Rickard [photo]

Deeply concerned about the environmental effects of nonrenewable energy, high school student Beth Rickard founded a Conservation and Renewable Energy (CARE) program in her school at Arcata, California. The program organized school and community presentations on renewable energy, provided information on how to install solar panels, and gave train sessions on how to do home energy audits. Her school is now 36% solar power, plus 50% of the money the schools saves in energy costs is put back into CARE for expanding its programs. Read more about this teenage energy hero.1