In honor of Earth Day, here’s a fascinating story about a Michigan couple who not only go green at home but find opportunities for their local school, too.

Kathy scours Web sites looking for state, federal and foundation grants. Her grant-writing abilities have brought Laker schools a composter; wind turbines; a science lab where kids learn how to make their own wind turbines; grants for a turbine; solar panels that track the sun’s movement; a new biomass boiler for the superintendent’s home; processors to make biodiesel and seed oil, and a program to use 20% biodiesel on buses and retrofit old buses with equipment to clean up their diesel emissions.

— Tonja Deegan