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Long Branch Environmental Education Center (Asheville, North Carolina, USA)

The Long Branch Environmental Education Center, Inc. is a small educational institute in Buncombe County's Newfound Mountains, about 18 miles northwest of Asheville, North Carolina. Set aside in 1974 as an ecological sanctuary and land trust, it has developed into an educational center for sharing positive strategies of sustainability and local self-reliance in the areas of environmental design, organic food production, renewable energy, shelter design and construction, appropriate technology, resource conservation, recycling, wildlife protection, ecological restoration, and improved environmental quality. Structures on the land include a passive solar office and staff residence, a passive solar cabin, two attached solar greenhouses, three solar composting toilets, one passive solar conference center, a traditional 1918 farm house with a state-of-the-art energy conservation retrofit, an old tobacco barn, and miscellaneous outbuildings, including a secluded retreat shelter.