CSU–Pueblo PLP scholars to present survey results to City Council

Members of the President’s Leadership Program (PLP) at Colorado State University – Pueblo will present the results of a survey on recycling and make recommendations to Pueblo City Council based on those results as part of a work session today (Monday, Dec. 17) at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 1 City Hall Place. The survey was part of a capstone project on environmentalism this fall by the junior class, which also included creation of a board game to educate elementary school children about various ways to conserve resources.

Twelve juniors in the PLP program at CSU-Pueblo immersed themselves in learning about a variety of environmental issues and how individuals can make a difference in reducing their carbon “footprints” on a daily basis.

In partnership with the Pueblo City-County Health Department, the students surveyed 500 Pueblo residents electronically to determine household solid waste disposal methods, opinions about required trash service and fees for curbside recycling, as well as the level of recycling currently occurring in Pueblo County. Survey results showed that most respondents are concerned about recycling in Pueblo with nearly 30 percent already participating in some form of recycling. The majority of respondents also want to participate in sustainability practices with more than 60 percent indicating they would be willing to pay a small fee for recycling. Most of the respondents felt they needed more information both about recycling and sustainability practices and resources within the community. However, the survey respondents were clear that convenience and accessibility were essential to their involvement in such efforts.

The PLP Students will share their project with attendees at the Jan. 31 Focus the Nation event in the OUC Ballroom. Focus the Nation is a national effort through campuses across the country to educate others about global warming. The day-long event on the CSU-Pueblo campus will feature workshops, panels, booths by area environmental organizations, and a film. The students also will share their environmental board game with visitors to the Buell Children’s Museum at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., on Feb. 23.

The students responsible for the project and their hometowns are:
Recycling Group: Nick Falletta, Pueblo; Shanna Farmer, Pueblo; Matthew Haslar, Monte Vista; Justin Hockenberry, Englewood; Elizabeth Lyons, Pueblo; Hollie Vigil, Pueblo.
Sustainable Education Group: Andrew Magalong, Colorado Springs; Anthony Goodsell, Pueblo West; Vanessa Voltz, Fountain; RaeAnn Gulley, Pueblo West; Jessica Sanchez, Pueblo; and Heather Owens, Fountain.

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