In this richly illustrated and fast paced talk, Steve takes the audience with him on his documentary and television projects with the “Star Path” navigators of Satawal Island in the Equatorial Pacific, the Eskimos of the Alaskan Arctic, with WWII vets in the Alaska and on restored B25 bombers, and Habitat for Humanity projects from Detroit to Kenya. Along the way he takes us through his own building and renovation projects from his 1700's historic home in Salem, Massachusetts, a "green" timber frame barn built on an island in Maine, and a “downsized” 1905 Shingle Style Victorian in the fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine.
The business core of the talk is a clear, straightforward and concise explanation of what sustainable, or “green” building really means, who, demographically, is building green and what motivates them to do so, and why green building, scaled up, is a major driver of positive change for the planet.
Steve’s talk appeals to both general and professional and audiences alike. For builders, architects, designers, kitchen and bath designers, city and corporate planners and anyone in the building products industry, the talk is a natural fit. Steve spoken to forums as diverse as the “Good and Green” conference, the “Marketing to Women” conference, the “Argus Americas Asphalt Summit” (a group of oil industry executives), and the National Healthy Homes Conference, put on by the U.S Dept. Of Housing And Urban Development, and the National Spray Foam Alliance Convention.
Steve also speaks about Historic Preservation and “sympathetic” restoration/renovations, and how “preserving the past helps to create the future”. This speech appeals to city planners, historic groups, design professionals, and the general public.
Steve’s audiences over the years have been widely diverse, and he is always happy to craft a talk targeted to your audience. Here’s what his clients say about him:
The Marshall Historical Society
“If you’re only thinking “This Old House” when it comes to Steve Thomas, think again! The synergy of Steve’s eclectic experiences around the world will energize and inspire folks in your organization to make a difference wherever they can. Most importantly Steve Thomas made us THINK; think about being more deliberative in creating shelter for families, a sense of place in our community and how every local decision can have an effect on sustaining the planet. Not enough? Try easy to work with, sincere, timely, generous, organized, an approachable crowd pleaser."
Janet Ostrum, Marshall Historical Society
Judy Borowitz, Marshall Habitat for Humanity