Walton High School in east Cobb has earned top accoloades for its efforts to increase carpooling.
The school won first place and captured first place in the 2014 Get There Green High School competition hosted by the Clean Air Campaign. More than 20 schools across Georgia participated, according to the nonprofit’s education director, Gretchen Gigley. Walton students set goals to increase bus ridership and carpooling and reduce idling. They accomplished this by surveying students and tracking behavior change. In addition, they offered raffle prizes for carpoolers and organized a carpool signup/matching station for students to find ride partners. A video of Walton’s project can be seen on YouTube by searching for “Walton High School Get There Green Submission.”