In 1995, the Auburn School District linked concerns about the high cost of transportation and increased childhood obesity to create cooperation that has led to 20 percent of its district's students walking to school.
The community of Montpelier, VT, is promoting a different "Way To Go."
Sherwood Forest Elementary School in Winston-Salem, NC, is making strides in its efforts to encourage safe walking to school thanks to strong parent involvement, collaboration with the City of Winston-Salem and donations from local businesses.
The Texas Department of Transportation has developed a variety of materials and lesson plans that cover air quality and transportation. There are activities for grades K-12 that incorporate air pollution, climate change, and transportation into science, math, social studies and language arts classes.
These environmental lesson plans include games, activities, experiments, and stories to teach students in grades K-8 about personal choices (with a focus on transportation) and energy use.
Lessons, Grades 1-2
Lessons, Grades 5-8
Created by the Connecticut Department of Transportation in association with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, Planet Connecticut features six science-based lesson plans for grades 6-8. These lessons build on one another while introducing the links between greenhouse gas emissions, global climate change, and transportation mode choices.