Green is Smart…Smart is Green
I’m Marla Esser Cloos, The Green Home Coach. I’m part of the fast growing green home wave. I want to inspire you to get on the wave too. Why do I want to do that?
Because even though I may have not yet met you or talked with you, I care about you, what you do, and how it affects your community, my community and our world. This is not about climate change or politics or tree hugging. This is about doing your best for you and yours in your home. This is about you owning it and doing what you can. This is about not worrying about what you cannot get done. This is about celebrating what you CAN do.
That’s what The Green Home Coach is all about – inspiring you with people and their stories, educating you about what makes a green home green and how to do it – a bit at a time or all at once. I work with individual consumers, homeowners, builders, remodelers, realtors and just about anyone that works with a home in some way. My personal mission is to empower people, especially women, in their homes and families by sharing how green and sustainability offers a safer, healthier and more comfortable home.
Keep reading for the credentials and what I’ve done, yet keep in mind that together we can create a lot more. The past is just to learn from and give us some ideas about what we can do together, now.
Credentials and education
I am a NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Women Business Enterprise. I earned my B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University
Through the magic of technology, I work everywhere and have clients in Washington (state), New York, Colorado and more, even though I live and have my physical office in St. Louis, Missouri and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
My blessings – also known as accomplishments
- Green Gab podcast – founder and co-host with Tony Pratte – on iTunes, 2 Guys Talking Podcast Network, Proud Green Home and Green Home Coach
- creator and founder of HomeNav – an online homeowners’ manual and green guide
- partner with Phil LaRocque inspiring Home Builder Associations and builders across the nation to get in on the green home wave
- repeat speaker at the International Builder Show and conferences
- National blogger on Proud Green Home, expert insights
- Writer for local and national publications
- Author of Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices for a Better Home
- 2013 University Award from Society of Women Engineers, St. Louis
I am a contributor and member of organizations supporting women, homes, green and small business:
- National Association of Home Builders
- Professional Women in Building national trustee and subcommittee chair
- Sustainability and Green Building subcommittee member
- Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri
- Advanced Building Systems & Technology Council steering committee member
- Professional Women in Building Council steering committee member and Career Builder subcommittee past chair
- US Green Building Council – St. Louis Green Schools Quest mentor and Programs Committee past member
- Washington University, Women & Engineering past chair & founding member
- Solar for our Superheroes, a project of Honoring our Mother Earth, founding board member
- Business Women Connecting – St. Louis
- WIBO – Workshop in Business Opportunity, Grace Hill Women’s Business Center – discussion leader
- STL Green Exchange – co-founder of ad hoc green home & living exchange group
Whew! Well, now that you know a little about me, I’d love to know more about you, and how we might work together to make our community and our world a better place.