On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the SLWRP network met at StopWaste to learn more about transportation projects that students can organize to reduce the impacts of school related travel. The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
- 5:00-6:00 PM | Closing reception honoring the Ocean Guardian: In Our Backyard exhibit of student artwork from Walters Jr. High and Wood Middle School installed at StopWaste
- 6:00-6:10 | Welcome and Introductions- Rationale for including transportation projects as a part of SLWRP
- 6:10-6:20 | Transportation overview from Nora Cody, Director, Alameda County Safe Routes To School
- 6:20-6:45 | High School Resources overview from Alissa Kronovet, High School Coordinator, Alameda County Safe Routes to School
- 6:45-7:15 | Transportation Action Project introduction, EarthTeam program staff
With funding from the Metropolitan Transportation Commision (MTC), StopWaste worked with ACOE, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and the City of San Jose to develop the Green Star Schools platform.
Green Star Schools supports student engagement in addressing a range of real-life, local environmental challenges including: waste, transportation, energy, water, school yards and food. In Green Star Schools, students are introduced to an environmental topic, then audit the use of the environmental resource in their local context (How much waste does their class generate? How much water does the campus use? How many people drive to school? etc) Students then plan a service project to reduce the environmental impacts associated with these actions. After completing the project, students collect new data to assess and report their results.
MTC funding also allowed StopWaste to develop tools and resources in association with EarthTeam to support interested SLWRP schools in taking on Transportation Action Projects this school year.
A full version of the Green Star Schools website should launch this spring. A limited version of the site with some pre-loaded resources is available here: http://greenstarschools.org
Nora Cody, Director of Alameda County's Safe Routes to School program provided a brief introduction to the importance of transportation as it relates to environmental concerns.
Kronovet's presentation included a number of inspirational examples of actions that students across the county have taken in their attempt to reduce vehicle miles traveled to school.
EarthTeam presented an overview of the Transportation Action Project, highlighting key activities with hand-on demonstrations at our meeting.