Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting Kevin M. Nelson, AICP US EPA Smart Growth Program. American Public Health Association Washington, DC November 9, 2004. What’s the connection?. Communities are evaluating their growth patterns and educational investments.
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Travel and Environmental Implications of School SitingKevin M. Nelson, AICPUS EPA Smart Growth Program
November 9, 2004
What did we have a
generation or two ago?
What do we have now?
Lots of congestion and space used for parking!
South Carolina Coastal Conservation League
School location and design DO affect the environment
Schools built close to students, in walkable neighborhoods
Can reduce traffic
Yield 13% increase in walking and biking
Reduce emissions 15%
Need more work on this!
… AND …
Feasibility studies of new vs renovation
EPA commissioned Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI) to do a study on state policies.
27 states have some minimum acreage requirement.
Let’s do the math for“Anyburb Senior High”
35 acres + 15 =
A minimum site size of 50 acres
elementary = 10 acres
middle = 20 acres
high = 35 acres
plus another acre for every 100 students
Have YOU seen a 50-acre walkable school and schoolyard?
"Creating more neighborhood schools is one of the most important avenues for advancing quality of life in South Carolina. It makes sense from a learning standpoint, an economic standpoint and it makes sense if you want to have schools that are part of a community's fabric as opposed to part of its sprawl.“
- South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (R), July 16, 2003