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Campaign to get kids walking,
biking to school to fight global warming

(Marin Independent Journal, January 10, 2010)

Advocates of a Marin campaign to get more kids walking and biking to school are expanding their initiative, fueled by a $175,000 grant to combat global warming.  The new Greenways to School campaign is set to launch later this month, piggy-backing off the successful Safe Routes to Schools program. 

“We want to find those green ways for students to get to school,” said Wendi Kallins, head of the Safe Routes program, who is putting together the Greenways campaign.  “That could be by bikes, walking, carpool or bus.” …more


Upfront: The weather Underground

(Pacific Sun, January 8, 2010)

When officials at the Marin Community Foundation announced a five-year, $10 million initiative aimed at sparking local efforts to combat climate change, they probably didn't expect a barrage of criticism over what they were not funding …more


Students Give Up Wheels for Their Own Two Feet

LECCO, Italy — each morning, about 450 students travel along 17 school bus routes to 10 elementary schools in this lakeside city at the southern tip of Lake Como.  There are zero school buses. 

In 2003, to confront the triple threats of childhood obesity, local traffic jams and — most important — a rise in global greenhouse gases abetted by car emissions, an environmental group here proposed a retro-radical concept: children should walk to school.

They set up a piedibus (literally foot-bus in Italian) — a bus route with a driver but no vehicle.  Each morning a mix of paid staff members and parental volunteers in fluorescent yellow vests lead lines of walking students along Lecco’s twisting streets to the schools’ gates, Pied Piper-style, stopping here and there as their flock expands … more  (New York Times, March 26, 2009)

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