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Green-Schools Travel

Green-Schools Travel
School / organization: An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland
Country: Other Country
5A Swift’s Alley, Francis Street,
8 Dublin, IRELAND
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Contact Person: Jane Hackett
Contact phone: 0035314002214
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Keywords: car-dependency walk-to-school Green-Schools
Age of pupils: 10-18
Learning aims: The aim of Green-Schools Travel is to encourage schools to promote sustainable modes of transport to and from school. Put simply, Green-Schools Travel aims to encourage students and parents to walk, cycle, use public transport or car pool instead of using the private car on the school run. As a consequence of reducing the number of private cars on the school run, Green-Schools hopes schools improve safety on the school
journey, increase the health and fitness of the student body and further reduce their environmental impacts.

Short description: Green-Schools focuses on empowering students, teachers and parents to take action and play a part in decision making through the structure of a Green-Schools Committee. In this way schools will decide the most appropriate way to reduce their car dependency over the two year period. To date schools have chosen to run a number of initiatives and competitions which have worked successfully internationally. The most popular idea is Walk On Wednesday (WOW) which is a UK campaign aimed at promoting walking to school once a week.
Schools have also successfully organised a number of walking buses, Golden Boot Awards, Green Tree schemes, travel surveys and mapping exercises to promote car pooling. Seven schools have also successfully
applied for funding for cycle parking due to an increased need for parking as a result of the pilot programme.

Reflection: The benefits of the project may potentially be:
• a safer school environment
• an accessible and inclusive school
• less congestion in front of the school
• less traffic in the local community
• less pollution
• fitter and healthier pupils
• independent pupils
• less use of non-renewable resources
• support for local bus networks
• support for cycle routes and pedestrian routes
• a safer, quieter, more pedestrian friendly local environment

Date added: 2009-10-11 13:27:31    Hits: 212
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