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The Green Suite

5 | 53 reviews

Chicago, IL

If MacGyver and Captain Planet had a love child, it would be Nick Conrad. Since its inception in 2010, The Green Suite has been the vehicle through which Nick Conrad has shared his DIY approach to sustainability with the Midwest. After appearances at numerous libraries, festivals and corporate events in the Chicagoland area, Nick has decided to take The Green Suite on the road, and expand his audience. Over the next few months, Nick will convert an 85-square foot cargo van to a DIY tiny house. Spanning from Texas to California, The Green Van Project will become the literal vehicle bringing NIck's eco-education to the masses, with his trademark charm and wit. His engaging, hands-on presentations on hydroponic window farming, solar energy and zombie survival have attracted the attention of many intrigued Chicagoans, and have brought him to TV and radio on WCIU's You & Me This Morning and WGN, and coverage in publications such as the Chicago Red Eye, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Green 's Reviews

5 | 53 reviews
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    Eric G.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    I feel like I definitely got more than my money's worth for this class. Nick is a wealth of excitement and knowledge and is willing to share both. He dabbles (pun intended) in so many things it was almost hard to stick to the topic of the class. But stick to it we did and I definitely left excited with so much new info to put to good use. I will be keeping an eye out for his future classes.

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    Caren E.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    I really enjoyed this class. I feel so inspired to grow my own plants now. He showed us how to make a very easy hydroponic plant holder from empty plastic bottles. Plus he shared a lot of other green ideas, like apartment composting, solar panels, homemade flower planters and glass cutting (from empty wine bottles-he's very resourceful).

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    Katie S.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    It was a great primer course for window and hydroponic farming. I got a good sense for where I should start and important factors to consider when setting up my own window farm.

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    Jennifer O.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    I was intrigued when a friend asked me to join her. Nick is a great teacher: fun and informative. We even walked away with materials to begin our own window farm. This is a great activity to involve my kids in as well.

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    Lauren V.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    Nick was a blast to learn from and his "green suite" is a testament to his wealth of knowledge. The experience made something I've always been curious about really accesible & I walked away feeling like I was capable of recreating his set-up in my own home!

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    Ashleigh H.
    Zombie Survival Training

    This was a lot of fun and a great experience! It made me think of a lot of safety and survival things (give or take the undead). I highly recommend it!

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    Jen C.
    Zombie Survival Training

    This. Was. AWESOME. What a great overview of how to survive any large scale disaster, zombie mob included! I learned things I can even use now, and I enjoyed the hands-on experience in making something useful out of ordinary stuff.

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    Steph L.
    Zombie Survival Training

    Had a great time! I was telling all my co-workers how I learned how to make a stove out of soda cans. They wished they had gone.

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    Aidan P.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    Interesting, practical, simple, and pretty immediately applicable. Also came away with one basic planter and seeds planted, so there should be no more procrastinating!

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    Sarah H.
    DIY Solar Electricity

    Nick did a great job describing basic principles of electricity in addition to understanding the various aspects of building a solar panel. I look forward to beginning my solar project and recommend this class!

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    Jackie E.
    Zombie Survival Training

    Definitely recommend this class! Really great overview of survival skills and awesome to leave with a useful (DYI!) tool.

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    Mark S.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    The teacher had an organized presentation of material, and I have started window farming now. I enjoyed it.

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    Dustin B.
    Zombie Survival Training

    Really fun class, with a lot of great survival training. I liked that it wasn't completely about zombies, and that Nick included some fantastic advice that would have you ready for pretty much any disaster event.

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    Franki Jo B.
    Zombie Survival Training

    The class was a really great time! We learned a bunch of neat stuff that would help us in a zombie apocalypse or any giant disaster. I would recommend this to any Zombie-Apocolypse or dooms day theory lover!

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    Bryan B.
    Zombie Survival Training

    Had alot of fun. The teacher engages those there and we learned alot about general survival in various scenarios.

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    Ellie S.
    Zombie Survival Training

    This was my first Dabble class and I found it to be very fun and informative! I now feel more secure knowing that I could survive the zombie apocalypse...at least a little while longer than before. You also come away with a good strategy of where to meet and what to do in case of a disaster.

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    Rolando R.
    Zombie Survival Training

    Awesome class, great interaction. Definitely worth purchasing! Not only is this class unique, but its very useful and informational.

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    Elizabeth P.
    Zombie Survival Training

    This class is a must for Walking Dead fans. It was a good balance of informative and entertaining. It's less about bashing zombie brains, more about practical, life-saving skills. The teacher was charismatic and well-versed in survivalist skills/tactics.

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    Ilana F.
    Zombie Survival Training

    I signed up for this class to get practical tips on how to survive an apocalypse, and I was thoroughly impressed! Nick knows his stuff and was able to make us keenly aware of the issues. Instead of feeling hopeless or scared, by the end I felt immensely empowered.

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    Megan H.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    Very interesting, very cool. Teacher has so much information, and very informative.

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    Christopher R.
    Zombie Survival Training

    It was lots of fun. It's a more general all around survival class with a small focus on zombies but still lots of fun.

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    Chris R.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    I had a great time at The Green Suite learning about window farming and hydroponics. Nick was very organized, open to questions, informative and fun. He also answered many questions about living an urban lifestyle that is sustainable, especially for renters. Overall, I really enjoyed the conversations, lecture and information that I walked away with.

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    Dana L.
    Zombie Survival Training

    This class was a lot of fun! Nick was very energetic and had a lot of great information to give. His presentation was really good with a full slideshow (which he gives to attendees after the class is over), music, demos and props (including a baseball bat with a saw blade nailed on the end!). The location was great as it was a private room at a bar, so people got drinks or food and it was a nice chance to socialize and meet new people. It was mostly lecture format, but with the intimate setting people were encouraged to answer and ask questions as well. The information was practical no matter who you are or where you're starting out in disaster preparedness. Definitely recommend this as a fun, informative and useful night out.

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    Emily G.
    Zombie Survival Training

    We LOVED this class! The lesson was a perfect amount of important survival techniques and zombie fun. Truly a fabulous way to spend a Wednesday! Although, I did learn that I have a long way to go when it comes to post-apocalyptic survival...

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    Jace M.
    Zombie Survival Training

    Great class - definitely recommend it. The information was interesting and the instructor made it interactive and fun. Also learned some great survival skills and tips! This is NOT just for a zombie apocalypse, useful for any type of catastrophic event and/or basic survival plans.

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    Mark M.
    Zombie Survival Training

    Fun class. Loads of basic survival info, well organized and engagingly delivered, with about 5% zombie zaniness to make you smile. Best of all, in my opinion, was the hands-on craft-your-own-alcohol-stove project at the end.

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    Skye H.
    Zombie Survival Training

    Very informative class!! Highly recommended!

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    Rebekah P.
    Zombie Survival Training

    The class was really fun and informative. This guy definitely knows his stuff. Total Eagle Scout and Walking Dead expert. Although I learned how to prepare for the apocalypse, I also learned that I'm currently very unprepared (for any disaster).

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    Shawn C.
    DIY Solar Electricity

    This was my first dabble class and it was pretty cool. We talked a little about how solar electricity is made, got to see a homemade setup, and even started the process by practicing soldering.

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    Marcy W.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    Great ideas! Very open minded class about window farming. Creating our own little sample was fun!

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    Steph L.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    Very informative class. Teacher was friendly and helpful. I'm looking forward to my when my lettuce starts to sprout. Had an awesome time

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    Emmy C.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    Nick is an awesome teacher, and I learned more than I had expected - he has a damn impressive set-up. Plus, jalapeño chips. Definitely recommend taking his class!

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    Julie N.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    The class was really great. Very informative about hydroponics and a great explanation and demo on how it all works--even got to make a mini-system to take home and grow our own veggies/herbs. I really enjoyed the evening. Would recommend to anyone interested in alternative growing methods and meeting a very interesting guy.

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    Ryan T.
    DIY Solar Electricity

    Great class, very interesting and a fun environment. Will enjoy taking some of Nick's other classes when I'm able!

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    Carlos T.
    Zombie Survival Training

    The Zombie Survival Training class was great! Fun and informational.

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    Jill D.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    Very very interesting, with lots of good information and techniques. Really learned a lot, and was motivated to work on a project at home.

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    Chrystal M.
    DIY Solar Electricity

    Teacher is personable, good energy, made sure everyone's questions were answered and that anyone who wanted to could help build.

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    Jennifer E.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    Nick was organized but laid-back and taught a great entry level class on hydroponics.

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    Sara K.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    Very educational and fun class! I recommend this class to anyone looking for a simple way to start window gardening.

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    Bianca M.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    This class was awesome! I learned so much from the teacher and look forward to applying the tips from class to my new home garden.

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    Steve H.
    Ten Steps to Sustainability

    Lots of valuable information and ideas on how to be more eco-friendly. Nick is a great teacher who is very passionate and knowledgeable about environmental sustainability. Highly recommended!

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    Alex O.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    Nick had a great presentation and I learned so much about all the different things you can do , with a little elbow grease and the right knowledge, you can have a green thumb. Totally great and highly recommended!

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    Brooke T.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    Nick was great! Super knowledgable and very passionate about window farming which made the class that much more enjoyable. His enthusiasm has inspired me to start my own mini window farm- already researching supplies for a shopping trip the weekend :)

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    Sarah K.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    The teacher was fun and informative. He is clearly passionate about what he teaches and I look forward to attending more of his classes in the future!

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    Natsuki P.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    I learned a lot not only about window farming but also about plants, nature, etc. from such a knowledgeable and innovative/creative instructor! Nick's passion and positive personality made the class engaging and enjoyable. I strongly recommend his class!!

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    Ella E.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    Great class for beginners. The instructor provided an excellent presentation and wealth if information and resources. We were also able to start our very own hydroponic window seedlings in the class.

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    Maria S.
    Window Farming for Beginners

    The class was really informative and I really enjoyed the hands on activities. Definitely demystified the idea of hydroponics and makes me really excited to give it a shot!

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    Brooke R.
    DIY Solar Electricity

    Oh wow - this was super fun and Nick is awesome and met nice folks and all in all, it was a great 2 hours. Thanks so much!

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    Michelle M.
    DIY Solar Electricity

    Nick was a great teacher. I had a beer, met some nice people and learned the basics of constructing a functional solar panel. Excellent value for my money.

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    Karen G.
    Zombie Survival Training

    Awesome class, it was really fun. Everything I learned will be useful at multiple occasions. Nick is quite knowledgeable and very good instructor.

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