GreenFest Showcases Environmentally-Friendly Innovations

LAS VEGAS - Hundreds of people came together at UNLV Saturday to learn about the newest ways to go green. The event, called GreenFest, is in honor of Earth Day.

For 8-year-old Alexander Murua, there's no better way to celebrate Earth than learning how to give back to the planet that gives us so much.

He says he's found a new appreciation for worms, thanks to a booth put on by the Desert Research Institute and Green Power at GreenFest.

"I really like worms, and they are pretty neat, and they are part of nature, and I like nature," he said. "I've been learning about worms that can get good compost and can be good composting worms."

"Some of them make the world better and make the gardens grow better," he added.

Representatives of the Green Alliance say more Las Vegas residents, young and old, are getting the message about the importance of going green.

8 News NOW Meteorologist Sherry Swensk attended the event, checking out the latest in eco-car technology and renewable energy.

It doesn't end there. Dozens of booths lined the lawn at UNLV - teaching people how to conserve energy and use alternative resources.

Girl Scout Troop 232 told attendees where they can recycle batteries.

"Batteries, when they corrode, let off disgusting chemicals that are not good for the environment, and these batteries normally end up in land fills," said Megan Zingo with Girl Scout Troop 232.

Green Alliance officials say GreenFest has quadrupled in size from its first year. More than 150 students participated in this year's event.           


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