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Hello world

I grew up in Newark, NJ, went to college at the University of Wisconsin and
went on to get a Master's Degree at NYU in Comparative Literature.
In early 2001, I had the opportunity to move to the Mid Hudson Valley.
I had just moved when the World Trade Center was attacked. As the Iraq war drew closer, I decided not to stay on the sidelines. In 2003 I became a
citizen-journalist with the Human Shields and lived in Iraq for over a month
before the war started.
The war brought trillions of dollars in debt to the US public, but huge
profits to oil companies. It has not only shattered Iraq beyond repair, it
has set off conflict and civil war throughout the region.
My involvement and that of many others in the sustainable/renewable energy
field addresses the root cause of many social and environmental problems,
such as war, global warming, and income inequity. A highly energy efficient
home, that produces its own heating and cooling with minimal mechanicals is a form of individual and community democracy.
In 2004 I had a photovoltaic installed on my home. In 2005 I replaced
my oil furnace with a ground source heat pump. I worked for a geothermal
(GSHP) company for a number of years and have continued training in
renewable and sustainable energy.
I am now a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, I am certified with
the Building Performance Institute, with NABCEP in solar hot water, and a
certified installer with the International Ground Source Heat Pump
Association. I'm currently pursuing certifications in photovoltaic technical
sales and support, passive house design, and LEED AP status.
My hobbies include gardening, quilting, yoga and Canadian Gothic literature. I've got a couple of prissy little cats.