NEW EPA STUDY FINDS LINKS BETWEEN SCHOOL SITING AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Here is a quote from the study, which you can find online:
"This study is the first to empirically examine the relationship between
school location, the built environment around schools, mode choices for
trips to school, and air emissions impacts of those choices. It finds that:
- 1. School proximity to students matters. Students with shorter walk and
bike times to or from school are more likely to walk and bike.
- 2. The built environment influences travel choices. Students traveling
through higher-quality environments are more likely to bicycle and walk.
- 3. Because of travel behavior differences, school location has an impact
on air emissions. Centrally located schools that can be reached by walking
and bicycling reduce air pollution.
The results suggest that actions to improve students ’ walking
environments, and to support communities
that wish to locate schools in neighborhoods, will result in increases in
student walking and biking to
school . " Please learn about VFOS efforts to build healthy environments
for and with kids, including walkable schools.
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