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A Greener Charlottesville: Three Green Things

By: Myles Henderson Email
By: Myles Henderson Email

These days it seems like we are bombarded with messages to be more ecofriendly and to "Go Green" and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. But the students at one local middle school are taking big steps to make going green easier. As soon as you step into the halls at Henley Middle School you almost can't help but to start thinking greener. The students and teachers are all asking one question, "dude what are your three green things?"

"We're basically trying to get our students to do these three green things to help the environment and we're thinking since it will spread and get larger in our community and just help the environment." says Spencer Dunsmore, a 7th grader at Henley Middle School. Three Green Things is an effort to encourage students to think of small decisions we can make each day that have a big impact on our environment. Sam Wheeler says, "reuse paper, take shorter showers..." Mitchell Ford says, "cut off lights and cut off the computer after I'm done with it. Josh Patashnik says, "it turns out if you leave appliances plugged into the wall then it's still using power, so unplugging appliances when your not using them." Emily Kingsley adds, "to take shorter showers because I take really long showers and I know lots of people do."

The hope is that a small group of students will invite others, who will in turn expand the ideas out into the community. Sam Wheeler says, "because if everyone does it then everyone pledged, 700 times 3 is 21 hundred that is a lot of three green things." "A lot of kids have gotten there parents to sign it and friends of there parents and then once they sign it, it could get bigger and bigger then more and more people will start recycling and help the environment." says Spencer Dunsmore.

Pledging three green things is an easy way to take baby steps towards a more ecofriendly lifestyle. Mitchell Ford says, "It's not hard, it takes like a day and you can do all three of them like that and without even noticing." Emily Kingsley says, "I think everyone really feels like this something important to do."

Henley Middle School also has future plans to place solar panels on the roof. They have already received a partial grant from Dominion Power and are currently fundraising. They hope to have the solar panels installed sometime in the next 2 years.

For more information and to print your own Three Green Things pledge card visit Henley Middle Schools website...

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