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Clean Green School, Happy Healthy Kids

To counter this problem, the New Jersey Environmental Federation and the NJ Pediatric Coalition are urging individuals, schools and municipalities to take the "Idle Free Zones" pledge to help improve air quality, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The NJ Pediatric Coalition awards schools that meet certain criteria, including signing No-Idling Pledges. The DEP’s No-Idling Pledge can be used to get commitments to turn off engines in order to provide a healthier environment. For more information on NJDEP's No-Idling campaign, visit For free posters, brochures and signs about idling, visit, http://www.clean

-new-jersey-materials. If your school is interested in joining the 104 schools in New Jersey that have received an NJPAC award, visit


Sustainable Future

In order to be truly sustainable, school transportation programs must focus on moving people rather than moving vehicles. The healthiest and most sustainable modes of transportation are walking and cycling. School sustainable transportation programs must address traffic safety, travel speed, air quality, and security concerns that discourage children from walking and cycling. A sustainable transportation program in which walking and bicycling play a much greater role will have

immediate benefits for student health as well as the social, ecological and economic health of our communities.


Issue Areas to Consider When Creating a Sustainable School


1) schools and their campus as a

total learning environment

2) the curriculum

3) extra-curricular activities, community service and outreach

4) professional development

5) constructing, renovating and retrofitting facilities

6) institutional purchasing practices

7) transportation

8) parental and community involvement


From the Sustainable Schools Network


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