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Wilmington's "green" initiatives on Earth Day

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Organizations in Wilmington celebrated Earth Day by encouraging green practices. Organizations in Wilmington celebrated Earth Day by encouraging green practices.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Organizations in Wilmington celebrated Earth Day by encouraging green practices. The Surfrider Foundation at UNCW asked fellow students to taste test tap water and bottle water to see if they could tell the difference. The Surfrider volunteers explained many of these of bottles end up in the Atlantic Ocean just off of the coast.

"Something that you do here five miles away has a dramatic effect on the ocean," said student event organizer Mae Henry. "There's water bottles that swim down there, cigarette butts that end up there. People need to know we can make a change from here."

The Surfriders also asked students to clean up cigarette butts around campus. Some students found hundreds within just minutes near the library.

Wilmington is also growing in another environmentally friendly way by encouraging the use of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Some electric car owners offer charging stations out of their home. Their name and number appear on an app that can be downloaded by electric car owners which allows them to find the closest place to charge their vehicle.

Obin Olson is an electric car owner who offers his charging station at his home in Wilmington. He has had fellow electric car owners from Raleigh stop by to plug in.

"It's just really cool to have something that is really different and very, very efficient," said Olson. "It's truly a car that's ten years ahead of its time."

His Chevy Volt plugs into the wall overnight to charge like a cell phone.

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