Idle-Free Schools Campaigns Archive

 

2015-16 participating schools and campaign results:

Hunt Middle School • Lyndon Town School • Main Street Middle School • Shelburne Community School •

Stowe Middle School

 

FIVE SCHOOLS COMPLETING STUDY COMBINED TO REDUCE IDLING BY 46.4%!

SHELBURNE COMMUNITY SCHOOL, Shelburne

Co-leaders/teachers: Lisa Phelps, Science; Peg Rosenau, Advisor

Students: Winton team 8th grade science class and Environmental Club

 

Step 1: introductory sessions conducted 9/16 & 10/7

Step 2: initial data collection conducted for five days at school afternoon dismissal on 10/14, 10/15, 10/16, 10/21, 10/28

Average temperature: 53º

Total vehicles observed: 450*; total vehicles idling: 90* (20%); total minutes of idling: 1,180 = 19.7 hours

Amount of fuel consumed: 8.4 gal/five days / 1.7 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 306 gal (263 gal relative to # of vehicles observed, initial vs final)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 6,102 lb

Step 3: school announces idle-free campaign (Dec.-Jan.): Story published in Burlington Free Press. Story published in Shelburne News.

Step 4: driver contact event on 3/14 & 3/16 IMAGE 1 IMAGE 2 IMAGE 3 IMAGE 4 IMAGE 5 IMAGE 6  SCS March Newsletter

Step 5: final data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 4/27, 4/28, 4/29, 5/3

Average temperature: 50º

Total vehicles observed: 387; total vehicles idling: 38 (9.9%); total minutes of idling: 213 = 3.55 hours

Amount of fuel consumed: 1.52 gal/four days / .38 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 68.4 gal (195 gal reduction)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 1,368 lb

BEFORE & AFTER IDLING DIFFERENCE: 79% REDUCTION1

*Estimated. Two pick up areas monitored. 8th grade science class and Environmental Club split observation/measuring time. A sixth day of observations was eliminated due to a

number of drivers shutting off engines upon realizing idling data was being collected.

LYNDON TOWN SCHOOL, Lyndonville

Leader/teacher: Travis Courser, Science

Students: 8th grade science class

 

Step 1: introductory session conducted 9/21

Step 2: initial data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 10/26, 10/27, 10/28, 10/29

Average temperature: 47 degrees

Total vehicles observed: 70; total vehicles idling: 36 (51%); total minutes of idling: 415 = 7 hours

Amount of fuel consumed: 3.01 gal/four days / 0.75 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 135 gal (166 gal relative to # of vehicles observed, initial vs final)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 2,700 lb

Step 3: school announces idle-free campaign (Dec.-Jan.): letter, pledge form to parents; LTS Middle School Newsletter (pg. 5)

Step 4: driver contact event on 3/22 & 3/24 IMAGE1 IMAGE2 IMAGE3

4/15: LTS MAGIC 97.7 RADIO INTERVIEW ABOUT CAMPAIGN-AUDIO    IMAGE FROM INTERVIEW

Step 5: final data collection conducted for three days at school afternoon dismissal on 5/17, 5/18, 5/19

Average temperature: 59 degrees

Total vehicles observed: 86; total vehicles idling: 18 (21%); total minutes of idling: 98 = 1.6 hours

Amount of fuel consumed: 1.15 gal/three days / 0.38 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 69 gal (97 gal reduction)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 1,380 lb

BEFORE & AFTER IDLING DIFFERENCE: 69% REDUCTION1

HUNT MIDDLE SCHOOL, Burlington

Leader/teacher: Rebecca Reese, After School Program Director, and Michael Fasy, Paraeducator

Students: 7th grade Environmental Club

 

Step 1: introductory session conducted 9/22

Step 2: initial data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 10/6, 10/8, 10/13, 10/15

Average temperature: 63 degrees

Total vehicles observed: 92; total vehicles idling: 26 (28%); total minutes of idling: 73 = 1.22 hours

Amount of fuel consumed: .525 gal/four days / 0.13 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 23.6 gal (20.8 gal relative to # of vehicles observed, initial vs final)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 472 lb

Step 3: school announces idle-free campaign (Dec.-Jan.): campaign publicized - pg. 2 in HMS December Newsletter

