Green Festival Speakers
At age five, Maria Onesta Moran drove her first electric car—a PowerWheels. Raised in an environmentally aware family, Maria graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Sociology. Her green building experience took root in 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. Today, Moran still drives an electric car, but this time it’s a Prius! Moran 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 was a speaker at the 2008 Women's Business Development Center Annual Conference. Moran worked with the International Home and Housewares Show as a speaker in 2009 and product judge in 2010. Locally, Moran proudly represents the Southtown Business District for the Village of Oak Park, and is a member of Power of 10 Green Home Experts is one of the only companies of its kind in Illinois, and Moran takes great pride in assisting homeowners and builders with creating dwellings that are better for the earth and its inhabitants. Her favorite saying is, "Every day is Earth Day."