Challenges

Smart Kids Go Green: innovative tools for

How long, in feet, is the path from home to school?

In Ferrara, parents as well as the Municipality ask for the reduction of cars in front of schools; focus is not only on traffic jams during peak-times, but on improving health and safety of children, supporting families in their daily need to pick students to school.
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Challenge description

As many other cities, Ferrara is searching for innovative mean to face the problem. In fact, while the city has the merit to be “the city of bicycles”, where almost one third of urban mobility is based on bikes, still need to face the problem of vehicular traffic, which causes approximately 29% of CO2 emissions on its territory. 

In particular, focusing on the use of cars for the home-school mobility, it has to be noted that still 70% of children are taken at school by car. Moreover, in the 50% of cases the school is not on the home-work journey of the parents.

Challenge vision

The CLIMB Ferrara project (co-funded by Climate KIC) wants to export and adapt the CLIMB solution, already used in Trentino, in the Municipality of Ferrara, scaling it in a different urban context (http://www.smartcommunitylab.it/climb/).

This innovative intervention focuses and acts on young generations to address these needs. Education is our best hope and most effective mean to cope with environmental sustainability challenges, since it can empower people with values, knowledge and skills to critically reflect, make informed decisions and act in a sustainable way.

Childhood is a privileged time for environmental education: it creates a new attitude of care, respect and sustainable life habits in future generations of citizens and establishes a reinforcement loop spreading the educational impact to their families and the communities they live in.

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