Step 4: driver contact event on 4/4-8 week IMAGE1 IMAGE2 IMAGE3 IMAGE4

Step 5: final data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 5/17, 5/18, 5/23, 5/24

Average temperature: 73 degrees

Total vehicles observed: 81; total vehicles idling: 10 (12%); total minutes of idling: 66 = 1.1 hours

Amount of fuel consumed: .473 gal/four days / 0.12 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 21.3 gal (0.5 gal increase)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 426 lb

BEFORE & AFTER IDLING DIFFERENCE: 2% INCREASE1

NOTE: Initial findings very minimal amount of idling. Final findings showing slight increase can be due to: A. temperature in 70s which can result in engines running for air

conditioning; B. number of vehicles idling decreased from 28% in initial to 12% in final indicating skewing of results due to prolonged idling by a few vehicles (to run air

conditioning?). Final findings still reflect a minimal amount of idling.

MAIN STREET MIDDLE SCHOOL, Montpelier

Co-leaders/teachers: Amy Kimball, Math and science; Don Taylor, Language arts and social studies

Students: 7th & 8th grade Team Summit Green Team

 

Step 1: introductory session conducted 10/5

Step 2: initial data collection conducted for five days at school afternoon dismissal on 1019, 10/20, 10/21, 10/22,10/23

Average temperature: 49.4º

Total vehicles observed: 108; total vehicles idling: 61 (58%); total minutes of idling: 295 = 4.9 hours

Amount of fuel consumed: 2.11 gal/five days / 0.46 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 75.9 gal (42.9 gal relative to # of vehicles observed, initial vs final)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 1,517 lb

Step 3: school announces idle-free campaign (Dec.-Jan.): students presented data and next steps at school assembly 12/23/15; flyer

sent home to parents and to school staff

Step 4: driver contact event on 3/28, 3/29, 3/30 IMAGE 1 IMAGE 2 IMAGE 3 IMAGE 4; Parent conference 4/1 IMAGE

Step 5: final data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 4/11, 412, 4/13, 4/14

Average temperature: 43.5º

Total vehicles observed: 61; total vehicles idling: 22 (36%); total minutes of idling: 89 = 1.5 hours

Amount of fuel consumed: 0.64 gal/four days / 0.16 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 28.8 gal (14 gal reduction)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 576 lb

BEFORE & AFTER IDLING DIFFERENCE: 46% REDUCTION1

The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education @ University of Vermont created this video of the Shelburne Community School Idle-Free team in action as it conducted a driver contact event in March 2016 from their 2015-16 campaign.

Lyndon Town School Idle-Free Schools campaign interview on Magic 97.7 Lyndonville, VT, April 15, 2016

STOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL, Stowe

Leader/teacher: Ann Ndione, Science

Students: 7th & 8th grade Green Team

 

Step 1: introductory session conducted 10/8

Step 2: initial data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 10/15, 10/16, 10/19, 10/20

Average temperature: 45º

Total vehicles observed: 79; total vehicles idling: 46 (58%); total minutes of idling: 212* = 3.53* hours

Amount of fuel consumed: 1.52 gal/four days / 0.38 gal/par day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 68.37 gal (56.3 gal relative to # of vehicles observed, initial vs final)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 1,367 lb

Step 3: school announces idle-free campaign (Dec.-Jan.): school idling information - pg. 3 in Dec. 2015 issue of SMS Raider Review

Step 4: driver contact event on 4/12 & 4/13 IMAGE 1 IMAGE 2

Step 5: final data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 5/17, 5/18, 5/19, 5/23

Average temperature: 61º

Total vehicles observed: 65; total vehicles idling: 13 (21%); total minutes of idling: 104 = 1.73 hours

Amount of fuel consumed: 0.75 gal/four days / 0.19 gal/par day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 33.5 gal (22.8 gal reduction)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 670.7 lb

BEFORE & AFTER IDLING DIFFERENCE: 40% REDUCTION1

*Time is estimated as students were not able to stay until the last cars left - believed to be a low estimate. Also, once parents noticed kids collecting data (even though they told

adults nothing specific) many turned off their cars.

 

1 calculation based on reduction (or increase) in fuel consumed relative to number of vehicles observed - best overall formula based on variations in number of vehicles in initial vs final measurements. Based on this calculation, the five schools completing the study combined to reduce idling by 46.4%. Over a 180 day school year, this potentially equates to a fuel consumption reduction of 328.3 gallons and a C02 emissions reduction of 6,566 pounds. Although unmeasurable, there is also a broadening impact beyond the schools as hundreds of drivers were shown the benefits of idling reduction.

