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Bike to School Week is May 30 to June 3!

Bike to School Week kicks off Bike Month on May 30th!

Communities that embrace active school travel help their kids lead healthier lifestyles and improve their school performance, while also reducing traffic and pollution and making school zones safer for vulnerable road users. Also, being able to bike to school with your friends is just plain fun!

Running May 30 to June 3, Bike to School Week invites students in Ontario to celebrate the joy and possibilities of riding a bike!

Schools in Ontario are encouraged to register for Bike to School Week using the online form. Registrants will receive resources and materials to help organize bike-friendly events in a school environment.

General resources for cycling with children and youth are also available on the Bike Month website.

Erica EmeryBike to School Week is May 30 to June 3!
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Spring into Spring

Educators can help their students start the Spring season off in a healthy and active way by participating in Spring into Spring and taking class outside!

Spring into Spring (SiS) is an annual celebration of the new season, encouraging participants to spend more time being active outdoors throughout the month of April.

Use Ophea’s Fitness Activity Bingo Sheet to lead your class through a series of exercises like hops, jumps, and skips.

Submit your BINGO sheet using the submission form. Submissions with a partially completed BINGO sheet (4 activities in a line vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) will be entered to win a hard copy version of Ophea’s 50 Fitness Activity Cards! Submissions with a completed BINGO sheet (16 activities) will be entered to win a $200 e-gift card to the Outdoor Learning Store! 

Check out the Ontario Active School Travel website to learn more and access additional resources.

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GENERATION GREEN WEBINAR: Active Transportation in Our Community

Imagine a community built for you, not around you.  

Transportation is one of the leading contributors of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in Halton and around the world. Reducing the burning of fossil fuels for transport will help reduce the rate of climate change and the severity of the impacts of climate change. That’s where YOU come in. 

Generation Green is hosting two webinars all about active transportation in our community!

December 9, 2021 Webinar:
Sustainable Transportation in HDSB Special Guests Suzanne Burwell and Fred Thibeault

Register on Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/GenGreenWinterWebinar

December 16, 2021 Webinar:
Municipal Active Transportation with Chris Clapham from the Town of Oakville

Register on Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/GenGreenWinterWebinar

We want to transform our cities to be walkable, safe, accessible, and sustainable for everybody. Let’s do it together and build a community for local climate action! Complete a project to get 20 community involvement hours go to climatecollective.ca/generation-green-2022 to learn more!

Let’s drive climate action, not cars! Show our community why we’re Generation Green!

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Help Promote Active School Travel at Your School!

Become a Generation Green Youth Stakeholder!

Join Generation Green as a youth stakeholder and help plan the 2021-22 conference, project and more. Youth stakeholders provide ideas, input, and feedback to create their vision for the program. Click here to sign up!

Students who join Generation Green will be asked to implement an initiative in their community that will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Students will receive volunteer hours and a Certificate of Completion, and will be eligible to win prizes. Students are also encouraged to align their initiatives with a school or science fair project. These projects will also look great on a resume or college/university application! 

This Year’s Theme is Active Transportation

The theme for the 2021-22 school year is Active Transportation, which is a big part of the climate change solution.

This is because active transportation:

  • gives us an opportunity to be physically active on a regular basis
  • is accessible to Canadians and increases community connections
  • reduces road congestion
  • contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • saves money on gas and parking

Click here to learn more about this year’s theme.

Generation Green is hosting multiple free active transportation webinars in December 2021!
Learn more here.

What is Generation Green?

Generation Green is a youth led initiative with the goal of engaging Halton students in climate action leadership, and supporting them in their commitment to greenhouse gas emission reductions in order to drive change and action in their communities.

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October is International Walk to School Month!

International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is an annual mass celebration of active transportation taking place around the world every October. Hundreds of Ontario schools participate in IWALK each year, with many holding their events on IWALK Day – Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Register your #Walktober #iWalk event for a chance to win prizes!

Register your #iWalk event through Ontario Active School Travel to be entered into draws for prizes, and receive a Certificate of Recognition.

You are also helping to demonstrate how the active school travel movement continues to grow across the province!

Share your #Walktober activities with us on Twitter!

@HaltonEMC        #iWalk        #Walktober        #Walk2School        #EMC

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