials available today to use in your home.
—Diane Rosen, Diane Rosen Interiors LLC
Easy Ways to Be Energy Efficient
Learn about easy and affordable ways to make your home more energy efficient. You don't have to spend a lot of money to make a big difference and you will see an immediate savings on your utility bill!
—Nicholas Frisella, Metro Lighting
A soda can, a t-shirt, or even an old book can be materials to create new and beautiful items for your home. Discover new ways to look at items you might normally throw away. Tap into your creative side during this presentation covering upcycling basics, project inspiration, and the most sustainable materials and methods to do the job.
—Jenny Murphy, Perennial
How You Can Sustainably Invest
Attend this presentation and walk away with a better understanding of what sustainable investing means, why sustainable investment strategies should be implemented and what kinds of questions you can ask when considering what sustainable investing might look like for you.
—Jake Barnett, Morgan Stanley
Lessons Learned from Building 30 Green Homes
Learn from the real world experience of building 30 new and renovated green homes in the Botanical Grove project in the Botanical Heights neighborhood. This case study will cover the successes and challenges and provide tips for implementing green building practices in your own home.
—Brent Crittenden, UIC
Native Plants: Top 10 Home Garden Performers!
Learn about the value of native plants for your home landscape. This lively pass-around show-and-tell will feature Top 10 plant picks guaranteed to get these habitat heroes out of their pots and into your home landscape!
—Scott Woodbury, Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Now You're Cooking With Gas: Healthy Grilling With Your Natural Gas Grill
Join us for a healthy grilling demonstration utilizing outdoor natural gas grills!
—Darren Zesch, L’Ecole Culinaire
Solar Makes Sense
Learn about the benefits of a solar electric (PV) system for your home and about emerging solar technology that provides powering capabilities when the grid goes down. We will also introduce you to the added financial benefits of combining solar PV and electrical vehicle charging so that you can drive for just 2 cents per mile!
—Mike Hornitschek, StraightUp Solar
24-Hour Fridge Pickles
Summer gardens produce an abundance of okra, cucumber, zucchini, beans and more—sometimes more than can be eaten fresh or given away. Learn the skill of pickling produce that can be eaten in 24 hours. Some jars, a sturdy cooking pot, a fridge and a few simple spices are all that are needed to produce delicious pickles.
—Ryan Barker, Gateway Greening