- To interpret data from the transportation audit
- To evaluate needs arising from the audit data
- To provide realistic solutions to these needs
- To cooperate effectively as a group
- Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Citizenship
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- Transportation, Climate Change
Before completing your action plan, you should carry out a Transportation Audit.
Creating the Action Plan
1. Transportation Audit review
- Using the data from your audit, identify the opportunities to reduce the impacts of transportation at your school.
2. Group brainstorming
- In small groups, brainstorm solutions to transportation issues. Groups can be assigned specific issues to address. Alternatively, all groups can be assigned the same prominent issues to achieve a greater variety of interesting solutions.
- As a team, discuss and agree on the most effective solutions.
- Compile these solutions into a final action plan. See a sample transportation action plan (PDF), and access a blank action plan (Word document).
- Assign tasks to appropriate individuals within the team and across the school. Agree on realistic timeframes in which tasks should be completed.
3. Execution of tasks
- Set aside time for students to carry out the activities they have assigned themselves and to notify other staff and students of the responsibilities assigned to them.
- Provide training to staff and students on implementing the transportation campaign.
- Set up the school for success. For example, designate safe storage for bicycles, post "no idling" signs outside the school, and create a notice board to connect families that may want to carpool, walk, or bike to school together.
- Set a review date to revisit your action plan as a group. Analyze how far you have come and identify what else you can do.
- Schedule a follow-up transportation audit after a few months to measure the effectiveness of your scheme.
- Add a section on transportation to your school's website.
- In regular assemblies, share results, achievements and development plans for the future.
- Prepare a school notice board showing graphs of results and achievements.
- Involve the local press and radio to let everyone know about the school's transportation activities.
- Team up with another school in the area to share ideas.
- Have students develop a database with the help of spreadsheet software to record information, draw graphs and analyze the data.