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Way to Go! Awards and Green Mobility Party

June 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Statehouse on State Street, Montpelier, VT

Celebrating and Recognizing Green Mobility: Way to Go! encourages everyone to make more efficient travel choices

More Vermont K-12 schools than ever are participating in the statewide Way to Go! program encouraging active, healthful and safer transportation to school. On June 5, 2019, we’ll celebrate their year-long activities including walking school buses, bike rodeos, ridesharing, bus riding, school travel plans and more.

Grab a bag lunch and join school groups, innovative Vermont businesses, state officials and non-profit representatives on the statehouse lawn. Exhibits will open at 10:00 am and the awards ceremony with dignitaries and winning school groups will take place at 11:30 am in the statehouse chamber. Solar, electric-assist bicycle demonstrations and youth interactive activities will continue from noon to 2:00 p.m. Experience the party celebrating the thousands of Vermonters choosing safe, efficient, and locally-powered transportation options. We invite all participating schools and others interested in battling carbon pollution to join us!

Way to Go! is made possible by Safe Routes to School and Way to Go! organizers, school coordinators, principals, teachers and volunteers who all share a vision of schools and communities becoming safer places to commute green. All year, schools have been battling the growing carbon pollution problem by demonstrating how active and sustainable transportation habits really add up to hundreds of thousands of pounds of greenhouse gas emission savings!

Each year Way to Go! recognizes top performing schools for their continued action to practice green transportation. This year, seventy-four schools competed for the Carbon Cup and the Carbon Leader awards. Several lucky schools will win an awesome prize, including an AllEarth PowerFlower, Darn Tough socks, QOR 360 active chairs, bike racks, and more, all made possible by program sponsors.

Activities will demonstrate the connection between solar and clean transportation, highlight how schools are advancing low cost projects for safer streets, with opportunities to try electric bikes and buses (invited) and other human-powered options. We share a vision to make great places to live, learn, work and play. Sponsored by waytogovt.org. Event is free and open to the public, 10 am-2 pm.

10:00 a.m. Exhibits open

11:30 a.m. School Awards Ceremony (Statehouse House Chamber)

12:00 p.m. Activities on the Statehouse Lawn

  • Way to Go! group photo (everyone welcome!)
  • Kids mobility poster party
  • e-Bike Demo – Take a spin!
  • Climb aboard Vermont’s first battery-powered eBus (invited)
  • Making the solar connection – AllEarth PowerFlower
  • Active learning with active sitting–QOR360 chairs
  • Network and learn how Vermont is leading the way to a sustainable transportation system
  • Free snacks! (or bring a bag lunch to enjoy outside)

It’s never too late to get started, check out Way to Go! School Challenge. Sign-up. It’s easy and fun. Did you know that May is the Vermont Bike Walk Challenge? Get active, learn more here and use Go! Vermont’s free resources including the Green Rewards Program at Go! Vermont.

Way to Go! is thankful to the hundreds of volunteer organizers, teachers, and parents and many sponsors, Vermont Agency of Transportation and Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, and supported by a broad network of statewide entities, NGO’s and business partners including Local Motion, VEEP, Department of Health, Net Zero Vermont and Place Creative, and many others. Together we’re leveraging resources, sharing experiences through the growing network of educators, volunteers, and wellness coordinators all working together for safer, neighborhood and community connections. The results are thousands more kids and adults are walking, biking, riding the bus and carpooling, as opposed to making single car trips.

Referenced Links

Learn more about the program www.waytogovt.org

May is Vermont Bike Walk Challenge Month bit.ly/bike-walk-challenge

Go! Vermont www.connectingcommuters.org/ or call 800.685.RIDE (7433)

For questions, contact Deb Sachs at deb@netzerovt.org, (802)-238-9807 or visit www.waytogovt.org.

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