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News - May 15, 2013

Nancy Reyering named environmental champ

by Dave Boyce

Woodside resident Nancy Reyering, an active volunteer in the civic affairs of the town, received the town's Environmental Champion Award for 2013 at the Earth Day Fair on April 27.

Ms. Reyering is one of seven residents serving on the Architectural and Site Review Board, a panel that reviews construction and design plans for new homes and major remodeling projects. The green remodel of her own home won her and her husband Martin Walker recognition from county, state and federal officials in 2009, said Sustainability and Conservation Committee member Rob Flint.

Ms. Reyering is on the town's Open Space Committee and was key in setting up Woodside's Backyard Habitat program to recognize residents working to improve their properties to create wildlife corridors for native plants and wild animals.

Her favorite topics include orienting homes for best use of solar heating and cooling, using sustainable design and minimizing grading, Mr. Flint said. Her efforts can hit hard. In Mr. Flint's recollection, Ms. Reyering recalls an applicant who named her in a 20-page complaint over her views about grading. "I was proud to be seen as thwarting to their intent" to cut into a 32 percent slope for an arena, she said.

She is a member of the California Public Interest Research Group and the Environmental Working Group, both ardent watchdogs intent on protecting the interests of the public.

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