NC Green Schools (Reading Riding Retrofit) gratefully acknowledges the generous supporters who have made this project possible.  Some supporters have provided the important funds needed while others have given their dedicated time and expertise. Thanks to all of you!

The Hub and Buncombe County seeded the original concept and development of the program.  The Hub sparks collaborations within Buncombe County to benefit the community through economic and community development projects.

United States Environmental Protection Agency.  The USEPA was a key funder with a grant from the  Climate Showcase Communities Program.  The focus of this grant was to direct our attention to the 54 public schools in Buncombe County to reduce energy and the carbon footprint of the schools and spark a culture of green within the school systems. 

Land of Sky Regional Council was a key partner in the implementation of the Climate Showcase Grant. They dedicated staff time for grant management and supporting the development of green teams and mini grants within the schools.

Waste Reduction Partners engineers and scientists worked with our schools by conducting onsite assessments and providing consulting servicess to assist in the implementation of the energy upgrades funded by the Climate Showcase Grant. 

The Palm Beach County Green Schools Recognition Program provided the initial inspiration for our program. Thanks to Susan Toth and her team for their leadership and for being so generous in sharing their hard work with us!  

We wish to thank the following organizations for providing us with their valuable resources to ensure that Reading Riding and Retrofit:  The NC Green Schools Program will better serve the schools of North Carolina as they "go green."


We are grateful to the following people for their support as advisors over the years as we have built this program. 

  • Robin Cape, Founder, Reading Riding Retrofit
  • Susan Gottfried, National Green Schools Network, Evergreen Community Charter School
  • Lisa Tolley, NC Office of Environmental Education
  • Renee Strnad, Environmental Educators of North Carolina
  • Ben Matthews, NC Dept of Public Instruction
  • Ron Collier, NC Dept of Public Instruction
  • Len Hoey, NC State Energy Office
  • Hamilton Cort, US Green Building Council Charlotte Chapter
  • Terry Albrecht, Waste Reduction Partners
  • Julie Woosley, Environmental Assistance and Customer Service Center of State of NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Rachel Eckert, NC Department of Environmental Assistance and Outreach
  • Sarah Yelton, Environment Educators of North Carolina
  • Marty Wiggins, NC Office of Environmental Education
  • Keith Bamberger, NC Division of Air Quality
  • Eleanor Ashton, Evergreen Community Charter School
  • Linda Giltz, Land of Sky Regional Council,
  • Jon Snover,  Blue Ridge Tech Ventures
  • Jennifer Hoverstad, NC Green Building Council
  • Dr. John Wear, Center for the Environment at Catawba College