 

NOTE: Amount of fuel consumed based on passenger vehicle — car/SUV/pickup truck — idling consumption of 0.43 gal/hr. Amount of CO2 emitted based on one gallon of fuel consumed equaling 20 pounds of CO2 emitted (gasoline - 19.64 pounds; diesel - 22.38 pounds)

2014-15 participating schools and campaign results:

Champlain Valley Union High School • Essex Middle School • Hartford High School • Middlebury Union High School •

St. Albans City School • South Royalton School

 

SIX SCHOOLS COMBINED: 32%1 REDUCTION IN IDLING

Hartford High School, White River Junction, VT

Leader/teacher: Roy Hathorn, mathematics

Students: Morgan and several other students

Step 1: initial training session conducted 9/24

Step 2: initial data collection conducted for five days at school afternoon dismissal on 10/6, 10/7, 10/8, 10/9, 10/10

Average temperature: 61º

Total vehicles observed: 94; total vehicles idling: 57 (61%); total min of idling: 513 = 8.55 hr

Amount of fuel consumed: 3.68 gal/five days / 0.73 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 132 gal (131 gal relative to # of vehicles observed, initial vs final)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 2,560 lb

Step 3: idling awareness letters sent to HHS parents; school website to announce idle-free campaign

Step 4: driver contact event on 4/2 & 4/3 IMAGE 1 IMAGE 2 IMAGE 3

Step 5: final data collection conducted for five days at school afternoon dismissal on 5/4, 5/5, 5/6, 5/7, 5/8

Average temperature: 82º

Total vehicles observed: 93; total vehicles idling: 17 (18%); total min of idling: 73 = 1.21 hr

Amount of fuel consumed: 0.52 gal/five days / 0.10 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 19 gal (112 gal reduction)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 367 lb

BEFORE & AFTER IDLING DIFFERENCE: 86% REDUCTION

COMMENTS: most successful outcome. Note for initial measurements, total vehicles idling (and therefore percentage of vehicles idling) is an

estimate.

 

St. Albans City School, St. Albans, VT

Leader/teacher: Josie Weldon, facilitator - Team USA

Students:

Step 1: initial training session conducted 11/12

Step 2: initial data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 11/12, 11/13, 11/14, 11/17

Average temperature: 41º

Total vehicles observed: 57; total vehicles idling: 44 (77%); total min of idling: 295 = 4.91 hr

Amount of fuel consumed: 2.11 gal/four days / 0.53 gal/one day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 95 gal

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 1,868 lb

Step 3: Leader/teacher and student team spreading word of campaign in school community

Step 4: driver contact event on 3/24, 3/25, 3/26 IMAGE1 IMAGE2

Step 5: final data collection conducted for three days at school afternoon dismissal on 4/14, 4/31, 5/20

Average temperature: 54º

Total vehicles observed: 82; total vehicles idling: 47 (57%); total min of idling: 185 = 3.07 hr

Amount of fuel consumed: 1.32 gal/two days / 0.44 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 79 gal (55 gal relative to # of vehicles observed, initial vs final;

40 gal reduction)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 1,556 lb

BEFORE & AFTER IDLING DIFFERENCE: 56% REDUCTION

COMMENTS: initial measurements conducted four days; final measurements conducted three days

 

Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, VT

Leader/teacher: Katie Antos-Ketcham, EnACT club advisor

Students: Rachel and other students

Step 1: initial training session conducted 9/29

Step 2: initial data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 10/20, 10/21, 10/23, 10/24

Average temperature: 49º

Total vehicles observed: 95; total vehicles idling: 52 (55%); total min of idling: 347 = 5.78 hr

Amount of fuel consumed: 2.49 gal/four days / 0.62 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 112 gal

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 2,200 lb

Step 3: announcement of idle-free campaign in CVU EnACT Stall News

Step 4: driver contact event on 3/23, 3/24, 3/25 IMAGE 1 IMAGE 2

Step 5: final data collection conducted for three days at school afternoon dismissal on 5/11, 5/12, 5/13

Average temperature: 67º

Total vehicles observed: ___; total vehicles idling: ___ (35%); total min of idling: ___ = ___ hr

Amount of fuel consumed: ___ gal/three days / ___ gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: _____ gal

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: _____ lb

BEFORE & AFTER IDLING DIFFERENCE: 36% REDUCTION

COMMENTS: initial measurements conducted four days; final measurements conducted three days. Percentage of final total vehicles idling

reduction confirmed; most other final measurements unavailable from school.

