UMass Medical School marks Earth Day with green convention

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April 22, 2014, 6:38 pm
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(NECN: Ana Bottary) - The University of Massachusetts Medical School held its Earth Day celebration Tuesday, showing off new ways to go green.

"We really look forward to this day every year," said Melissa Lucas, the school's sustainability and energy manager. "It's our one chance where we really get the educate the campus."

Dozens of organizations attended UMass Earth Day. The Bodkin brothers are co-founders of Blue2Green, a company that recycles the blue plastic wrap sealing trays of surgical equipment to create sustainable products, such as ties, cufflinks and tote bags.

E.L. Harvey and Sons manage UMass Medical School's, as well as the hospital's, recycling effort. They were educating about what people can do at home as well as what they are doing in the UMass workplace.

From recycling inside the lobby to energy efficiency outside, Randy Bryan shows off his Toyota Prius, which he converted into an emergency power generator.

"we turn car power into house power," he said.

His product, the Converdant plug-out system, connects to the Prius to create a generator. It can keep house hold electronics or appliances going if an outage occurs.

This is the ninth Earth Day celebration for the university. They say people who attend really care about learning new ways to help the environment.

"Sustainability is really critical for our future generations, and it's something I'm personally driven by," said Lucas.

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