No Idling Toolkit for Schools
This toolkit is designed for students in 7th grade and fits into the air quality portion of the curriculum. The purpose of this toolkit is to reduce the exposure to vehicle emissions and improve the local air quality while educating and empowering the public. Idling vehicles contribute to ground level ozone by emitting pollutants that include nitrous oxides and volatile organic compounds. These pollutants increase wheezing, coughing, asthma and respiratory infections. Also, they have been linked to respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease. By reducing idling you can reduce the health risks associated with vehicle emissions.
This tool-kit will provide the steps and resources needed for your school to implement their own no idling program. By taking on this challenge to reduce vehicle emissions your school can be one of many in the march to improve our health and our air.
Here is a list of goals your school might want to take into consideration when implementing a no idling program.
I. Reduce total vehicle idling time during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up of students.
II. Raise awareness about the health risks and costs of vehicle idling for students and drivers.
III. Promote behavioral changes