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A school is more than just a building. It is the center of a very unique community, with teachers, parents, and students. Students are in a higher risk category for respiratory illnesses because their lungs are still developing and pollution from mobile sources can be harmful to their health.

Schools, including local colleges and universities, have an advantage in that they are places of learning. We can work together through the efforts of teachers, parents, students, and local community partners by participating in one or more of the following options that will help reduce mobile source emissions and improve air quality.

  • Carpooling/Vanpooling Parents and teachers can assist in organizing local carpools or vanpools for school and after school activities to help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.
  • Mass Transit - Many schools have buses or vans that take students back and forth to after school activities. Many larger college campuses offer bus or van service to their students and faculty.
  • Park and Ride Students and teachers can meet to carpool and share fuel costs while helping to reduce traffic congestion during peak traffic hours. The Park and Walk variation is a good option for families who want to walk to school but cannot walk the entire distance.
  • Walking/Biking - There are tools and programs available that help identify safe walking and biking routes as a healthy option to get to and from school.

For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.