The Energy & Environment Innovation Foundation (EEIF) team members have been leaders in the field of sustainable waste management, sustainable land management and farming, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the Carolinas for over 20 years. These unique capabilities, and the passion of our team members have been demonstrated and modeled in our professional and personal lives to provide an example to family, friends, local businesses and colleagues.
The owners of EEIF, Chris and Jeffie Hardin, have attempted to model a balanced approach to land and resource management, energy production and sustainable waste management practices in their personal and professional lives. The Gar Creek Conservancy in North Mecklenburg County is a unique and natural resource-rich 14-acre parcel at the headwaters of Charlotte’s drinking water source that was permanently preserved by the Hardin Family and the Catawba Lands Conservancy. Over a 5-year period Chris, Jeffie and their family permitted, designed, financed and paid for a medium-sized, private solar energy system that included a 6.6 kW panels located on the family farm in Huntersville, NC. This family demonstration project included operation of an 8-acre sustainable agriculture farm in North Mecklenburg County run by Chris, his wife, various farming friends and his four children. The balanced approach to energy and waste management on this sustainable agriculture farm resulted in an operation that was approximately is 75 % carbon neutral and 75 % reduce, recycle and reuse.
All EEIF employees have similar unique and inspiring stories to tell about their professional lives and personal projects. The following sections provide a brief summary of our capabilities and our personal/professional passion for practical energy production and protection of environmental resources. The list below provides a summary of what we can offer public and private clients in solving problems with sustainable waste management, STEM education as well as land and water resource management.