Many schools in Alberta are challenged with vehicle congestion and idling around school drop-off and pick-up points. A student-leadership group at Captain Nichola Goddard School found a solution to this environmental and safety risk. The Green Commuting Hubs program invites students to meet in various established hubs and, accompanied by a Grade 9 hub leader, walk to school together. The initiative improves air quality and reduces the school’s eco-footprint, while benefiting student health, fitness and mental alertness. From its inaugural year in 2012 to present, the project has enrolled almost 300 students and has evolved to include individual green-commuter, Hub commuting and Drop-Zone components. The Green Commuting Hubs project aims to engage students and the broader community in more eco-friendly commuting habits.
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