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Let's tackle the school commute!

Did you know that the way staff and pupils get to school is one of the biggest ways that your school impacts the climate?  Over the past few decades, more and more children are travelling to school by car and, with 1 in 4 cars during the morning peak rush taking children to school, you can probably see the difference a school holiday makes to your town's traffic.

Energy Sparks schools are working hard to reduce their environmental impact by cutting energy consumption. Now we're encouraging you and your Eco Teams to tackle transportation head-on with our Count Your Commute Challenge.

Our child-friendly transport survey app will calculate the exact amount of commute carbon emissions.  The app, found on both adult and pupil dashboards, is a simple-to-use survey tool to log the commute details for pupils and staff. No more asking for hands and making tallies - you can easily survey the whole class in a few minutes. 

The survey gives each respondent their own carbon score for their journey and summarises the results for that day, as well as making a meaningful comparison to another carbon emitting activity.

Informed with the survey's responses your Eco Club can use our Cut Out the High Carbon Commute programme to encourage the whole school community to think more carefully about how they're travelling to school.
The Challenge!
We're challenging you to find out how much carbon your usual commute generates and then cut that by 10%

How you respond to the challenge is up to you - you might want to run an assembly and send letters home.  Or you could run a one day or one week event, like our featured school below.   Or even take action over the course of a term, running information events, competitions and more.

We'd really love to see what you get up to.  Send us photos and information about what your pupils plan, including your survey readings at the start and the end of the challenge, so that we can celebrate your work in our newsletter and Twitter feeds. 
Featured school - Sunnyside Spencer Academy
Our featured school this week has already used our survey to reduce their high carbon commute.  Eco Council pupils at Sunnyside Spencer Academy learned about the impact that transportation has on the environment and decided to hold a walk to school week.

Maybe you'd like to use some of their great event ideas at your school?

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