Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business, Aetna Integrated Services and the Marshall University Sustainability Department, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, are hosting a free educational event on the topic of sustainable homes as part of its Green Lecture Series.

The lecture will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Don Morris Room (2E18) of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

David L. Michael, executive director/CEO of the Huntington Habitat for Humanity, will make a presentation on the topic of sustainable homes. Visitors will learn about energy efficient and low-cost design, recycled and re-purposed materials, building affordable homes for local families and veterans, and more.

Michael has been the Executive Director/CEO for the Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity since August 2006.  After spending his formative years in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, and then heading to Huntington in 1986 to finish his college career at Marshall University, Michael graduated from Marshall with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Post-college graduation, Michael’s career path has been a mixture of experience in working for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.  Michael 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. These include 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.

Michael 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.  Michael is an active participant and supporter of the 4th Avenue Arts in Huntington and Cross Community Church in South Point, Ohio.

All who are interested in green architecture and construction, energy efficiency, affordable housing, recycling and re-purposing, and community revitalization, are encouraged to attend, including students, staff, faculty and community members.

This event is free and open to the public. Anyone can register through after Wednesday –

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WHO: David L. Michael, executive director/CEO of the Huntington Habitat for Humanity, will make a presentation on the topic of sustainable homes.

 WHAT: MU Green Lecture Series – Habitat for Humanity and Sustainable Homes

WHEN: 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27

WHERE: Marshall University, Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room, 2E18