St. Roch Environmental Knowledge Survey

St. Roch Environmental Knowledge and Needs Survey: Final Report
Submitted by Professor Scott Frickel, Environmental Sociology Students, Tulane University

StRochSurveyReport_the greenProject_envAware.PDF

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The 2007 report St. Roch Environmental Knowledge and Needs Survey is the result of a collaborative effort from Tulane University’s Center for Public Service and the non-profit the Green Project.   The goal of the study was to gain a better understand about the relationship between the residents of St. Roch and the built environment so that the Green Project could develop an effective outreach programs for the community.  The study will provide an important foundation for the development of the kinesthetic learning experience embedded in the proposed infrastructural retrofits.

“. . . the findings of this survey point to a continued pressing need for deeper community engagement form environmental organizations in New Orleans and highlight the importance of community-based social science in generating knowledge from the ground up.”  Scott Frickel Sociology Professor

Key findings

  • 47.7% of the respondents had little or no knowledge about climate change (global warming in study)
  • 66.7% of the respondents had little or no knowledge about soil toxicity.
  • 51.7%% of the respondents had little or no knowledge about  lead hazards.
  • 66.7% of the respondents (that answered the question) bought soil from the store.
  • 40% of the respondents had little or no knowledge about debris management.
  • 48.7 % of the respondents had little or no knowledge about  air quality.
  • 80 % of the residents do not garden.  Therefore the study concluded that little food is being grown in St. Roch.
  • 18.2% of the respondents answered that the main reason they did not recycling prior to Katrina was a lack of pick up in the neighborhood.
  • 76% of the respondents drink from bottled water from the store.
  • 25% of the respondents drink from the tap.
  • 74% of the respondents use cars as their main mode of transportation
  • 14.6% of the respondents use buses as their main mode of transportation
  • 50% of the respondents own a computer

The survey did not have any questions about water management awareness.

Green Project has a warehouse on Marais St.  (2831 MARAIS ST. NEW ORLEANS, LA 70117)

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