Spare the Air Youth

Spare the Air Youth educates and inspires Bay Area youth and their families to walk, bicycle, carpool and take transit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Spare the Air Youth is a partnership between MTC and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District).

The Spare the Air Youth program is designed for K-12 students and their families. Currently, MTC funds:

  • Family Biking Workshops, which are run locally by each county’s bicycle coalition
  • The Bay Area BikeMobile, which brings free bike repair to local schools and communities
  • Additional programs to expand the high school Safe Routes to School program

Staff Contact

Leslie Lara-Enríquez, Spare the Air Youth Program Manager
Phone: (415) 778-5258
Email: llara-enriquez@bayareametro.gov

Technical Advisory Committee

The Spare the Air Youth program hosts a quarterly Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC brings together providers who implement transportation-, climate- or air quality-focused youth programs throughout the Bay Area. The TAC is open to relevant program practitioners from the nine-county Bay Area.

YES Conference

A highlight of the Spare the Air Youth program is the annual Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) conference. The YES conference is a full-day event where middle- and high-school students from around the Bay Area come together to:

  • Discuss transportation issues
  • Learn how their decisions can impact climate change
  • Discuss solutions to the climate crisis
  • Share ways of encouraging others to walk, bike, take transit or carpool to school