Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Downtown: On the Go! & Stadium High School Receive Grant for Student Bike Club

Downtown: On the Go! and Stadium High School have received a $4000 grant from the City of Tacoma's Office of Sustainability to create a student Bike Club that will engage youth in sustainable transportation options and healthy lifestyles.

The goal of the Club is to provide support to students already biking to school and encouragement and education for those students that would like to bike to school. SHS students biking on city streets and through neighborhoods sends a powerful message about bicycling as an important mode of transportation in Tacoma. More generally, the bike club is an effort to expose youth to sustainable transportation options and healthy lifestyle choices, with hopes of infusing these into Tacoma's youth culture.


In this round, the City of Tacoma’s Office of Sustainability has awarded more than $50,000 in grants to 17 schools and nonprofit organizations for projects that help the community reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The awards range from $800 to $5,000 and focus on projects related to food composting, school and community gardens, recycling, reducing energy consumption, efficient transportation and tree planting.

These awards, evaluated and chosen by the Sustainable Tacoma Commission, are the first sustainability grants awarded by the city. The grant program was established to encourage schools and nonprofit organizations to develop creative and educational ways to help Tacoma reach its Climate Action Plan goals. The Commission evaluated 37 applications with requests totaling more than $150,000 in funding.

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