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

Green Inspiration and Education



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!We’re gabbing about the benefits of green education, building green, and green financing. Welcome back, Tony Pratte, with The Sound Room.

We have plenty of laughs discussing how green isn’t about politics, or living in a tree house. It’s about thinking, and making, conscious decisions about your home and how you live.

One of my goals with green education is inspiring people to take action, and contribute to their life being better!

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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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From Smart Home to Connected Home



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Smart homes and the technology that makes them happen are in the limelight. With technology and the smartphones we carry in our pockets, connections can be made between systems and devices in our homes. With these connections, systems and devices are easier to operate, especially where a physical limitation may exist.

This technology also provides a lot of convenience and wow factor. Adding a “brain” or central processor, allows a smart home to become a truly connected home.  Listen in to hear more about smart home to connected home.

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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.

Connect with Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn


Green Gab: Find Your Neighborhood – Ron Williams and Cindy Rhinehart of Hoodle



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Ron and Cindy with Hoodle, share this online web portal to help homebuyers find their neighborhood for building a new home. With Hoodle, homebuyers can learn about neighborhoods with new home construction, as well as the builders building the homes.

Hoodle helps new homebuyers learn about the homes in the neighborhoods, the amenities and the community. Hoodle helps people find their dream home.

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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.

Connect with Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn


Being in your Yard and Children’s Garden Club – Nicholas Citrin with Cloverwall and Douglas Wolter with STL County Parks



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Being in your yard without mosquitos is just what Cloverwall is all about. Nicholas Citrin with Cloverwall shares their approach to mosquitos or rather getting rid of mosquitos Their multi-step approach helps to prevent mosquitos as well as treat them. Many of the treatments they use are natural based.

Douglas Wolter of St. Louis County Parks and Recreation works with the Children’s Garden Club. The Children’s Garden Club is designed to educate, as well as bring delight in gardening and horticulture with projects they start themselves and take home to continue to grow and enjoy. The Children’s Garden Club also works with the Pollinator Project where kids learn about pollinators and how to help them thrive.

Read more at The Green Home Coach Website!
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— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

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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


Second Time Around – Carolyn Dickson of Second Sitting & Jenni Owens of Upcycle Treasure Box



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Carolyn Dickson of Second Sitting in St. Louis specializes in finding a “second sitting” for furniture and home accessories.  This resale and consignment home furnishings and accessories store gets a lot of furniture from display homes, staging companies, and showrooms in the area that are turning over their merchandise. A great way to reuse furniture and get beautiful homes too.

Jenni Owens founded Upcycle Treasure Box to put recyclable materials back in the hand of the public for creative reuse.  Donations come in from organizations, individuals, schools and more and include things from toilet paper rolls to leftover jars and bottles.  Teachers also can bring in unused materials and for $5 restock with as much as they can carry from Upcycled Treasure Box’s tables.  Most states have similar creative reuse centers and resources.

Their goal is to offer education and inspiration on a given green topic by providing basic concepts and vocabulary and offering some actions for people to start.

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Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

 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


The Eyes of Our Homes – Windows… Debbie Kinsinger of Two Blind Guys and Keith Kessler of Pella Windows



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Debbie Kinsinger, owner of Two Blind Guys, runs a family-owned and operated business. Debbie and her 2 sons specialize in residential and commercial window covering needs. Many window coverings help a home be more comfortable and energy-efficient with better insulation for windows. Window coverings look beautiful and offer performance too.

Keith Kessler, a rep with Pella Windows, gabs with us about the importance of windows in a home. Pella Windows add architectural beauty and performance at all price points. Pella Windows are made in the USA in Pella, Iowa and offer durability and less maintenance for a good investment that lasts and that is also a good investment environmentally.

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Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

 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


Preserving Seeds and Materials… Angela Adler of SeedGeeks and Jenny Murphy of Perennial



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!Angela Adler and her husband Mark started SeedGeeks 4 years ago. They had started saving their seeds to preserve the many varieties out there. That blossomed into their company SeedGeeks to preserve the biodiversity of the different varieties. Angela and Mark are also bee keepers and offer a line of raw honey and honey products, as well body care.

Jenny Murphy gabs about Perennial, a non-profit all about creative reuse by teaching people how to create new things out of old junk. At their workshop in south St. Louis, they offer classes on how to make rag rugs, building furniture from pallets, natural textile dyeing and more. Their outreach programs to women in transition, teach that their creativity is a powerful tool to live sustainably and resourcefully.

Read more at The Green Home Coach Website!
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Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

 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


ReUse and Renewable… Josh Vaughn – Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Paul McKnight of EFS Energy



Click Here to Play This Episode of The Green Gab Podcast Now!Gabbing with Josh Vaughn, of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in St. Louis. Habitat ReStore sells new and used building and remodeling supplies at a discount to the public. The funds generated are then used to help fund building Habitat Homes in St. Louis. The ReStore program has helped divert about 33 thousand tons of waste since 1997.
Paul McKnight is the owner of EFS Energy, providing solar solutions for residential and commercial buildings. With solar becoming more mainstream, organizations and people are adapting to solar power around them. And it is all advancing quickly. The cost of equipment has dropped so dramatically just in the last 5 years, when Paul Started the company they were installing for $7 a watt and within 3 years they were at $4 a watt. Between dropping equipment costs and the federal tax credit, solar power makes sense for more of us.

Read more at The Green Home Coach Website!
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Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

 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


High Performance Homes with Matt Belcher of Hibbs Homes and Heating & Cooling with Pat Dodd of Dawson Dodd Heating and Cooling



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Matt Belcher works with Hibbs Homes and is well known in the green home world and as the author of Build Green and Save: Protecting the Earth and Your Bottom Line from NAHB Builderbooks. It was written for builders to incorporate green practices into building. Matt has been a long-standing champion of green home building, as well as a hero and mentor to Marla. “Rising tides raise all boats” – Matt.

Pat Dodd of Dawson-Dodd Heating and Cooling – we heat and cool the impossible™
Dawson-Dodd will work installations many contractors will walk away from. Heating and cooling older homes and even homes which do not have ductwork is their specialty. They offer systems and installation which cool from the top down as well.

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— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

 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


The Tables are Turned – Erin McKee of Next Project Studio Gets the Scoop on How the Green Gab Started



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The tables are turned! Erin McKee of Next Project Studio – a design build firm in St. Louis – interviews co-hosts Marla and Tony. She digs in about starting the Green Gab podcast and how they each got going in green homes and sustainability. They each bring something different to the podcast as intellectual partners in green.

Their goal is to offer education and inspiration on a given green topic by providing basic concepts and vocabulary and offering some actions for people to start.

Read more at The Green Home Coach Website!
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Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

 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