Iowa hopes for increased participation in National Walk to School Day

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National Walk to School Day is next Wednesday, and schools across Iowa are encouraged to participate.

Last year, 72 schools participated in Iowa. People involved in the program hope that number increases to over 100 this year.

Back in 1969, 41 percent of students walked or biked to school. In 2001, that percentage was down to 13.

This is bad news for both children’s health, and the health of our environment.

Read more from The Gazette here.

Iowa school districts receive grants to reduce diesel emissions

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A total of $280,359 in grants will be awarded to seven Iowa school districts to reduce diesel emissions on school bus engines.

The funding will be provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Diesel Campaign.

The districts to receive the grants include: Albert City-Truesdale in Buena Vista County, East Union in Union County, North Iowa in Winnebago County, Rock Valley in Sioux County, West Harrison in Harrison County,  Westwood in Woodbury County, and Sibley-Ocheyedan in Osceola County.

For more information, read the full DNR news release.