The (Name of organization) has identified unnecessary vehicle idling as a contributor to air pollution and
increased health risk in our state. Ironically, one of the areas where unnecessary idling occurs the most is at
schools by parents waiting to drop off and pick up their children.
To illustrate this point, consider
this - just one vehicle dropping off and picking up one child at one school
puts about three
pounds of pollution into the air per month. In addition, idling consumes
from ½ gallon to one
gallon of fuel per hour, and uses more fuel than turning off and on your engine.
We have included a fact sheet with this letter to give you more information on the hazards of idling and to
help illustrate just why this issue is so critical.
During the school year, the students at your school
will be part of a comprehensive "No Idling" program.
The (Name of organization) encourages you to sign the enclosed "No Idling" pledge form and return it to
school with your child. Every parent who signs a pledge form will receive a "Thank You" gift
from a local business. Eighty percent class participation will earn the class
a pizza or ice cream party (or other reward) donated from
(Name of local business).
We ask that you become an active participant in improving
air quality and reducing health risks by eliminating idling in school zones,
at ATM machines, at drive-thru lanes, while waiting for a ferry or bridge,
and while running in to a dry cleaner or other place of business for a "quick
The simple but critical change in behavior of idling your vehicle no longer than 30 seconds will drastically
improve the air quality in your neighborhoods and the air your children breathe.
Thank you for your support of this program.
Idling Reduction Fact Sheet
Did you know?
- Each of us takes 20,000 breaths each day.
- The average American breathes 3,400 gallons of air a day.
- Children breathe 50 percent more air per pound than adults.
- Vehicle exhaust is the leading source of toxic air pollution in Washington.
- Idling consumes ½ gallon to one gallon of fuel per hour and wastes more fuel than turning
off and on your vehicle engine.
- Diesel exhaust contains microscopic soot, particles that are about 200 times smaller than the
period at the end of this sentence.
- Diesel exhaust contains both very small particles and 40 chemicals that are classified as "hazardous
air pollutants" under the Clean Air Act.
- Idling buses tend to accumulate diesel exhaust, which may be retained during the ride depending
upon bus ventilation rates.
- It is more efficient to turn off most warmed-up vehicles than to idle for more than 30 seconds.
- A single vehicle dropping off and picking up kids at one school puts three pounds of pollution into the
air per month.
- Carbon monoxide reduces the ability of blood to bring oxygen to body cells and tissues.
- Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15.
- Children's asthma symptoms increase as a result of car exhaust.
- Asthma is the most common chronic illness in children and the cause of most school absences.
- Exposure to vehicle exhaust increases the risk of death from heart and lung disease and lung cancer.