Lucas County commissioners looking for green teens

By Tanieya Lewis - bio | email

Posted by Kate Oatis - email

LUCAS COUNTY (WTOL) - Lucas County is looking for input from "green teens."

The fact is, commissioners want fresh ideas to make the community eco-friendly, so they're visiting local schools.

Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak's office, for example, has sent a letter to every junior high and high school in Lucas County. In it, she asks teachers and principals to pick three students to be part of the Teen Green Ribbon Panel.

Later this month, the panel will meet to discuss environmental issues that matter to them. Then they'll be asked to recruit as many kids as they can to attend the Youth Sustainability Summit where they will present their eco-friendly solutions.

"Young people are so smart, and they're so enthusiastic, and they're learning things far beyond what we've ever thought of before. So why not embrace those ideas?" said Skeldon Wozniak.

Many kids are already getting practice, right in their classrooms. They say education is key to starting a green community.

"The people definitely have to know about the different issues. They need to be aware of what is going on and what our government is doing with it," said teen Rebecca Roe.

"You could do wastewater ponds, green roofing; you could have artificial gardens on the top of a roof and it collects water that way instead of run-off again," said teen Jerica Mayes.

The Youth Sustainability Summit will take place in April, around Earth Day. The ideas that sprout will go to the Lucas County Sustainability Commission for review.

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