Survey Documents Student Commuting Patterns

Student commutes at seven local high schools generate 13 million pounds of greenhouse gas each year, Kid on Bike_optaccording to surveys conducted by students participating in the Climate Protection Campaign’s ECO2school program.

The survey is part of the year-long effort by students to encourage classmates to walk, bike, ride the bus, and carpool to school. ECO2school is training students to be leaders on climate protection, including changing commute patterns.

The portion of students getting to school in single passenger cars ranged from 45 percent at Casa Grande High to 59 percent at Analy High. Only 15 percent of students at the seven schools walk or bike to school and five percent ride the bus. The school with the lowest emissions per student is Healdsburg, where a third of students walk or bike to school. The highest emissions per student are at El Molino, where less than one percent of students walk or bike to school.

Now that the schools have established baseline data, students will conduct an educational campaign in April with incentives to change commute habits. They will then do another survey to measure the impact. Based on similar initiatives in previous years, we expect an emission reduction of about 20 percent from the program.

Barry Vesser
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  1. Alexander Templeton
    Alexander Templeton says:

    How does Monty compare to El Molino?

    Montgomery
    1737
    number
    of
    students
    Average
    distance
    per
    school:
    3.5
    miles
    60%
    of
    students
    living
    within
    a
    3-­‐mile
    radius
    of
    school
    Students
    drive
    to
    school
    87%
    of
    the
    time,
    85%
    of
    those
    students
    drive
    100%
    of
    the
    time.
    Students
    walk
    or
    bike
    to
    school
    9%
    of
    the
    time
    Students
    take
    the
    bus
    to
    school
    4%
    or
    the
    time.
    38%
    of
    driving
    trips
    are
    carpools
    with
    2.2
    students
    in
    the
    carpool.
    Average
    week
    for
    all
    students
    Gallons
    of
    gas:
    3,203
    Cost:
    $11,980
    Lbs.
    of
    CO2
    in
    a
    week:
    67,563

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