Category Archives: Green Gab Podcast – Green Homes, Green Living and Green Companies

ECOBAGS and The Magic of Tiny Business



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!Sharon Rowe, is a well-known entrepreneur, activist, founder and CEO of ECOBAGS Products and author of The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living. From tiny changes to tiny businesses, Sharon is in the business of cultural change. Her passion is to inspire and motivate people and businesses to action.

Born out of the desire to promote “plastic bag awareness,” Sharon developed the ECOBAG, the original reusable bag, now sold worldwide. Rowe’s mission is to inspire people to reduce, reuse, and recycle by living greener, simpler and more abundant lives.

Through her book, she offers practical tools and tips to help aspiring entrepreneurs start their own enterprise without compromising their beliefs, losing themselves or becoming overwhelmed. And it all started with a broken, plastic bag and a woman who wanted to clean up the Planet one bag at a time.

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Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

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Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

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Green & Home Tech at the Home and Garden Show



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!Gabbing about how home automation and technology is rapidly changing our homes with Tony Pratte of The Sound Room. Tony, my intellectual “partner in crime” works with builders to help them create tomorrow’s high-technology home.

We cover a range of tech and home topics, including the growing changes in the building industry as builders separate into either a high or low-technology focus.

The gab concludes as we talk about how creating a healthier house means living a healthier life, which is a goal everyone here at Green Gab can get behind.

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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

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Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

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The Need for Teams, Missions and Goals in Everyday Homebuilding



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!Marla and Tony talk about the need for teams, missions and goals in everyday homebuilding and green home certification. For the Millennials, sustainability is the added value that makes the difference in the homes they choose to purchase. This trend encourages builders and remodelers to adopt more green home building practices which substantiates the necessity of good project management. The homeowner and builder then work together in assembling a cohesive team of professionals, that develop a unified mission, working synergistically towards goals that result in the homeowner’s ideal home suited to their specific needs and lifestyle. The green home certification process adds an additional level of monitoring and control, which attracts the younger buyer and is why green homes sell faster, at a higher cost and why they maintain their value; they are trustworthy from initiation to closure, and it all starts with … A PLAN!

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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

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Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

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St. Louis Green Business Challenge with Eric Schneider



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!Eric Schneider joins us to gab about the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a joint program of the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Since its inception in 2010, the program has helped 175 businesses in the St. Louis metropolitan adopt sustainable business practices and engage and educate their employees along the way.

77 of these companies have participated in the program for three or more years and 13 companies have been in the program all seven years of the program. The companies in the program represent more than 150,000 employees.

While there are 40 Green Business Challenges across the country, this is the only Green Business Challenge in the U.S. which is a partnership between a Chamber of Commerce a botanical garden.

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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

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Repurposing Waste into Beauty Products – Barbara Lee with Trashy Beauty



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!Barbara Lee of Trashy Beauty, is an environmental activist, zero-waste evangelist, entrepreneur, and fellow podcaster of Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors. Known for her signature organic body scrubs made of repurposed coffee grounds, Barbara challenges people to think about the amount they consume, what they throw away and their daily lifestyle habits that affect the planet.

Conservation can be as simple as buying a reusable straw, shopping at thrift stores and providing your own grocery bags to researching carbon offsetting or seeking a new career in the conservation field.

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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

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Where a Home Lives…



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!Good old common sense is really the foundation for the basic principles of green home.  It does seem that sometimes common sense is not so common.

One of the basic premises of green design is lot and site or rather how the home sits on the land and interacts with it.

Homes, even temporary ones, have some impact and interrelationship with the land they sit on. Today’s episode is dedicated to “lot and site” or where the house is and how it interacts and impacts the land it resides on, or better yet, where a home lives.

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 Green Gab:

About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

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Avoiding the Renovation Nightmare – Mina Fies from Renovation Roadmap & Synergy Design and Construction



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!Mina Fies, creator of Renovation Roadmap and owner of Synergy Design and Construction, assists homeowners in successfully navigating the myriad of decisions and details of the remodeling process from conception to completion.

Renovation Roadmap empowers homeowners looking to expand, update or improve their homes by providing industry tested project management tools such as detailed action steps, checklists, sample contracts, and details on hiring the right contractors for the right job.

Roadmap to Renovation is a great tool that helps people minimize regrets and enjoy the process of remodeling; ultimately ending up with a sustainable home they love.

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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

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Running Your Home So It Doesn’t Run You



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!Learning to drive a home and the systems in it require some basic training something like learning to drive a car.

We talk through some basic training on HVAC filters, thermostat operations/programming, lighting controls, appliance operation, water heater, fan controls, recycling practices/resources, app-controlled stuff and maintenance.

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 Green Gab:

About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

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AeroBarrier! NEW Breakthrough Envelope Sealing Technology Revolutionary Air Sealing



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!Paul Springer, of AeroBarrier, sponsor of the Green Gab Podcast, brings to the forefront the importance of “envelope sealing,” which is the process of sealing the cracks and gaps in non-occupied residential or commercial buildings to better control the interior climate and atmosphere from unwanted outside influences.

AeroBarrier takes the guesswork out of sealing the building envelope through a unique combination of chemistry (the sealant), and physics (pressurization). Building science professionals are embracing AeroBarrier as the most significant envelope-sealing breakthrough in recent years due to their efficiency and green certifications.

Regardless of how tight the building envelope needs to be, AeroBarrier can GUARANTEE it!

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 Green Gab:

About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

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The Home Detective – Finding How to Get a Home to Perform Well



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!Gabbing with Kellye Markowski with Energy Smart Homes – a residential and commercial energy audit provider and project management.  We dubbed Kellye the “home detective” during the podcast recording and it seemed to describe what she does perfectly.  When Kellye performs an energy audit on a home, it’s an investigation into the house – the home detective.

Many issues in a home are a call for improving comfort and energy efficiency.  Kellye works to help homeowners/residents reduce their energy and costs and know the best course of action for their house. An energy audit is a whole house approach just like holistic health addresses all of a person’s health. 

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 Green Gab:

About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

Connect with Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn