In Porterville, Calif., a high school is giving hope for a greener future. Partnering with a non-profit called Climate Action Pathways for Schools (CAPS), the school district incorporates sustainability lessons and green jobs into its curriculum. This visionary initiative provides students with hands-on experience reducing their school's carbon footprint while earning wages. As Jesika Gonzalez reflected, "I've had the opportunity to see that sustainability is everywhere." Not only is the program sparking a youth-based environmental movement, but it is also saving the district money. By conducting energy audits of each building in the district, CAPS students saved $850,000 on a $2.9 million energy budget. With 100 percent of the participants heading to college, the CAPS model demonstrates how learning about sustainability can have far-reaching benefits -- both for the students and for the planet.

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