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WVU Students Pledge to Go Green

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Many people associate going green with spending spending money to buy efficient light bulbs, fuel efficient vehicles and energy star appliances. But being energy conscious is free, and Wednesday some West Virginia University students did just that.

Students nationwide observed National Campus Sustainability Day, which had WVU students pledging to help mother nature.

"I believe in making the environment a better place. I'm totally for recycling and staying green, and doing my best," said Freshman Anna Kiriluk.

Sustainability and ‘Going Green' sometimes feels like catch phrases, but students were lined up in the Mountainlair eager to sign the university's sustainability pledge.

"I care about the environment, I care about the earth we live in, because if it's a bad earth, we all can't prosper in life, and we can't live on this world if our world is gone. You have to do what you can for the community," said Freshman Kelechi Adomn.

Students who pledged got a chance to spin the trivia wheel and win prizes.

The pledge asked students questions about how they already conserve energy.

"I make sure I turn off all my electronics before I leave. I turn the lights off before I leave the room. I try to cut down on water, I keep my shower pretty short," said Kiriluk.

The pledge also helped them come up with new ways to help out more.

"You can be sustainable at anything," said Sally McHugh, intern for WVU's Office of Sustainability. "Buy local is something people don't realize you can do, if you buy local or organic products that helps sustainability too."

"We're going to be the adults of the future," said Adomn. "Soon this is going to be our world and we should just keep our world clean for the next generation."

For 40 tips on how you can be more sustainable at your home, visit the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's website.