The state of Vermont is offering schools incentives to reduce their carbon footprint this winter, the Associated Press reports. Schools that reduce the most carbon emissions per student will receive $5,000 for energy-saving building renovations. By signing up for the Vermont School Carbon Challenge, schools can monitor their building’s carbon savings on a web-based educational site. The site estimates savings from changing a light bulb to cleaning out appliances and lowering the thermostat. Gov. James Douglas, Agency of Natural Resources Secretary George Crombie, and other state officials kicked off the challenge Sept. 23…

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