Education Program Fact Sheet

Children are the best motivators, holding the power of change in the palm of their hands. The Clean Air Campaign recognizes the power of instilling in young people a sense of responsibility and respect for their community. To harness that potential, The Clean Air Campaign offers a number of education programs and resources to not only educate the next generation, but to motivate change.

Clean Air Schools – In 2004, The Clean Air Campaign introduced Better Air Schools, an innovative and comprehensive education outreach program that engages the entire school community. Now known as Clean Air Schools, the program is offered each year to partner schools serving Kindergarten through 12th grade across Georgia. Partner schools receive free materials, giveaways and creative strategies to reduce vehicle traffic and improve air quality on school grounds. The comprehensive approach combines education with action-oriented projects that seek to reduce car rider traffic and provide everyone in the community with opportunities to be part of the solution—particularly empowering to students!

More than 300 schools representing 38 Georgia school districts have participated in the Clean Air School program.

Examples of programs include:

Clean Air Lesson Plans – Written to meet the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS), these lessons are designed to be creative, interactive and provide both students and educators with a comprehensive look at air quality. Lessons cover several subject areas including health, physical science, life science, earth science, social studies, language arts and chemistry. The lesson plans were created by The Clean Air Campaign and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, involving a collaboration of educators, environmentalists and health experts to ensure that they are scientifically accurate, highly engaging to students and practical for classroom application. Lesson plan are available for download here.

Clean Air Schools: Programs and Partnerships

The Clean Air Campaign offers several programs that seek to promote student leadership in developing solutions to reduce traffic and improve air quality. These programs have invited partnerships with a number of state and national organizations whose involvement has engaged an ever-wider audience of students.

Programs

         

OnAir is a social media platform targeting teens who care about clean air and related environmental causes. It facilitates a discussion and understanding of exactly how teen actions can impact the environment. OnAir also features a tool called “AirCreds” that enables teens to enter and track their clean air actions.

             
         

Get There Green promotes student leadership in developing real-world solutions to local air quality and transportation problems. It is an action-oriented high school program with three goals: 1.) to educate students about pollution reduction, 2.) to help students for create and implement sustainable transportation plans for their schools, and 3.) to introduce the broader context of community transportation planning.

             
         

Breathe Easy is a student-led initiative designed to help 4-8 grade students take the lead in improving air quality and creating healthier school environments. Using the Breathe Easy toolkit, students can launch a No Idling program, conduct an educational campaign and measure their program’s impact.

Partners

         

21st Century Leaders seeks to inspire the next generation of Georgia leaders by empowering high school students with essential business and community leadership skills through programs connecting a diverse group of enthusiastic peers and passionate professionals. 21st Century Leaders partners with the Clean Air Campaign to engage student leaders in the OnAir and Get There Green programs.

             
         

U.S. Green Building Council - Georgia is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation. USGBC - GA works in partnership with The Clean Air Campaign to promote the Breathe Easy toolkit to 4-8 grade students all over Georgia through their High Performance, Healthy Schools program.

             
         

The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta promotes Breathe Easy as part of their Cadette middle school program, establishing our toolkit as a resource for completion of the Scouts’ “Breathe” journey.

             
         

Green Ribbon Schools is a program established by the U.S. Department of Education to recognize schools that excel in health, efficiency and environmental education. The Clean Air Campaign served on a national committee to help develop the program’s nationwide standards and now partners with the Georgia Department of Education, the Office of the Lt. Governor, the U.S. Green Building Council of Georgia, Georgia EPD, and the Turner Foundation to select qualified applicants at the state level.

             
         

Earth Day Network partners with The Clean Air Campaign to help make No Idling materials and curriculum available to schools across the nation.