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Capital LEAF (Leaders in Environmental Actions for our Future) Transportation Resources

Transportation choices have a great effect on the environment and human health. In Washington, DC students use various forms of transportation to get to and from school; most students walk or use public transportation, others use private vehicles or bicycles. Anti-idling policies for vehicles decrease air pollution, and the Safe Passage initiative and School Safety program are targeted to ensure students get to and from school in a safe and timely manner.

Performing a transportation audit can help schools identify the transportation choices students and teachers are making and, identify strategies and resources that can be brought to bear to make students’ travel to and from school safe and timely while helping to develop healthy and green alternatives. The relationships between neighborhoods, air quality, commuter safety, and health all play a role in understanding how transportation is intricately connected to the urban environment.

Lesson Plans: Consider utilizing one or more of the following curricula resources to teach about transportation.

Multiple Grades

Elementary School

Middle and High School

Student Audits and Actions: Consider utilizing one or more of the following resources to encourage student action on transportation at your school.

Celebratory Events: Consider bringing awareness to your school’s transportation initiatives by celebrating these national/international awareness days at your school.

Teacher Resources: Consider taking advantage of the following resources to address transportation at your school.

Contacts: Consider reaching out to the following contacts for transportation initiatives.

Capital LEAF Links: