Every October, when the leaves start to turn and the air is crisp and it's glorious to be outside, Fenn holds a Manpower Month. The goal of Manpower Month is to replace trips normally driven by car with miles that are walked, biked, skated, or paddled. We don’t always have to burn fossil fuels to get where we need to go. For every mile it travels, the average-sized sedan emits about one pound of carbon dioxide, in addition to nitrogen oxides and irritating particulate matter. So, while Fenn boys may not even have their licenses yet, they still do have the power to keep many pounds of auto emissions out of our atmosphere by walking or biking when they can.
This year, we are hoping to get 60% of the student body to participate in Manpower Month. We want to emphasize that students can take action - we are shifting our focus to counting trips taken and efforts made, not miles replaced.
We encourage the boys to get their families involved as they do errands, go to the movies, or get escorted to school by bike. Any trip counts, anywhere, any time during the month of October! We also encourage boys to talk with their parents about how to be safe pedestrians and bikers - they should check their equipment prior to every trip, know the rules of the road (and sidewalks!), and think carefully about wearing visible clothing.
Absolutely! You can count trips you travel anywhere by bike or by foot. Skateboard to the ice cream shop on Saturday afternoon, walk to the bus stop on Wednesday morning, bike to a friend’s house on Friday evening….
A trip consists of going from one destination to another. So, if you make a round trip (home, to school, and back home again), that's actually two trips. If you walk somewhere and then get picked up by a parent in a car, that would be one trip.
While your pup probably thoroughly enjoyed their time outside with you, you can’t count the trip you would normally have walked. Remember, the goal of Manpower Month is to replace the miles you would regularly drive with human-powered forms of transportation, and to see the environmental benefit from those miles saved.