Frequently Asked Questions

While ECO2school has been working with students in Sonoma County for over 13 years, we know this might be your first time hearing about us.

Here are some frequently asked questions to help clarify who we are and what we do at ECO2school. If you do not find the answer to your questions, contact Amy Jolly at (707) 525-1665 ext. 119 or at [email protected].

Q: How do I pronounce ECO2school?

A: eco (as in eco-friendly) to school -- the CO2 seen in the name symbolizes Carbon Dioxide (C02) a greenhouse gas emitted when burning fossil fuels like gasoline and coal.

Q: What student grade range does the program work with?

A: While ECO2school is primarily a high school program, we have piloted our curriculum and programming at a middle school in 2012. We also work collaboratively with organizations like Sonoma County Safe Routes to School, which is a K-8 program.

Q: My high school is participating in the ECO2school Challenge and I want my friends/classmates and I to be on a team together. How do I register?

A: To create a team for the ECO2school Challenge, please go to the blue drop down box above and roll the cursor over the login/register choice on the far right. Scroll down to find your school's name and click on it. Fill out the email and password boxes on the left and click register. Check your email to continue the process and follow the steps the email instructs you to do.

Q: When is the ECO2school Challenge?

A: The ECO2school Challenge happens during the month of April. Each school has a different beginning and ending date. The Challenge lasts from two weeks to a month, depending on the participating campus. To find out when your school's challenge begins and ends, find your school in the blue drop down menu at the top of the page under login/register.

Q: What happens during the Challenge?

A: During the ECO2school Challenge, we work with a group of student leaders to organize and motivate you, your classmates, and your friends, to take part in our effort to reduce your school's greenhouse gas emission levels (commute carbon footprint) by chosing not to drive or be driven to school as much as possible.

Our goal is to shift the habit of getting to and from school away from one person in a car (or two if driven by someone else) to more environmentally healthy choices. Some ideas are to walk, ride a bike, skateboard, scooter, carpool, or take the bus. Feel free to be creative!

On the first day of the Challenge, teams are made. These teams are created differently, depending on the school. Check with your school's login/register page up at the blue drop down menu to find out what your school is doing to make teams. Once you have registered, you can start tracking your trips! Every time you decide to walk, bike, carpool, etc., you can log those trips and see how your action impacts your team and the environment. Every week during the Challenge, there will be raffle prizes given out during lunch. The more you use a green way to get to and from school, the more likely you will be to win a prize!

There will also be events taking place during this time, like community bike rides, assemblies, or rallies. Pay attention to the daily bulletin at your school to find out more.

At the end of the Challenge, the team with the most Green Miles accumulated and CO2 reduced will win a party!

Q: Why bike to school?

A: Biking to school can help reduce traffic in the community around your campus, is faster than walking, and has mutliple benefits:

-Reduces pounds of carbon emissions from being in our atmosphere, and means better air quality for Sonoma County- 60% of carbon emissions in Sonoma County comes from the student commute

-Keeps you moving! Burn calories and reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity

-Helps save you (or whoever drives you) save money. Why spend more on gas and maintenance than on fun items?

Q: I want to participate in my school's ECO2school Challenge, but I live too far to walk easily and I cannot afford to buy a bicycle. How can I participate?

A: ECO2school wants anyone who wants to participate in the Challenge to be able to do so! We would love to work with you to make this happen. We recommend that you try public transportation (city busses) or carpooling with a friend.

Another suggestion is to have the person who drops you off at school take you a mile or less away from school and walk the rest of the way. You will be reducing your carbon emissions by at least a mile and you can log those trips!

You can also check out local bike shops and build-a-bike programs listed below:

http://www.communitybikespetaluma.org

http://communitybikes.blogspot.com

Don't see your school in the drop down menu? Contact us at (707) 525 1665 ext. 119.

Students

Team up with your friends and be a part of the ECO2school challenge.

Become an ECO2school Leader

Teachers

Join with other High Schools in Sonoma County and be a part of this proven program to build an environmentally friendly school identity.

Be an ECO2school Teacher Champion

Competition

Sign up and earn prizes and medals for walking or riding your bike to school. 

Register for ECO2school today!