Vermont Business Magazine Way to Go! organizers, state officials including Secretaries Holcombe and Moore, and VTrans Planning and Policy Director, Michele Boomhower, honored the top performing schools at a special ceremony in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont Statehouse on December 6th to celebrate and congratulate the winners of this year's Way to Go! School Challenge.
About 9,000 students, faculty and staff participated in this year's Way to Go! School Challenge from 48 schools across the state. That's a 23% increase in school participation from 2016! This year, 38 of the participating schools met the 50% participation criteria to be eligible to win the big prize--an AllEarth Renewables Solar Tracker--and Hartland Elementary was the big winner!
"Hartland Elementary School is extremely excited to be the winner of the Way to Go! School Challenge. We look forward to the solar tracker and being able to teach our students about the role solar energy can play in creating a more sustainable community,” said Principal, Christine Bourne. David Blittersdorf, President and CEO of AllEarth Renewables, shared in the sentiment. “We're happy to be able to award our solar tracker to a school that has demonstrated its commitment to and awareness of energy use around transportation -- which can be significant in our mostly rural state. Encouraging teachers and students to choose more efficient transportation options is a great first step to life-long change. My hope is that everyone continues to carpool, walk, bike, and take the bus as often as they can, to grow the transition to cleaner, affordable and more reliable public transit”.
The 2017 Way to Go! School Challenge Award Winners included: Super Carbon Cutter Award/ AllEarth Renewables Solar Tracker to Hartland Elementary; Super Carbon Cutter Award/Bike Racks to Twinfield US #33; Carbon Cup to Isle La Motte Elementary; Carbon Cutting Leader for Best Participation in a Rural Area to Isle La Motte Elementary; Carbon Cutting Leader for Best Participation in a City Area to Northwest Primary School; Carbon Cutting Leader for Highest Percentage on Bus to Concord Grade/Middle School; Carbon Cutting Leader for Highest Participation Walking, Biking & Rolling to Isle La Motte Elementary; Carbon Cutting Leader for Best Photo or Video to Frederick H Tuttle Middle School; Carbon Cutting Leader for 2nd Highest Participation Overall to Essex Elementary School; Carbon Cutting Leader for Strong Leadership to Mary Hogan School.
Many schools went above and beyond in their efforts to drive participation and reduce carbon pollution this year.
Designed to encourage a culture of shared mobility, the Way to Go! School Challenge seeks to get people moving, support cleaner air and reduce fossil fuel consumption. For a complete list of all of this year's Way to Go! School Challenge winners, visit waytogovt.org.