Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 22, 2013

Keeping it clean

By SHELLEY SMITH
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Barren County High School Green Team members had their first-ever Earth Day exhibit on Monday, in an effort to educate and change the habits of their fellow classmates.

There were several booths to give students information on a variety of topics including: renewable energy, diesel fuel, recycling and sustainability. The exhibit featured useful information from the Barren County Cooperative Extension on gardening, the local Green Market Cooperative, enabling consumers to buy organic grocery items, the Western Kentucky University-Glasgow Greentoppers and Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative.

Many visitors to the exhibit said they learned new information.

Hanna Thompson, a BCHS junior, said she was surprised to see how long it takes items to decompose. She said the most surprising was disposable diapers, which according to scientific studies, take around 550 years to decompose. Cigarette butts were estimated to take around 10 to 12 years to decompose.

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