Unnecessary vehicle idling contributes to health risks and pollution in
Washington. This is one
hazard that can be easily prevented. You and your students can be part of the solution.
The (Name of organization) has designed a program that will allow the students in your
classroom to actively improve the air quality around the school and in their neighborhood.
The challenge/process is simple:
- Have your students take the enclosed letter and pledge form home with them on (Date).
- Have their parent(s) or guardian sign the pledge form and return it by (Date).
- Every student who brings back a signed pledge form will receive a "Thank You" gift for their parent from a local business.
- Once you have gathered signed pledge forms, please return them using the self-addressed envelope
included in this packet.
Our goal is 100 percent student participation, but 80 percent class participation will earn your class a pizza or
ice cream party (or other reward) from (Name of community business).
To thank you for your participation, (Name of community business) has also donated
a (Name of gift) for you if the 80 percent participation level is reached.
We encourage you to incorporate the idling reduction program into a larger study of the
environment and tie it to other activities for students, to leverage the learning opportunity while
allowing them to have an impact on their world. We have included a fact sheet to help illustrate
just how critical this issue is. For example, a single vehicle dropping off and picking up kids at one
school puts three pounds of pollution into the air per month.
Thank you for your support of this critical 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.
(Replace with statistic relevant to program location.)
- Idling consumes ½ gallon to 1 gallon of fuel per hour and wastes more fuel
than turning off and on your vehicle engine.
- Diesel exhaust contains microscopic soot, a particle that is 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
- 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
- Exposure to vehicle exhaust increases the risk of death from heart and lung disease and lung cancer.