Carbondale’s Crystal River Elementary School beats out St. John in ‘green’ challenge |

Carbondale’s Crystal River Elementary School beats out St. John in ‘green’ challenge

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Crystal River Elementary School of Carbondale edged out Parachute’s St. John Elementary by less than 1 percent in the “Clean, Green, Healthy Transportation Challenge” held over three days in late April.

Students in 204 classes at 16 schools from Parachute to Carbondale biked, walked, carpooled or rode the bus to vie for the $2,000 grand prize in the contest sponsored by the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative (G-NECI).

CRES barely came out ahead of St. John in the point total, which was calculated by energy saved, calories burned and student enrollment.

The challenge took place April 27-29, and students were undeterred by a snowstorm that swept through the county on April 29.

At an awards ceremony Monday in Glenwood Springs, the Garfield County commissioners presented students from the two winning schools with cash prizes.

Crystal River plans to apply its $2,000 prize toward a larger playground project that combines environmental education and physical activities. St. John plans use its $500 second-place prize to buy a new bicycle rack and purchase playground equipment for special needs students.

In addition, the top three classes in each of the 16 schools won cash prizes of $50 for first place, $30 for second place and $25 for third place.

Prize money came from G-NECI, which organized the competition, and from community sponsors Alpine Bank, Clean Energy Economies for the Region, Glenwood Medical Associates and the Green Sprouts Foundation.

“By walking, biking, carpooling or riding the bus, students and their families will save energy and get more exercise,” said Cathy Tuttle, active transportation program director for CLEER and G-NECI. “We hope they will continue to use these other ways to get to school whenever possible.”

For a list of participating schools and results from the three-day competition, visit the Transportation link at

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