Green Springville kicked-off its first Green Speaker Series in January with a presentation from Colden resident and SGI grad Tracie Hall from the U.S. Green Building Council. Hall’s presentation about “Greening Your Home” presented simple items and tasks for home owners to reduce energy consumption, reduce waste and improve indoor air quality.

The second presenter in the Green Speaker Series is Joe Gawron from Buffalo Geothermal. His presentation, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20, will cover basic principles of geothermal technologies, how it compares to traditional heating and cooling, and available incentives for homeowners and businesses.

“I was surprised to see how practical geothermal heating and cooling is,” said Reed Braman, Green Springville co-founder. “I always imagined that it would be a large construction process and, while still substantial, it’s practical for many commercial and residential applications.”

The Green Speaker Series will continue through April culminating in an Earth Day celebration in downtown Springville. On March 20, SGI graduate Darren Cotton will speak about the University District Toolshare Program that he founded, while on April 17 PUSH Buffalo and UB Regional Institute will answer questions on solar panels and provide info on Solarize campaigns.

All presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Springville Center for the Arts. A question and answer period will follow all speakers. For more information, contact Reed at or on Facebook at