VT Mini Grants

VTrans is offering $500 grants to municipalities and K-12 schools to assist in building a statewide outreach and advocacy network for the Go! Vermont Program.
$500 grants available to schools!

Way to Go!

Way To Go! is now focused on getting K–12 schools on board to battle carbon pollution head-on. You’ll get the tools you need to motivate your students, staff, and teachers to bike, walk, carpool or ride the bus to victory!
Sign up for Way to Go!

Bike, Walk & Roll to School

Bike, Walk & Roll to School Day is fun for students, gets them outside and moving, plus it helps build good habits! And, it reduces vehicle exhaust and traffic around the school.
Check out our Bike, Walk & Roll to School Day toolkit (BELOW) to help you get started organizing this event at your school.

Bike, Walk & Roll to School Day Toolkit

Event Planning Timeline & Guide

Communication Templates

Sample Bike Route Map for Chaperones

Bike & Walk Safety Guide for Students

Smart Commute for Schools

Smart Commute helps Upper Valley schools improve the way students and staff travel to school. Our goal is to increase the number of students and staff who take the bus, walk, bike, or carpool to school and:

  • Promote sustainability within the school
  • Lower environmental impacts and conserve resources
  • Build good transportation and exercise habits
  • Save money
  • Minimize traffic in town and around the school

What is Smart Commute?

Smart Commute creates a tailored commuting program designed to meet the goals and interests of your school community. Starting with a short, online survey, we establish baseline data on commuting habits and then develop a sustainable commuting plan and work with you to implement it.

Project Deliverables

  • Sustainable Commuting Plan including:
    • Free strategies like internal promotions, walk-and-bike to school days, Way to Go! commuter challenge
    • Low-cost strategies like bike racks and bike repair kits at school
    • More ambitious, long-term options like infrastructure improvements
  • Tools to connect carpoolers
  • Annual surveys to track savings
  • Ways to engage students and parents

Is it Affordable?

Vital Communities offers Smart Commute at no cost thanks to the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, The High Meadows Fund, Canaday Family Foundation, Vermont Agency of Transportation, and our many member organizations and individual donors.

Contact us by email or call Bethany at 802.291.9100 x111 to get your school involved.

Participating Schools

Lebanon School District
Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Marion Cross Elementary School
Hartford Memorial Middle School
Ottauquechee School

Resources

VERMONT SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Learn how to enroll as a partner school and browse their downloadable toolkits, curriculum materials, and web-based seminars on the Program Resources page
NEW HAMPSHIRE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Learn how to enroll as a partner school and apply for startup grants
BIKE SKILLS AND LOANER PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS
Local Motion is a Vermont-based nonprofit that promotes people-powered transportation and recreation
DISCOUNT BIKE HELMETS FOR SCHOOLS
Schools are eligible to purchase discounted bike helmets from Safe Kids Vermont. Contact Krissy Keating at 802.847.2291 or by email
WALK AND BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY
National Center on Safe Routes to School’s page on how to organize bike and walk to school days
HOW TO ORGANIZE A BIKE-WALK EVENT
This resource from Massachusetts Safe Routes to School includes a walkability and bikeability checklist and other resources
GO! VERMONT
Vermont’s website to connect commuters with carpools, vanpools, transit information, and bike and walk information
FEDERAL SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
NATIONAL CENTER ON SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP

Success Stories

Calendar

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  • Upper Valley Local Food Matchmaker
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Vital Communities Program News

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Staff

Ana Mejia

Climate Projects Coordinator

Transportation, Energy

 802-291-9100 x114

Transportation, Energy

— Ana Mejia, Climate Projects Coordinator

Ana Mejia is the Climate Projects Coordinator at Vital Communities. She is a Southern California native and first arrived to the Upper Valley in 2018. Ana received her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she wrote her thesis on solar home affordability and energy efficiency programs for low income families. When she is not actively working towards creating sustainable communities, Ana enjoys swimming, cross-country skiing, birding, and trying out new dessert recipes with her KitchenAid mixer.



Bethany Fleishman

Transportation Program Manager

Transportation

 802-291-9100 x111

Transportation

— Bethany Fleishman, Transportation Program Manager

Bethany Fleishman was born at the old Mary Hitchcock hospital in Hanover, N.H., grew up in West Hartford, Vt., and now lives in Hartford Village, where she can see the White River and the trains from her window. She has a biology degree from St. Lawrence University and has worked in public health outreach, as a line cook in San Francisco, a pastry chef in Hanover, and as a member of the Town of Hartford Selectboard. She serves on the board of directors for both Advance Transit and Upper Valley CarShare and is a lifelong bike commuter.



Planning Timeline & Toolkit