The Washington Post reported recently that two local Virginia counties are using compact fluorescent lamps to raise money for their schools. As part of their spring fund-raising effort, Arlington and Fairfax County school children will be going door-to-door hawking the new bulbs.

The fundraiser, which begins on April 22, Earth Day, has a sales goal of one light bulb per public school student, or about 186,000 CFLs. According to the Post, citing Department of Energy statistics, replacing 186,000 incandescent bulbs with CFLs would reduce pollution equivalent to removing more than 11,000 cars from the roads for a year or planting nearly 16,000 acres of forest.

The CFLs delivered through the PTA fundraisers are more expensive than what one would buy at the local store, but they come with disposal instructions and information on conservation supplied by the student-vendor. The program has been underwritten by Dominion Virginia Power, which donated $10,000 to the effort.

Quite an effort. And it sure beats the usual popcorn, pizza cards, and gift wrap that the kids usually sell. I wish them success.


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