The competition is an action-oriented high school program designed to educate students about pollution reduction, help students create and implement sustainable transportation plans for their schools and introduce high schoolers to the broader context of community transportation planning. Students are judged based on the plans they develop to reduce impact of daily transportation behaviors on local air quality.
Specifically, Walton students set goals to increase bus ridership/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. You get an overview of their project by viewing their Get There Green video on YouTube.
“This was another competitive year for Get There Green. We had 20 schools from across Georgia participate and all of them put forth great effort,” said Gretchen Gigley, director of education at The Clean Air Campaign.