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USD hosts sustainability fair to celebrate Earth Day

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VERMILLION, South Dakota (KTIV) - On Earth Day 2014, students at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion had a big conversation about saving the planet.

The university's Sustainability Club put on a sustainability fair in the student center, featuring groups and organizations in the area with a mission to save the earth.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Missouri River Institute had booths, as well as folks who run community gardens and sell sustainable goods.

Students passing by said they were glad the university was taking such an interest in the planet, especially on Earth Day.

"This is the only planet we have, and if we mess it up, we don't get another one, so we've got to take good care of the one we have. And increasing awareness about what we can fix and what we can do to change things is great," Lydia Graslie, USD graduate student said.

Members of the Sustainability Club said they were glad to get the word out, but people need to be focused on treating the planet well every single day.

"This conversation is important every day. It really has to be ingrained in your behavior every day, otherwise you're not going to see the change. If you recycle one day a year, it's not going to make a change. You have to make those changes in your lifestyle every day," Emily Hattouni, USD Sustainability Club said.

Hattouni said she was encouraged by the number of people who came out to support the fair, as well as the number excited about participating in it.

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