Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 7, 2013

An eye-popping class guest

AHS students visited by $87,000 electric car


While none of the students said a Tesla purchase was planned anytime soon, some said seeing one in person left a lasting impression.

That included Maddie Moulden, whose family recently cut back on red meat to reduce their carbon footprint based on how cattle farming contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.

“It just reinforced what I already knew and showed me I made a good decision,” she said. “I definitely think, obviously not to this extent, but how you can buy a new car can save up to 18 percent on your efficiency... it was a lot more than I ever expected.”

Fellow student Tim Awiszus said he would likely look for ways to make his next set of wheels run off the grid.

“Right now, I’m not looking for a car, but as I get older, I’ll definitely think about this stuff,” he said.

Bringing in people from the community to provide their own form of testimony on an issue helps get ideas going for the students, said Steve Fink, an Andover resident closely tied to the program.

“The original idea was, ‘Let’s get people who do stuff,’” Fink said. “They would be models for the students on what their career could be.”

In many cases, students who may be considering a certain career path could finalize their decision after meeting someone who has been successful in the field, Cutler said.

John Rogers said the environmental internship program is a great program because it allows the real world to reach through the school’s walls and touch students who will soon enter it.

“Climate change is pretty serious stuff, and there are pretty serious solutions,” Rogers said. “It’s great to have an avenue to reach kids who are really thinking about this stuff and connect them with the issues of the day.”

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