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PPCC welcomes Sustainability Coordinator

March 30, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Kevin Johnson, 719-650-8221, kevin.johnson@ppcc.edu

Carol Salyers, 719-502-2019, carol.salyers@ppcc.edu

PPCC welcomes Sustainability Coordinator

Colorado Springs, Colo. – March 30, 2011 - LeeAnn Westfall has been hired as the first Sustainability Coordinator for Pikes Peak Community College. This position was voted on and funded by the student body of PPCC and Ms. Westfall is the first full-time employee focusing on sustainability issues in the Colorado Community College System.  

Westfall graduated from Cleveland State University (CSU) in Cleveland, Ohio with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and a concentration in Urban Planning. She was a founding member and coordinator of the CSU Sustainability Coalition, where she created and successfully implemented a collaborative program engaging administration, faculty, community members, and students in a campus-wide sustainability initiative. She was the co-founder and project coordinator of the Rooftop Garden at Cleveland State University. In doing so, she raised a substantial amount of money to fund the creation of the 7000 square foot garden that is now located on top of CSU's Recreation Center. To honor Westfall’s contribution to this community project,  Cleveland State University and the City of Cleveland named it “The Huber-Westfall Garden” through a Resolution of Recognition. Additionally, Westfall contributed to Cleveland State’s Energy Conservation program and worked with other members of the CSU community to develop a Farmer’s Market on campus which served many members of the downtown community.

When not working to improve the environmental impact of Pikes Peak Community College, LeeAnn enjoys rock climbing, camping, hiking, attending art exhibitions, enjoying live music and time spent with family. Her community involvement includes green roofing consulting, coaching soccer, volunteering with various non-profits, community gardens and health literacy.

Pikes Peak Community College, in its 40th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and three military educations centers in El Paso county, and more than 150 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 20,000 students annually. 

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