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Going green not just for hippies
Published 4/15/2013 6:00:00 AM
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The Environmental Task Force is not just for hippies.

At least that’s what senior environmental science major Saber Jewell insists.

Jewell said the group provides her with the opportunity to access resources and learn about issues not addressed elsewhere.

Nathan Youmans, ETF chair, said their purpose is to educate the community about local, national and global environmental issues.

“Our purpose is to promote environmental sustainability,” he said. “To achieve those goals of education and promoting sustainable living, we use events and guest speakers and demonstrations.”

Students can visit the ETF for resources to tackle environmental projects, said Jenna Bracken, ETF vice chair.

Being a part of this group has helped students foster practical skills and connections with other groups in the community.

“It's good to kind of get that experience and know how to address authority, and know how to talk in big groups,” Bracken said.

Through projects like stream clean ups, Youmans said the group has created bridges between groups. Members of ETA attend WSU’s Sustainability and Environment Committee meetings and help with the events of other community groups.

ETF provides a vital service to students and community members by showing others unseen opportunities, Youmans said.

“We act as a middle man between some of the activities that these community groups do and try to get the WSU student body involved,” he said. “They provide more opportunities for WSU students to get involved with the environment.”

Jewell said everyone is welcome and the group loves new people coming to meetings.

The club is gearing up for Earth Day 2013. Their event on Terrell Mall will run April 16 and 17. ETF and other environmentally friendly groups from the Palouse will be raising awareness about environmental problems.

“We only have one planet, so there's only so much it can take,” Jewell said. “Every little bit helps.”

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