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Published April 17, 2012, 06:44 PM

Metro mayors band together in support of Earth Day

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead are officially kicking off Earth Day, even though it's not until Sunday. Each city has focused on incorporating greener ways of living and stresses the importance of sustainability.

Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead are officially kicking off Earth Day, even though it's not until Sunday. Each city has focused on incorporating greener ways of living and stresses the importance of sustainability.

This kick off represents three communities coming together, all in hopes each city will live a little greener, not only for the benefit of today, but for generations to come.

Rich Mattern – West Fargo Mayor: “We hereby proclaim the week of April 22nd through the 28th as earth week in our cities, and we encourage the citizens of Moorhead, Fargo, West Fargo, to take this opportunity to re-new the commitment to learn green, live green.”

Whether it is incorporating wind energy, more recycling centers, or encouraging people to use city transportation, it is clear to see these city leaders are passionate about having a greener place to live.

In honor of Earth Day Mayors Voxland, Walaker, and Mattern are on a green mission and want to remind everyone that there are simple things each person can do to help make these cities greener. Things like turning off water while brushing your teeth, turning off the lights when exiting a room, and unplugging electronics when not in use.

Each Mayor says Earth Day is a great way to remind ourselves what is being done to support Mother Nature and what can still be done to make these thriving communities more earth friendly.

Mark Voxland – Moorhead Mayor: “Gives citizens an idea of, ‘Gee I’ve heard about this, is there something our city can do?’ and so we as city leaders, we then hear that there is an idea out there that we can explore it a little bit.

Rich Mattern: “We take a look at what did we do as individuals in the last year to protect our Earth, what are our goals for next year.”

Leaders hope this Earth Day will be the greenest year yet, and people use these tips and many others to make every day an Earth Day.

Last year the City of Fargo diverted more than 81,000 tons of material from entering the City Landfill. National Earth Day is Sunday.

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