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12 November 2009 

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VOA's weekly spotlight on notable Americans who are having a positive impact on the world

Wendy Kopp's idea has grown to become one of the nation's largest providers of teachers for low-income communities
Organization recruits and trains America's brightest to teach in America's most underserved schools
Bill McKibben is the guiding force behind 350.org
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announces a presidential order to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay, creating "a tougher era in federal leadership"
Beverly Wright says she realized early on the severity of environmental injustice
Thomas Smith was honored by the Heinz Awards for his advocacy for renewable energy and energy efficiency to reduce global warming