Save Money and Energy – A Free Event in St. Louis

Take the Scare out of Your Energy Bill! How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient. Third in a Series of "How To" Workshops by the St. Louis Jewish Environmental Initiativeprint a flyer

Sunday Oct. 23, 2011 — 7 p.m.

The Green Center 8025 Blackberry St

St. Louis, MO 63130

Featuring Guest Speakers Gary Steps, Founder and Chief Visionary, Butterfly Energy Works

Kathleen Engel, CGP; Consultant, HomeNav and Home Green Home; and author, ECOnomic$ 101

Seasonal Treats Provided.

Space limited. RSVPs required. To RSVP or for more information, contact Gail Wechsler, 314-442-3894 or

Online Resources

10 Ways to Maintain Your Way to a Greener Home(printable PDF)

HomeNav — An interactive homeowners manual and resource guide; HomeNav contributes to the certification of a green home and works well for homeowners of any existing home to inventory their homes and easily research products for remodeling and replacements

Healthy Planet Newspaper — St. Louis’ only environmental, health, wellness & natural living publication with a mission to help our readers and their families improve the quality of their lives  by promoting all that is healthy, natural, organic, earth-friendly and socially-responsible

OurGreenChoices — Stories and events focused on the environment and health — Online source for local, sustainable products, businesses, events, and jobs opportunities

NSI National Green Building Standard — In collaboration with the International Code Council and the NAHB, this product is the first ANSI standard on sustainable green building. The free Green Scoring Tool lets you score your project to the practices of the National Green Building Standard

EnergyStar —  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) runs the EnergyStar program.  The Energy Star logo can be found on appliances and electronic equipment, and indicates that the product uses energy than other models. EnergyStar also has a program for certifying homes that have low energy use.

Green Building Intitiative — The NAHB launched the GBI to foster green building in the US. It is now being replaced by the ANSI National Green Building Standard

LEED — The US Green Building Council has put out a set of building standards placing it under the banner of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).  These standards can be used to certify that a home building has achieved both low energy use and high environmental friendliness

Local Green Friends

Green Drinks — An international organization of people with a personal or professional interest in sustainability who meet for informal networking sessions and educational programs; part green chamber of commerce, part happy hour, part support group. In St. Louis they meet monthly at the Schlafly Bottleworks

St. Louis Jewish Environmental Initiative — A St. Louis organization for Jews with an interest in green living and environmental policy. As Jews, we are commanded to preserve and restore God’s wondrous creation – the Earth! Part of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis

Missouri Coalition for the Environment — Not-for-profit citizen action organization advocating for clean water, air and open space

Missouri Votes Conservation (MVC) — A non-partisan statewide organization that advocates for pro-environment legislation and political candidates in Missouri.  They represent the broad diversity of conservation interests in the state – from environmentalists, scientists and business owners to hunters, anglers and independent farmers.  Their goal is to achieve sound conservation public policy in Missouri

EarthWays Center — A division of the Missouri Botanical Gardens with a mission to promote sustainability through environmental education and improving the built environment.  They offer many classes, events, and tours of their energy efficient remodeled house

Whole Living Products and Services

USB Indoor Air Monitor & software by Butterfly Energy Works — This USB air quality monitor detects even the smallest change in a room’s air quality, identifying the threat and enabling you to take control of the air you breathe. Simply plug the Indoor Air Quality Monitor into the USB port of your PC. Within minutes a graph tracking variances in VOC levels will appear on your screen and an LED light indicates air quality

ECOnomic$ 101 e-book and printed book by Beth Koritz and Kathleen Beebe Engel, CGP — This workbook and call to action guide will help you take a good look at your lifestyle habits and offer simple, inexpensive suggestions to live a greener lifestyle

Herb ‘n Maid — A conscientious green cleaning company that makes their own green cleaning products

EZSnap Screens — Screen” for the outside of windows and skylights block 90% of the sun’s heat

Alternate and Sustainable Building

Ecos Materials — Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) and other green building materials

All-Terior Systems —  Creator of Jamb-IT-All, a metal framing system for windows and doors that adds strength, saves time and reduces labor costs in the installation of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) and other concrete construction processes

Home Eco – Green General Store, environmentally friendly home products, flooring, recycling bins, composting supplies, rain barrels, solar ovens and more

Newberry Furniture and Kitchen Accessories — Custom woodworkers using a variety of local trees and reclaimed lumber.  Porches and trim for new homes frequently using the wood harvested from the lot on which the house is built. Visit the Newberry Etsy shop for a number of upcycled home decor items, too.

River des Peres Watershed Coalition — Not-for-profit organization focused on improving the River des Peres and its tributaries. “The Rain Barrel Incentive”  sells rain barrels for $60.00 as a fundraiser

Alternative Energy

The Energy Savings Store — Complete solar and wind solutions for homes and businesses

Missouri Solar Living — Primarily solar hot water

Energy Audit Companies

Home Green Home Home Green Home uses energy audits and specialized construction methods to help homeowners achieve improvement to the energy efficiency, comfort, and health of homes. They perform building science testing and have contractors on hand to install any recommended improvements.

Butterfly Energy Works Butterfly Energy Works uses energy audits and in-depth reporting to creating energy efficiencies that will change the way you think, work, and live, guiding you toward a full measure of health and monetary savings. Because of our years of experience with the technologies and philosophies of green building, we see opportunities that others don’t.

Event Sponsors

St. Louis Jewish Environmental Initiative

Presented by the Jewish Environmental Initiative (JEI), a program of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and co-sponsored by The Green Center, connecting people with nature through science and the arts.

Third in a series of “How To” programs presented by JEI. This program is a Project Noah community event and part of Cheshvan, Jewish Social Action Month. Jewish Environmental Initiative, a Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council Relations Council. The JCRC is a beneficiary Agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.


One response to this post.

  1. Thanks for attending How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient, the third in a series of eco “How To” seminars!

    Do you have an online resource for energy efficient living or have testimony for a St. Louis area green company? Did you learn something at this event or get an energy audit? Share with us here!


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