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March 2013 SLWRP Network Meeting Notes- Transportation


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.

Agenda:


Welcome and Introductions

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


Transportation Overview

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. 


High School Resources

Alissa Kronovet, Alameda County Safe Routes to School High School Coordinator provided an overview of services, programs and other resources available to schools in Alameda County. Safe Routes to Schools provides in-depth support to a limited number of schools and is recruiting new schools for next school year. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Contact Alissa for more information.

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.


Transportation Action Projects

For schools interested in taking immediate action in the spring of 2013, EarthTeam is available to work with you and your students. Building on EarthTeam's successful Waste Action Project, they have developed a Transportation Action Project to help students collect and analyze classroom data regarding modes of transportation and vehicle miles traveled to and from school. EarthTeam will also work with students to design and implement action projects to reduce transportation related environmental impacts.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">Contact Jose Luis at EarthTeam for more information, or click here to read more about the program

EarthTeam presented an overview of the Transportation Action Project, highlighting key activities with hand-on demonstrations at our meeting.