Air quality and transport

The following resources are aimed at helping preschools and schools learn about air quality and transport issues, their links, the impact they make on us locally and globally, and actions that people can take.

Investigating air quality

This section demonstrates the process for students to learn about, explore and audit air quality in the school environment, encouraging students to investigate, plan and take action.

1. Learn about the relationship between air quality and climate change

Use an inquiry approach to look at air quality as a theme within sustainability, and how air quality relates to the wider issue of climate change.

  • What is air quality?
  • What affects air quality?
  • Air quality in South Australia.
  • What impact does air quality have on flora and fauna?
  • How does air quality relate to climate change?

2. Explore and learn about air quality in your school and local community

Use an inquiry approach to look into how your community can affect air quality.

  • Sources and behaviours that decrease air quality.
  • Sources and behaviours that increase air quality.

3. Use environmental assessment tools to document air quality at your school

An air quality audit will identify contributions to the quality of air and how human behaviours impact on the environment. Students can use the data to investigate issues, compare contributions to quality and plan for more sustainable living in the school and local community.

4. Plan next steps using the Site Environment Management Plan (SEMP)

  • Use the SEMP to document auditing results and plan priority actions and next steps

5. Take action

Use your SEMP action plan to put air quality improvement initiatives into practice. Develop partnerships to get the whole site community on board.

6. Reflect, celebrate and review

Acknowledge your milestones in achieving targets that improve air quality.

  • Get together and think about the actions you have taken to improve air quality
  • Monitor and compare quality of air
  • Document actions and goals achieved in your SEMP
  • Communicate and celebrate your achievements
  • Think about how these actions can be established for long term environmental benefits
  • What are your next steps?

 

Investigating transport

This section demonstrates the process for students to learn about, explore and audit transport patterns in the school community, encouraging students to investigate, plan and take action.

1. Learn about the relationship between transport and climate change

Use an inquiry approach to look at transport as a theme within sustainability, and how transport relates to the wider issue of climate change.

2. Explore and learn about transport use at your school and local community

Use an inquiry approach to look into how your community uses transport.

  • Daily transport use.
  • What are the impacts of different modes of transport?
  • How does/could your community incorporate sustainable transport?

3. Use environmental assessment tools to document how transport is used in your site community

A transport audit will identify transport patterns and human impacts on the environment. Students can use the data to investigate issues, compare impacts and use of modes of transport and plan for more sustainable living in the school and local community.

4. Plan next steps using the Site Environment Management Plan (SEMP)

  • Use the SEMP to document auditing results and plan priority actions and next steps

5. Take action

Use your SEMP action plan to put efficient transport initiatives into practice. Develop partnerships to get the whole site community on board.

6. Reflect, celebrate and review

Acknowledge your milestones in achieving targets that demonstrate more sustainable transport patterns.

  • Get together and think about the actions you have taken to alter transport patterns.
  • Monitor and compare transport patterns
  • Document actions and goals achieved in your SEMP
  • Communicate and celebrate your achievements
  • Think about how these actions can be established for long term environmental benefits
  • What are your next steps?

 

Resources

Units of work

Activities

Websites

 

Case studies

Be inspired by how other early learning sites and schools are taking action towards sustainability.


Related links

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges