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January 2, 2014

DAR Takes Conservation Tour

EXETER - Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Exeter Chapter took an “armchair” tour of the conservation efforts at Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) on Appledore Island at their November meeting.

Ross Hansen, Director of Facilities and Planning for SML, showed the group the lab, really a small island town, and a model of environmental efficiencies. Hansen plans and implements conservations efforts from wind and solar power to improved energy storage, and to upgraded appliances and lighting, all of which cut the lab’s energy use over a seven-year period by almost two thirds. And, said Hansen, more savings are expected.

Because the DAR encourages the study of and participation in conservation efforts, DAR Member Bea Dalton invited Hansen to talk with the group at their November 4 meeting held at Langdon Place in Exeter. The audience included 25 members, and guests are always welcome.

Appledore Island, in the Gulf of Maine, is an hour boat ride from Portsmouth. It hosts SML, a seasonal field station for up to 130 students and staff members, which is committed to fostering education and research in marine science, sustainability, engineering and conservation. Those who participate in the programs become part of a self-sufficient and self-contained community that generates its own power and maintains its own fresh, salt and waste water systems.

The National Society of the DAR, headquartered in Washington, DC, was established 123 years ago to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. It has 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. To learn more about the Exeter Chapter go to www.freewebs.com/exeterdar or send an email to exeterchapterdar@yahoo.com

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