Wake up, ladies and gentlemen! Next week isn’t just any week. It’s the first full week of March, the week of National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day (March 6th) and, most importantly, Clean Commute Week! That’s right, a whole week dedicated to saving our air!
If you’ve been following our blog and are inspired to make changes, March 5th-9th is the perfect time to find clean ways to get to school and work. Throughout the week, schools across the state will highlight four clean modes of transportation: bus riding, biking, walking and carpooling.
I know what you’re thinking: This sounds cool. How can I get involved?
Walk or bike to school. Georgia Walk to School Day is March 7th, conveniently right after National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day. (Coincidence? We think not.) If you haven’t mapped out a walking route to your school yet, today’s the day. Remember to consider pedestrian and bicycle safety rules, and make sure to plan ahead to make it to class on time!
Organize a carpool. Driving to school with friends has multiple benefits: You save gas money, reduce air pollution and have an excuse to grab coffee in your reusable mug on the way.
Ride the bus. If you’ve already started driving, the last option on your mind may be riding the bus again to school. But consider this: According to publictransportation.org, public transportation saves 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is the same amount of emissions from electricity use in every household in Washington, DC; New York City; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles– combined! Did you have any idea that riding the bus could make such a difference?
Volunteer at your local elementary or middle school’s Clean Commute Week. Offer to map out safe walking routes for children living in surrounding neighborhoods, or develop a fun fact sheet about air pollution that teachers can pass out.
Last, but certainly not least, get your friends involved! No matter how you choose to celebrate Clean Commute Week, you’ll have more fun and make a bigger impact when other people join you.
What are your ideas for clean commuting? Let us know how you plan to celebrate the week!