Former This Old House host Steve Thomas to keynote Earth Day Luncheon

From press release

LOVES PARK, Ill.—Steve Thomas, Emmy Award-winning television host, author and environmentalist, is the keynote speaker for Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s (KNIB) Fourth Annual Earth Day Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 7, 2011, at Giovanni’s in Rockford.

Since June 4, 2008, Steve Thomas has been the host of Renovation Nation, which airs on Planet Green. He celebrated his final year as host of television’s most popular home improvement series, This Old House, during the 2002-2003 television season. Over the course of his 14 years as host, Thomas became known as the “ultimate home enthusiast,” and helped catapult This Old House to the top of PBS’s list of most-watched ongoing series of all-time. He also contributed to the successful debut of Ask This Old House, the series in which viewer questions are addressed on-air, as host during its first year.

Thomas was honored with a 1997-1998 Daytime Emmy Award and received a total of nine nominations for “Outstanding Service Show Host.” His enthusiasm for fixing up old houses was influenced by his father, whom he described as a “true weekend warrior—fearless and always ready to take on any project.” His first project on his own was to renovate a run-down 1920s residence in Olympia, Wash.

Most widely recognized for his 14-year stint on This Old House, Thomas has expanded his expertise in the home renovation area to incorporate green practices. A former spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency’s program “Home Performance with Energy Star,” he has encouraged sustainable building and energy conservation technologies in new and old houses for more than 20 years. He also consults on residential building and renovation for clients all over the United States.

In addition to Thomas’ program, “What Does It Mean to Build Green?”, awards will be presented to an outstanding local corporation, individual and youth for their commitment to the local environment. Nomination forms will be available mid-January 2011 on KNIB’s website at or at the office, 5417 N. Second St., Loves Park. The completed forms must be returned to KNIB by 3 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2011.

Individual tickets for the luncheon are $50 each. Corporate tables of 10 are available for $500, which includes corporate recognition at the event. Registration for the luncheon is due March 31, 2011. Visit for more information or call KNIB at (815) 637-1343.

From the Jan. 12-18, 2011 issue

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