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Sustain Floyd brings climate change to a personal level

Board member Woody Crenshaw tells a community member about the personal pledge program. (Photo: Annie Andersen)

FLOYD, Va. (WSET) -- When Syria signed the Paris Climate Accord, leaving the United States as the lone standout, Sustain Floyd decided they were going to take the matter into their own hands. Sustain Floyd is a non-profit working to help the environment in that area.

"Little small communities taking initiatives like this, we think is the sort of grass roots approach to the problem," said Woody Crenshaw, a board member for Sustain Floyd.

Because of that, Sustain Floyd came up with the idea of an individual pledge. Vice President Fred First explained, "It doesn't matter what level you're at, you can do something that reduces your carbon footprint, your energy footprint, your food waste, your recycling load."

By signing the free pledge, people promise to try to reduce their carbon footprint by 20% by 2020.

"Everybody can find something to do. We provide, with the pledge, we provide a front and back page instruction sheet, tip sheet, to tell you how you can change," First said.

Often, reducing by 20% is pretty easy.

Checking the air pressure and getting oil changes in vehicles will help with mileage and how much fuel is used.

Also, swapping a clothes dryer for a line helps. Crenshaw advises, "Every week, maybe one load gets dried not in the dryer."

Saying no to disposable grocery bags also makes a big difference. Crewnshaw explained, "We want to use reusable bags just because it's something we don't have to buy and throw away."

Another way to cut back, reducing the thermostat just a degree or two saves a lot, both in energy usage and money. That's true for switching out light bulbs as well.

Smiling Crenshaw said, "Frugality is something that feels good and I feel like I'm participating in a solution to something."

And he hopes those small changes will keep Floyd green for generations to come.

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