East Harriet, Barton team up on alternative energy

The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association has teamed up with staff at Barton Open School, 4237 Colfax Ave. S., to form the Bryant/Barton Environmental Awareness Team (BEAT).

Neighborhood group Vice-Chair Stephen Rueff said residents and Barton students would team up to explore an environmental topic each year; the first is alternative energy.

Rueff said the catalyst for the program was a neighborhood survey that revealed high interest in energy conservation and alternative energy.

While Rueff works on fund-raising, Barton science teacher John Klein is developing course plans for students to explore alternative energy options such as hybrid cars, solar panels and conservation.

Klein said this curriculum would lead to an alternative energy fair this spring, where student can meet with alternative-energy professionals and experts. Rueff said he hopes East Harriet residents could get ideas about alternative energy for their homes and businesses.

As part of the project, Rueff is trying to get donated solar panels to be used at East Harriet business nodes. However, funding and business participation are uncertain.

All are welcome to participate in BEAT. For more information, contact Rueff at the EHFNA office, 824-9350 or Klein at 824-2279.