Year 4 students have been calculating the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our travel. They have surveyed students and worked out that on average students live between 2.5-3 kilometres from the school. They have worked out that travelling to and from school in an average car creates 0.182 kg of greenhouse gas emissions.
This means that we can now calculate how much greenhouse gas emissions on average a Hillcrest PS student avoids by Walking or Wheeling to school.
On our WOW day we did a snapshot survey of classrooms from PP to Year 6 and discovered that approximately a third of the school had walked or wheeled to school that day. That is equivalent to 140 students. We know that 54 of those students came on bikes or scooters because we counted them.
So we are estimating that students avoided 140 kg of greenhouse gas emissions from participating in WOW day. Now students are keen to come up with a technological solution to record how students travel to school each day, as they come through the school gate. Watch this space!
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