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Residents asked to complete survey on environment, personal habits

Morris residents will soon receive a mailed survey asking about their views and practices regarding recycling, green housing, local foods and others issues that have an impact on the environment.

The survey will contain a self-addressed, stamped envelope. While the survey is rather long, test runs showed it will take about 10 minutes to complete, said Argie Manolis, Coordinator of the University of Minnesota, Morris' Service Learning program.

The survey is a partnership between the City of Morris, the Morris Area School District and its Service Learning program, and UMM.

"We want to see what future directions we should go to create a more sustainable community," Manolis said.

The idea for the survey was conceived during a Community Partners meeting on energy initiatives, said Cheryl Kuhn, Coordinator of the Morris Area Service Learning program.

Pareena Lawrence, an economics professor at UMM, annually has her data metrics students work on a project. A previous class created a survey about the Regional Fitness Center. The committee approach Lawrence about the environmental impact survey and the project was a go, Kuhn said.

The class put the survey together and revisions have been made to pare down the size of the final document. The survey will be mailed soon, Manolis said.

Lawrence's data metric students will analyze the returned surveys, and a Web site will be created to share the results. A final report also will be presented to the Morris Area School Board and the Morris City Council, she said.

Kuhn encouraged residents to take the time to complete and return the survey.

"On environmental issues affecting us, it will help us see what the community needs and what the community is willing to do," she said.