The 6th graders were at Spruce Knob to investigate stream health through the Appalachian Watershed Monitoring (AWSM) program, and also to think about energy and its role in their life and impact on the environment. As energy travels through the supply chain to the consumer, its origin becomes obscure until there is little apparent relationship between raw materials such as coal, wind, water, lumber or natural gas and the motion of a washing machine or the start of a motor engine. During the summer of last year, the Mountain Institute built a collection of solar panels in its backyard at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center, with help from a grant with the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation and the donation of an extra panel by the installers, Mountain View Solar of Berkeley Springs, WV. You can read more about solar power on Spruce Mountain in the most recent addition of our newsletter, page 3.
|Morgantown High students debate energy consumption in the United States.|