Thursday November 02, 2017
Students at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School (FHTMS) took part in advancing Vermont’s energy conservation goals by taking the Way to Go, D.O.T (Do One Thing) Challenge last month. After learning that approximately half of the fossil fuels in Vermont are used in transportation, students scrutinized their own commuting habits to school. Using Google maps, they calculated the number of miles they travel each week to school, what form of transportation they use, and what their weekly carbon dioxide emissions amounted to. After establishing this baseline, students made a plan to try to have a positive impact. A huge tally sheet in the school lobby tracked those arriving by single-rider car, school bus, carpool, or “non-engine” transportation, meaning “walk, bike, or roll.”
The result was a marked increase in traffic on the bike lanes and sidewalks leading to school. Students and many parent chaperones got in on the action, made that much more enjoyable by the warm fall weather. In the first week of the challenge, an average of 40 students used non-engine transportation, and in the second week, that number increased to an average of 68.
“I am so excited about our kid’s efforts to curb carbon pollution,” said seventh grade science teacher Lauren Bartlett, who served as the school coordinator for the Way to Go Challenge. “Some of my students have told me that while this challenge was a fun activity, they want to make a difference all the time.”
Bartlett has submitted the results of the school’s initiative to the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) which sponsors the Way to Go Challenge, and will have the opportunity to earn a solar tracker or a new bike rack. Way to go, FHTMS students!
SOURCE: Michelle Rosowsky, FHTMS PTO