Mitchell Hardman, 15, quotes carbon footprints from memory, experiments with alternate fuel sources and powers his room with a wind turbine and solar panels. Anything but a typical teenager, Mitchell plans to bring hydroelectric power to his family’s vineyard, Persimmon Creek Vineyards in Clayton, in the next year.
At the Captain Planet Foundation X-mas Party to Save the Earth in Atlanta on Dec. 12, Mitchell was honored as one of the Foundation’s “Eco Super Heroes.”
The inaugural award recognized five individuals for their dedication. “Mitchell has had a mechanical bent and exceptional ability in science and mechanics since he was a toddler playing with old vacuum cleaners,” says Mary Ann Hardman, Mitchell’s mother and co-owner of Persimmon Creek, where the family splits its time with Athens.