Terry Winkelmann is an entrepreneur, community activist, environmentalist and new member of Red Key St. Louis. A St. Louis native passionate about the ways we live, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and has been a Realtor since 2003 and a rental property owner and rehabber since 1989.
She owned and operated Home Eco, the first green-focused retail store in the region, from 2005 to 2013. Her company was responsible for installing some of the first solar PV, rainwater harvesting systems, cork and bamboo flooring in the city.
In 2010, she founded the Sustainable Backyard Tour, an annual event reaching thousands of individuals and families that continues today.
She is currently Co-President of Slow Food St. Louis and was selected as a U.S. Representative of Slow Food USA to attend Terra Madre, the 2014 international conference on food and farming held in Turin, Italy.
She is a Missouri Coalition for the Environment 2015 “Local Food Hero”; 2014 Grow Native! Ambassador; one of St. Louis Magazine’s 2008 Green Giants, and a 2009 recipient of the 52nd City Kick Ass Awards STL, an annual celebration of individuals and organizations making positive contributions to our community.
She served as a lead organizer from 2006 to 2013 of St. Louis Green Drinks, a monthly gathering connecting people with important environmental issues and facilitating sustainability in St. Louis. She continues to organize educational programming on permaculture, householding, resilience and sustainable living through the St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis Community College and St. Louis County Library.
Now, as more than 10,000 Americans per day turn age 65, her focus has expanded to include helping Baby Boomers and their parent’s transition to new homes and new ways of living. She is a certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Senior Move Manager representing Smooth Transitions LLC.