The Importance and Impact of Recycling in Poudre School District

Hello and Welcome to my slide presentation.  My name is Jody Latimer, and I am student in a Master’s of Public Health program through Walden University.  My presentation is focusing on increasing recycling compliance in the Poudre School District (PSD), with a specific target audience as the staff members, and a secondary audience being the student population of PSD.  Stakeholders may include, but are not limited to the Poudre School District Board of Education, the District’s Utility Management Department, and the tax-payers of Larimer County, Colorado whom may be affected by the programs implementation at the Poudre School District.  APP9LatimerJ

Walden University

PUBH 6165-2

Instructor:  Rebecca Heick

Winter 2010


9 Responses

  1. Hi Jody –

    Could you please go back into your post and sign it for us include your name, course / section & professor name.


    Patricia Facquet, RN, MSPH, M.Ed,N, CCRC, PhD(c)
    Research Assistant to Drs. Thron & Morrell
    Walden University
    Program: PhD in PUBH Community Health Education & Promotion

  2. Thank you.

  3. Jody,

    Recycling is a conscious habit as you are aware and have eloquently said in you presentation. I believe that instilling good habits in our schools is the next step Fort Collins needs. We have a solid recycling program available and creating the habit of our citizens is the next task.

    The savings you quoted presently is small, but with greater compliance of the PSD faculty and students it will only increase.

    Thank you for addressing this matter and bringing it to the attention of the PSD community.

    Brock Bowles
    Fort Collins, CO

  4. Jody,

    Recycling is an ongoing challenge and there is always room for improvement. Ongoing communication and updates are very important. I hope to expand on our pilot program on composting in our schools as that has increased the awareness of getting closer to a Zero waste concept/goals of which recycling is a critical part. Thank you for your interest and efforts.

    John Holcombe
    Poudre School District

  5. Hi Jody,

    It is very important to have the facts about recycling, which you have done a very nice job of here. During my senior year in High School, a friend and I started an environmental club and initiated a recycling program throughout the school. We did have any solid information for the students or teachers to explain what benefits came from recycling, aside from “it’s good for the planet”. I found out several years after I graduated that the club had been dropped as well as the recycling program… I truly believe that if the students and some of the teachers had some better information they would have been more likely to continue with the program. I liked how you laid out the information in your presentation and found it effective for communicating important information about recycling.

    Chris Herron
    Fort Collins, CO

  6. Jody,

    I was amazed at some of your data…I’m ashamed that I make so much trash! Getting the word out about recycling at the school level makes perfect sense. Not only will the students pass their knowledge on at home, but the staff will likely become more proactive as well. Once recycling becomes routine we all benefit. This information has the potential to make big changes. Keep up the good work!

    P.S. I’m the creative type, so I want to tell you that I love the background you chose for your presentation. Very professional and creative yet not distracting.


  7. Nice presentation Jody:

    When I was growing up in grade school, I was really fortunate and had a really solid recycling program instilled at the school (it’s pretty surprising being from a small Midwestern town nonetheless). I know the reason it was successful was because of the teacher support. Our family began recycling diligently as a result.

    It’s difficult to engage people and make them really understand the benefits of recycling outside of the fact that it’s good for our environment. I think your presentation does a great job of exposing the economic benefits and other, “closer to home” topics some people need to hear to really be compelled to make changes in their own habits. Overall, a really great presentation, Good luck with your initiative.

  8. Jody,

    Very impressive presentation that certainly triggers thoughts about how to increase participation in recycling efforts in the schools. With increased student and staff awareness about recycling, increased action should follow as well. I know personally, I’m sickened when I see recyclables in the regular trash, and I’m compelled to dig them out and put them in their proper place.

    Thanks for the eye-opening statistics too – WOW!

    Kristi Carver

  9. A very interesting and poignant presentation. It’s encouraging to see an increase in recycling at PSD over the past few years. It appears that single stream recycling may be a major reason for this. I hope that this information increase participation in such an important program.

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