 

Essex Middle School, Essex Junction, VT

Leader/teacher: Lindsey Halman, facilitator - The Edge Academy Team

Students: Derek, Nabin, Lily, Lily, Elizabeth, Val, Isabella, Isabelle, Jordan, Braden, Nick

Adult support from Jim Cardillo

Step 1: initial training session conducted 10/3

Step 2: initial data collection conducted for five days at school afternoon dismissal on 10/27, 10/28, 10/29, 10/30, 10/31

Average temperature: 55º

Total vehicles observed: 111; total vehicles idling: 67 (60%); total min of idling: 426 = 7.10 hr

Amount of fuel consumed: 3.05 gal/five days / 0.61 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 110 gal (74 gal relative to # of vehicles observed, initial vs final)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 2,156 lb

Step 3: idle-free campaign and initial data collection in ETSD PTO news; campaign information in EMS parent newsletter;

campaign details included in EMS Whole School Energy Challenge report

Step 4: driver contact event on 3/31, 4/1, 4/2 IMAGE 1 IMAGE 2 IMAGE 3

Step 5: final data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 5/5, 5/6, 5/7, 5/8

Average temperature: 65º

Total vehicles observed: 75; total vehicles idling: 39 (52%); total min of idling: 183 = 3.05 hr

Amount of fuel consumed: 1.31 gal/four days / 0.33 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 59 gal (15 gal reduction)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 1,159 lb

BEFORE & AFTER IDLING DIFFERENCE: 25% REDUCTION
COMMENTS: initial measurements conducted five days; final measurements conducted four days. Following the campaign, the students gave a presentation on vehicle idling facts and their school campaign findings before the Essex Town School District school board: IMAGE 1 IMAGE 2 IMAGE 3

 

South Royalton School, South Royalton, VT

Leader/teacher: Bill Goldsworthy, mathematics/science/technology

Students: Kat, Eleanor, Tyler, Meagan, Joseph

Step 1: initial training session conducted 10/6

Step 2: initial data collection conducted for five days at school morning drop off and afternoon dismissal on 10/20,

10/21, 10/22, 10/23, 10/24

Average temperature: 45º

Total vehicles observed: 688; total vehicles idling: 498 (72%); total min of idling: 439 = 7.31 hr

Amount of fuel consumed: 3.15 gal/five days / 0.63 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 141.7 gal (61 gal relative to # of vehicles observed, initial vs final)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 2,784 lb

Step 3: SRS idle-free campaign study and idling facts in 2/12 online weekly school newsletter, and emailed and sent hardcopy

to all school parents

Step 4: driver contact event on 4/3 & 4/5 IMAGE 1 IMAGE 2 IMAGE 3

Step 5: final data collection conducted for four days at school morning drop off and afternoon dismissal on 4/28,

4/29, 4/30, 5/1

Average temperature: 50º

Total vehicles observed: 297; total vehicles idling: 235 (79%); total min of idling: 180 = 3.00 hr

Amount of fuel consumed: 1.30 gal/four days / 0.32 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 58 gal (3 gal reduction)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 1,145 lb

BEFORE & AFTER IDLING DIFFERENCE: 2% REDUCTION

COMMENTS: initial measurements conducted five days; final measurements conducted four days. 75-80% of So. Royalton School

measurements conducted during morning drop off. This caused their study to be misguided (fault of project director, not teacher). Prolonged idling

tends to occur during afternoon pick up as parents typically arrive before dismissal. Morning drop off idling is brief - typically limited to under a

minute; it is unrealistic to expect engines to be shut off and restarted in this short period. Indeed, So. Royalton School's final afternoon

measurements showed a significant reduction in idling. All other schools conducted all measurements during afternoon pick up.

