COPPERAS COVE — Hundreds of Copperas Cove residents made pledges to save Mother Earth on Saturday and guarantee natural resources for future generations.

For the fourth year, Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful’s Eco Harvest offered workshops, including how to make your home more energy efficient to recycling cooking oil into bio-fuel, along with a variety of booths manned by sustainable living experts.

“We wanted to give people the chance to learn about things that maybe they haven’t done yet. Whether they want to learn about composting or recycling paper, we’ve got people here who can answer their questions,” said Silvia Rhoads, KCCB director. “Our planet is all about ‘going green.’ We’ve all heard the words. We want people to practice it.”

Corinne Fleeman got her questions answered about recycling a computer hard drive. Fleeman lives in Copperas Cove but works at Fort Hood. She was told where to dispose of it on post. She already takes her glass to Fort Hood for recycling and will now take her hard drive.

“Everyone in the region is working toward the goal of Net Zero Waste 2020,” said Christine Luciano, the environmental outreach coordinator for Fort Hood. “We support Copperas Cove with its recycling efforts by going beyond our borders to reach (soldiers and families) who live here.”

Fort Hood was one of six installations chosen by the Army to test the feasibility of the entire military branch going zero-waste by 2050. Luciano said all the military post’s recycling services are available to anyone who has access to the installation.

Eco Harvest attendees were asked to write a pledge to do at least one thing to live more sustainably over the next year. Five-year-old Haylee Spicer, who attends Fairview Miss Jewel Elementary School, did not know how to write her pledge, but she knew what she wanted to do.

“Not make as many messes (that have to be cleaned up) and turn off the faucet when I brush my teeth,” she said.

The Spicer family already collects water in pitchers when waiting for the water temperature to go from cold to hot. The collected water is then used to water Haylee’s plants.

“It’s a lifestyle thing. She needs to form habits now so she is used to it,” said Autumn Spicer, Haylee’s mother. “We don’t have a lot of problems now (with our natural resources). But, this will help protect them for the future.”

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