Feeling Cooped Up? See the Green Speaker Series

Have you ever considered raising chickens in your backyard? Many municipalities in St. Louis have recently begun to allow backyard hens, but many people lack the knowledge behind raising chicks. On Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. the Green Speaker Series, sponsored by Town & Country’s Green Team Commission, is hosting horticulturist and chicken expert Bill Ruppert for “The Scoop on the Coop: An Overview of Raising and Caring for Backyard Chickens.” The event will be at the farmhouse at Longview Farm Park at 13525 Clayton Road Town & Country, MO 63141, and will last about an hour. It is free and open to the public!

Backyard hens. Photo Courtesy of Michelle Lawrence.

However, maybe you live on campus or are just a poor, busy college student, so you don’t have time to raise chickens. Luckily, the Green Speaker Series has monthly presentations on various environmental topics in hopes of lowering Town & Country’s carbon footprint by educating the public on sustainability. Past topics include how to affordably “green” your home and “Bag-it,” a documentary that shows how plastic affects our everyday lives.

“Maryville students should be interested in the speaker series because Green Maryville Student Association (GMSA) and the Center for Sustainability want to empower students to work on and off campus to bring about sustainable changes,” said Adam Paige, President of GMSA.  “Attending the Town and Country Green Speaker Series not only contributes to learning, it also provides the opportunity to meet residents and officials in the community, which may lead to involvement in off campus projects and initiatives.”

The excitement doesn’t stop at raising chickens, because April 19, 2012 at 7 p.m. the Center for Sustainability will host Brian Bozek, Professor of Mathematics at St. Louis Community College, to speak on the Climate Reality Project at Maryville University. It will be a perfect opportunity for students to learn about climate change from a presentation developed by Al Gore!

Maryville’s Center for Sustainability and Green Maryville both encourage students to become environmentally conscientious and to actively participate in ways to protect the earth. Attending events like the Green Speaker Series are fun, positive ways to learn more about sustainability. So even if you have no intentions of raising chickens, go to the event anyway, meet new people and learn some fun facts!