Vermont Idle-Free Schools

Making a difference in the Vermont School Community by...

reducing greenhouse gas emissions

conserving energy
protecting student health

saving $$$ annually

complying with Vermont no-idling laws
raising student (& adult) awareness

What

Vermont Idle-Free Schools is a High Meadows Fund and Vermont Community Foundation supported Idle-Free VT project. Wayne Michaud, Idle-Free VT director, is coordinating the project. Idle-Free VT is raising awareness of unnecessary vehicle idling in the school community to educate students in being fuel efficient, environmentally responsible drivers, and seeking to increase the number of Vermont schools with official no-idling guidelines to help promote healthy school environments.

Who

We are working on three levels in the school community with...

• Schools at the middle and high school levels - conducting 60 Idle-Free from the Start idling awareness and green driving educational sessions for

  1,000+/- students.

 

• Schools at the middle and high school levels - up to seven preselected Vermont schools to conduct long term, student-led idle-free observation and

  measuring studies and campaigns.

 

• Supervisory unions and school districts - to increase the number of schools by 25 adopting no-idling administrative procedures or board-approved

  policies for vehicles other than school buses on school grounds.

When

2015-16 school year: August 2015 to July 2016.

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Where

In Vermont statewide.

Why

Idling matters!: Reducing vehicle idling is a low-hanging fruit means of achieving the following: reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change, reducing fossil fuel use to conserve energy, and reducing vehicle exhaust chemicals to improve air quality.

 

1,000+/- students will learn to be idle-free from the start, and by extension, some of the adults around them. Just one driver reducing idling for five minutes a day for the next 15 years could cut CO2 emissions by more than two tons and reduce fuel consumption by 225 gallons. Students participating in the project's idling observation and measuring campaigns will learn organizational, analytical and communication skills, and will take pride in making a positive difference in their community. Parents and other drivers avoiding idling at schools will protect students, in particular, from respiratory diseases like asthma - children breathe at a significantly faster rate than adults, plus their lower height makes them more vulnerable to toxic exhaust chemicals from ground level tailpipe emissions. Drivers of light-duty vehicles refraining from unnecessary idling can save hundreds of dollars annually in avoiding needless fuel use and engine wear. And Vermont's prohibited idling of motor vehicles law limits the idling of all vehicles to five minutes in any 60-minute period.

 

Project Components

Educational Program

for school administrators

& teachers

 

 

 

 

 

Vermont Idle-Free Schools is working with principals and teachers to conduct 60 Idle-Free from the Start idling awareness and eco-driving sessions in classrooms at middle and high school levels.

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Idle-Free Campaigns

for teachers, students

& parents

 

 

 

 

 

Vermont Idle-Free Schools is working with teachers, students and PTOs at up to seven preselected Vermont schools to conduct student-led idle-free observation and measuring campaigns.

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No-Idling Guidelines

for supervisory unions

& school districts

 

 

 

 

 

Vermont Idle-Free Schools is working with supervisory unions and school districts to adopt 25 official no-idling guidelines such as administrative procedures, board-approved policies, or handbook rules.

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