The Queen Bee
Maria Onesto Moran is the Queen Bee at Green Home Experts. She is married to her high school sweetheart.
Together they are raising two eco-fabulous sons and two pitbulls. She graduated from DePaul University with a
degree in Sociology. Her green building experience took root with a marketing and fundraising job for Lakefront Supportive Housing, now known as Mercy Housing Lakefront. Maria was part of the campaigns to build two LEED-certified apartment buildings in Chicago that provide permanent housing and supportive services for people who were formerly homeless. These buildings have received international acclaim for providing innovative and sustainable housing.
Maria has received Green Tech U certifications from the City of Chicago’s Center for Green Technology. She has worked as a CEU presenter on Green Historic Preservation and speaker at the 2008 Women's Business Development Center Annual Conference. Maria has worked with the International Home + Housewares Show as a speaker in 2009, product judge in 2010, and consultant in 2013.
Locally, Maria coordinates the Village of Oak Park's annual Earth Fest celebration. She has served as a board director for Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory and Forest Park Community Garden. Maria is currently on the board of directors of West Suburban Women Entrepreneurs.
Follow her musings at GreenBlog.
Opened in 2008, Green Home Experts is the only company of its kind in the Midwest. We are a retail store that works with individuals, builders, designers, architects and landscapers to provide eco-friendly solutions for every day living. Our offerings are divided into three categories: Build Green, Live Green and Garden Center.
Build Green: Remodeling and new construction mean big decisions for any homeowner. We take the guesswork out of eco-friendly building supplies by carrying price-conscious, durable and beautiful coverings. All of our materials are sustainable in at least one of the following categories: non-toxic, low VOC or no VOC, formaldehyde free, recycled, made of rapidly renewable materials, locally made, energy efficient, or water efficient. Our selection includes paint, flooring, countertops, custom cabinetry, wall tile, and much more.
Live Green: Creating a healthy, non-toxic home is easy at Green Home Experts. We carry effective, safe and affordable products that are healthy for your home and the planet. Our cleaning supplies are made with non-toxic, biodegradable ingredients that get the job done. Green Home Experts carries the best brands in laundry, kitchen, bath, and general household cleaners. Many of our lines are also locally made and refillable.
Garden Center: Grow your garden green with our extensive supply of organic, natural and non-toxic garden supplies. Our eco-garden center offers an array of locally and sustainably grown annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables. To grow and nurture your garden, we also carry mulch, soil, fertilizers, and other maintenance products that are safe for you, your family, and animals.
Green Home Experts provides eco-friendly options for everything at home, including building materials, garden supplies, and lifestyle goods. Not only do we enable others to live green, we promote a corporate culture of sustainability. Green Home Experts creates a positive environmental impact through:
- The products we purchase and provide
- Our practices in water and energy conservation
- Reducing and eliminating waste whenever possible
- Conducting outreach to our community through educational workshops
Green Home Experts ensures our sustainability through practices and policy, reviewing and revising to maintain a workplace that meets our high standards. Green Home Experts believes a green lifestyle is desirable, achievable, and essential for our community. Through our certification by the Illinois Green Business Association (more info below), we have drafted a policy agreement form, which can be viewed here.
Green Home Experts is enrolled in the IGBA Green Business Certification Program, which helps businesses go green across nine areas of sustainability. The program is funded by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation and administered by Triton College.
As a business committed to environmental sustainability and our local community, Green Home Experts participated in the Growing Green Program organized by the Oak Park Development Corporation. To find out more, go to: www.opdc.net/greenbiz.
In our mind, sustainability and shopping local go hand-in-hand. If you are interested in other local businesses that have committed to Growing Green check out www.opdc.net/greenbiz to see a list of program participants.