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Students Share Waste Reduction Successes with Local, State Leaders
This morning, Colorado First Gentleman Marlon Reis joined Longmont Mayor Brian Bagley in a tour of Eagle Crest Elementary School’s waste stream, in addition to a student-led presentation about waste reduction. Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones and State Representative Meg Froelich were also in attendance.
The event served as a celebration of America Recycles Day, as well as the culmination of Colorado Recycles Week. This afternoon, Reis will join Governor Jared Polis in signing a proclamation highlighting the statewide benefits of waste reduction.
“I learn the most from kids,” Reis said as the presentation wrapped up. “Your enthusiasm spreads to grown-ups much more easily than it does from other grown-ups.”
Eagle Crest is one of 15 Longmont schools that participate in Eco-Cycle’s Green Star Schools Program. With 10 years of the program under its belt, Eagle Crest is a leading example of waste reduction in every area. Students boasted that since implementing the program, up to two-thirds of waste from their school is kept out of the landfills.
The City of Longmont contributes $25,000 to the program annually, with the hopes of increasing to support new schools in the future.
“This program is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” said Cyndra Dietz, Eco-Cycle’s School Recycling and Environmental Education Program Director. “But it’s also the thing I’m most proud of.”