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GOING GREEN PAYS OFF FOR SCHOOLS

Reading, Riding, Retrofit pumped nearly half a million dollars in federal stimulus funds to invest in energy-efficiency efforts and environmental education in local schools. After successful efforts at composting, changing out light bulbs in school gyms and other energy-saving efforts, Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools and three local charter schools can pocket more than $241,000 annually saved on utility bills. With the success of the pilot program in Buncombe County, she's turned the Reading, Riding, Retrofit program into a statewide clearinghouse (www.ncgreenschools.org) for teachers eager to bring more green ideas into their classrooms.