Designing a Program

In order to carry out a no idling program you first need to establish a few guidelines and create your team. Below you will find a detailed checklist that will help the team establish a no idling program, collect and analyze data. This checklist is meant to be followed as a timeline, but the exact amount of time the program lasts depends on the school.

See “Templates” for data collection sheets. Students need to be in position to collect data prior to the dismissal of school. Data needs to be collected until the last car has left the No Idling Zone.

Team Leader

The team leader needs to be a faculty member and will be responsible for distributing and collecting all materials needed for data collection. Also, they will keep all the participants on track during the observational and data collection period. After data collection has ended, they will collect materials and bring them to the appropriate person.

Green Team

Along with the faculty, a group of students involved in a Green Team will help make the program successful. A Green Team is a group of students that are interested in making their world a more sustainable and eco friendly place. If your school does not have a green team then you can use an interested classroom of students or a similar club that is already established in your school.

Media Information

The media information is suggested information that will help promote this program and draw attention to the schools no idling efforts. Below are ideas that will help bring the message home to parents and the general public. Also, some items can be used to find ways to raise money for materials needed for the program, such as sandwich boards.

No Idling Zone

First, define the schools No Idling Zone. This is where measurements, observations and photos will be taken. The No Idling Zone is the area where the majority of the vehicles are expected to idle while dropping off or picking up students. The zone needs to be a reasonable area where students can collect sufficient data.


No Idling Toolkit - Checklist

Download a pdf of the checklist

Designing a program

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Identify interested and involved teachers, parents and students (Suggestion: School academic and social clubs, PTA and Booster Club) 

Educate involved group about:

           tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Ozone

           tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Idling

           tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Health Effects

           tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Economic costs

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Create a No Idling policy (See Templates)

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Decide on the optimum time period for implementing the program based on:

      - Comfort: Choose a time where hot/cold weather is not a barrier

      - In conjunction with school events: publicity purposes

      - Do not interfere with critical academic periods such as: testing

       Time Period:  ________________________

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Decide on a budget for materials; may need fund raising efforts to obtain needed funds for the program

       Overall Budget: _________________________

       Promotional Budget: _____________________

       Materials Budget: _______________________

       Other: _______________________


No Idling Program Materials


tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Flyers with no idling information that emphasize health effects caused by emission pollution and economic effects related to idling and wasting gas

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Data collection sheets (See Templates)

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg A written plan on how to measure data

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Promotional T-Shirts for volunteer student team

       Purchased from: _______________

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg No idling static cling window stickers for parent vehicles

       Purchased from: _______________

       or Print in-house (see Templates)

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Stopwatches and counters (clickers)

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Clip boards and pencils

       - To record data

       - To approach idling vehicles with written information


tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Video Camera

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Camera

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Sandwich board posters (See Templates)


No idling program components

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg First decide how long the program should last

       Time Period: ________________


tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg The Undercover Count: Initiate counting of idling vehicles and length of time of idling of each vehicle

       Time Period: ________________

       - Do not let the drivers know why and what you are doing as this may add bias to the data because the vehicles may turn engines off due to project influence


tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg The Kick-off: Create a kick-off and media blitz to involve the entire student body and to notify the parents and public

      Time Period: _________________

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Posters: Displayed along no idling zone

           - Large letters (4 in) and bold colors for better visibility

           - Change out everyday with a new fact to keep driver’s attention

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg School play, video or other multi-media program

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Take photos: interactive photos of idling measurement, documentation, etc.

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Newsletters

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Informational display at school event (dance, festival, sporting event)

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Emails to parents, PTA, etc.

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg School Websites

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Place no idling sign along vehicle waiting line

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Contact local newspapers to obtain news coverage

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Send out parent phone notifications

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg The Clean Air Quality game (See Template)

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Air Quality song (See Template)

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Other: ___________________


tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Data Collection and Interaction with Drivers: Encourage parents to turn off their engine

      Time Period: ________________

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Provide following information on clip board for students:

           - Approach vehicle with no idling and air quality information

           - Ask driver if they would turn off their engine

           - Ask driver if they would like a reminder no-idling static cling window sticker

          tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Initiate counting of idling vehicles and length of time of idling of each vehicle

            - Now, drivers know about the no idling program


Presenting Data

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Analyze data

       - Compare number of idling vehicles before drivers were aware of the program to the idling vehicles after the drivers were aware of the program

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Present results to students, school staff and parents (Focus on extreme change)

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Poster

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Newsletter

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Web page article

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Informational sessions during school events


No Idling Project Evaluation

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg What parts of the program went well?




tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg What can students do to improve the program?




tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg How will elements of the program be continued through the school year and into the summer months?





Future Continuation

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Encourage parents to continue no idling practices, even after the initial no idling program has ended

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg Current students can educate rising classmates about the importance of no idling plans

tl_files/cfca/images/buttons/box.jpg School systems and/or PTA’s could implement reward programs for students who work diligently on no idling programs.

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