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Congregations clean up

Interreligious effort targets electronic waste.

Jennifer Simula, 24, a graduate student from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich., and the school’s Earth Keeper student team project director, volunteered on Earth Day, April 22, with other students and Thomas Skrenes, bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod. The second annual Earth Keeper Clean Sweep is an interfaith project involving about 120 congregations. More than 320 tons of electronic waste, including old and broken computers, televisions and cellular phones, were dropped off for recyclying at 27 sites throughout the state’s Upper Peninsula. “This is a generation that is interested in preserving the environment around us—we have a lot of energy and motivation because we look around us and we love this place and want to protect it,” Simula said.


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