07/18/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

From Waste To Wonder: Greening Our Schools

About a year and a half ago, Ron Wilcox, the superintendent of schools in Madison County, North Carolina, had a big problem. Electricity bills for the district were 38 percent higher than budgeted. Apparently the local utility had been burning oil to make power, and oil prices were way up back then. Wilcox went to the county commissioners to ask for more money and got it -- along with a lecture about energy efficiency.

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