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'Green' home construction to focus of talk at Cacapon State Park

November 20, 2007

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a talk at Cacapon State Park about "green" home construction the evening of Thursday, Nov. 29.

Jeff Feldman, a former environmental educator who recently built an innovative green home of his own in Berkeley County, will be the speaker.

The program will be in the Daniel Morgan Room of the park's lodge starting at 7 p.m.

Admission is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to attend.

Feldman will discuss green building and the importance of environmental considerations in decision-making about new construction, remodeling and simple upgrades of existing homes.

He will use his own home project as an example of cutting-edge possibilities and then explore more modest possibilities.

This home, which he built with his wife, Kristin Alexander, features a passive solar design, straw-bale superinsulation, a composting toilet, a constructed wetland gray-water treatment system, and many other environmentally-considerate design and material elements.

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Feldman has a background in environmental education. He has a degree in environmental interpretation from Penn State and a master's in experiential learning from Minnesota State University at Mankato.

He served five years as a faculty member at Penn State University, and was program director and community environmental advocate for the University's Shaver's Creek Environmental Center.

For the past 13 years, he has run Eagle's View Enterprises, a leadership development and team-building training firm.

For more information, call Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or e-mail pvsmith@frontiernet.net.

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