Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley

Reverend Gerald Durley, a civil rights leader and environmentalist from Atlanta, will be one of two featured speakers at Make a Difference: Greening Your Home & House of Worship, to be held 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave. in room T203 in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts.

Durley serves on the national Interfaith Power & Light Board and is the former pastor at the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta. The second speaker is Mike Roberts, meteorologist for KSDK News Channel 5 and adjunct instructor at Saint Louis University in the department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He is also active in his church, which recently installed solar panels.

The goal of the program is to encourage individuals to make a difference starting in their homes and houses of worship. Anywhere there is a building, there is an opportunity to measure its energy use and make changes to conserve energy, save money, improve building occupant experience, and protect the environment.

Breakout session topics will address the basics of greening your home and greening your house of worship and will include panelists with personal experience and practical tips to convey.

The event is organized by the Jewish Environmental Initiative, a committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council, Missouri Interfaith Power and Light and the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter.

Registration/networking is from 6:45 to 7:00 p.m. The program runs from 7-9 p.m., with light refreshments served. The event is free, but registration is required at http://www.usgbc-mogateway.org/events/ .

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