 

Middlebury Union High School, Middlebury, VT

Leader/teacher: Jay Harrington, mathematics/science

Students: James, Julia, Sully, Harriet, Chris, Kyle, Claire

Step 1: initial training session conducted 11/10

Step 2: initial data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 11/11, 11/12, 11/13, 11/14

Average temperature: 55º

Total vehicles observed: 142; total vehicles idling: 61 (43%); total min of idling: 190 = 3.17 hr

Amount of fuel consumed: 1.36 gal/four days / 0.34 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 61 gal (45 gal relative to # of vehicles observed, initial vs final)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 1,202 lb

Step 3: announcement of idle-free campaign in MUHS January 2015 school newsletter (page 5)

Step 4: driver contact event on  3/17, 3/19 IMAGE

Step 5: final data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 5/11, 5/12, 5/13, 5/14

Average temperature: 65º

Total vehicles observed: 105; total vehicles idling: 34 (32%); total min of idling: 161.5 = 2.69 hr

Amount of fuel consumed: 1.16 gal/four days / 0.29 gal/per day average

Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 52 gal (7 gal increase)

Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 180 day school year: 1,023 lb

BEFORE & AFTER IDLING DIFFERENCE: 11% INCREASE

COMMENTS: lowest amount of idling in initial measurements. Final results skewed significantly by relatively low number of vehicles

idling excessively as reflected in reduction of percentage of idling but increase in fuel consumed relative to number of vehicles observed.

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1 reduction based on reduction in fuel consumed relative to number of vehicles observed - best overall formula based on variations in number of vehicles in initial vs final measurements. Based on this calculation, for six schools combined over a 180 day school year, potential fuel consumption reduction is 216 gallons; C02 emissions reduction is 4,300 pounds. This is a conservative figure based on So. Royalton School misguided study.

Although unmeasurable, there is also a broadening impact beyond the schools as hundreds of drivers were shown the benefits of idling reduction.

 

NOTE: Amount of fuel consumed based on passenger vehicle — car/SUV/pickup truck — idling consumption of 0.43 gal/hr. Amount of CO2 emitted based on one gallon of gasoline consumed equaling 19.64 pounds of CO2 emitted

St. Albans City School

driver contact event, March 2015

South Royalton School

driver contact event, April 2015

Principal & Teacher comments from 2014-15 Campaigns

 

"This was a great activity for our students, from a research process/data collection standpoint and from a social change standpoint. The students who participated have a much deeper understanding of the effects of idling on air quality."

Dean Sterns, principal, South Royalton School

 

"The Vermont Idle-Free Schools project was incorporated into my STEM class for freshman and sophomores. My students gained a great deal of confidence working on this project. Students took it seriously and had generated many ideas that would allow them to show their work. They were highly engaged and took on the project as their 'job'. I believe this was a very beneficial project not only for the students, but for the school and community as well."

Bill Goldsworthy, teacher, South Royalton School

 

"Running the idling awareness campaign especially helped increase student awareness of the negative impact of idling as well as the magnitude of the problem at our school and in our communities. Idle Free Vermont provided organized, timely logistical and educational support on this project, which made it easy to coordinate at the school level. The student leaders found collecting data using the Smartphone app easy and engaging."

Katie Antos-Ketcham, high school teacher and EnACT team leader, Champlain Valley Union High School

 

"The Vermont Idle Free Schools program is an amazing learning activity for middle grades. Its project-based approach was extremely effective for our students. I watched Team USA members light up as they exercised their creativity, enthusiasm, as well as organizational, analytical and communication skills around the topic of idling. They received instruction, but also ran an experiment and public advocacy campaign. Team USA students walked away from the Idle Free Vermont project with memorable learning about a topic important to their lives, new real-world skills, as well as experience and pride in executing a job, and making a positive difference in their community.  I highly recommend the project to other middle school teams!"

Josephine Weldon, middle school teacher and Team USA leader, St. Albans City School

 

"The Idle-Free campaign fit perfectly with our project-based learning approach on the Edge Academy Team at Essex Middle School.  The students had identified car idling as a problem two years ago, and with the support of Wayne Michaud, began to research the impact of car idling on the health of our community.  Once they developed their driving questions, the process guided the students to become leaders in the effort to create change in our community.  Through data collection, sharing of results and presentations, the students gained many new skills, as well as created change in our community - a 25% reduction in idling!  We hope to continue these efforts during the 2015-2016 school year."

Lindsey Slan Halman, Facilitator, The Edge Academy, Essex Middle School