David L. Michael has been the Executive Director/CEO for Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity since August 2006. After spending his formative years in Pocahontas County, WV and then heading to Huntington in 1986 to finish his college career at Marshall University, David graduated from MU with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Post college graduation, David’s career path has been a mixture of experience in working for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. David has participated in various leadership development programs including Leadership Ohio and Leadership Tri-State, graduated from the Community Development Institute, graduated from the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church Lay Ministry Academy, graduated from the 2013/2014 Achieving Collaborative Capacity for Executive Success Program through North Carolina State University and Habitat for Humanity International, and has been a speaker/panelist at numerous workshops and conferences including Habitat for Humanity International’s Affiliate Conference in Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity of Ohio’s Annual Conference in Columbus, West Virginia Housing Conference in Charleston, and the Marshall University Energy Efficiency in West Virginia Conference in Huntington, WV. David served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia for the six years both as a Director and Board President. During his tenure at HAHFH, house production and the number of families served has increased annually, energy efficiency has become a matter of daily practice for house construction, and a new state and national award-winning housing program serving formerly homeless Veterans was started, and still continues, in our community. David is an active participant and supporter of the 4th Avenue Arts in Huntington, WV and Cross Community Church in South Point, OH.
The MU Green Lecture Series is a cooperative effort of the College of Business, Aetna Integrated Services, and the Sustainability Department.
Thurs. OCT. 27th – Sweet Potato Harvest @ the Student Gardens, 4-7pm. Just show up and be ready to help dig up some sweet spuds.
Fri. OCT. 28th – Hoop House Greenhouse construction event, all day at the Student Gardens behind Career Services, near the corner of 17th St and 5th Ave. Come lend a hand and help us build a Hoop House style greenhouse at our Student Gardens.
Join Us and register for our Guided Tour of the Green Trail on Thursday, August 18th from 2-3PM.
Angela Kargul, our Lead Gardener, will take participants on a guided tour of Marshall University’s Green Trail. Enjoy the lush beauty of our gardens and learn about the many sustainable initiatives across campus.
Participants in the Guided Tour simply need to arrive by 2pm @ the Memorial Student Center Lobby, and sign up.
Make sure to hit the Memorial Student Center, because Angela and crew are bringin’ the veg each Wednesday from 11am-2pm. Market Days are a weekly seasonal fair, filled with harvests from the Student Garden. If you are interested in volunteering, let Angela know. Volunteer Days in the garden are every Thursday from 4-7pm (weather permitting).
The 2nd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair, held on May 21st at the Wild Ramp in Central City, was a great success in spite of the threat of rain all day. We lucked out with just a sprinkle here and there, till the real rain came at 4pm, at the close of the fair. We estimate that roughly 400 came out to The Wild Ramp on 14th St. West in the Central City area of Huntington, WV. Tour DePATH had a great annual bike ride along the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health, WVCA and MU Environmental Health and Safety hosted an excellent rain barrel demonstration, and there were tons of wonderful local musicians who performed at the fair as their volunteer contribution. Many workshops and demonstrations were hosted. For more information about this project, visit: www.huntingtonsustainabilityfair.com.
The weather was great, and the attendance was amazing. So many came out to enjoy the day, learn what it means to “Be Green, Be Marshall Green”, and help celebrate Earth Day. Here are just a few pictures from our event.
HUNTINGTON – Children in grades 3 through 9 were able to get their hands dirty Sunday as they conducted several experiments in the Marshall University Student Vegetable Garden.
Under the watchful eyes of Eve Marcum-Atkinson, research and community outreach assistant for the MU Sustainability Department, the students were asked to look at plant parts and identify which parts were eatable. They also measured soil nutrients, moisture and pH levels in the vegetable garden
“Events like these are so important because it gets kids excited about learning math and science,” Marcum-Atkinson said. “We’re able to provide them with real world application and teach them why learning about the world around them is so important.” (Click Here for Full Article)