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Earth Week project: Go idle-free at your school

Looking for a spring project to coincide with Earth Week? Sign up for an Idle-Free School Campaign! The campaigns target idling “hot spots” at schools to help reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.

Who: This project can be undertaken by a class, afterschool group, eco club, or service learning/community service group.

VEEP will provide:

  • Support and guidance
  • Materials and instructions
  • “No idling” street signs for the school

Click here for the four simple steps of the Idle-Free program in a one-page flyer or handout.

Interested in participating? Sign up with Cara: cara@veep.org or 802-552-VNRG.


Process and time commitment

Step 1: Intro

VEEP will come in and introduce the project to your students.

Time Commitment: 30 minutes

Step 2: Data collection

Pairs of students observe and track idling behavior of drivers during afterschool pickup tallying information on a simple observation sheet.

When: Any week before Earth Day (Saturday, April 22)

Time Commitment: 3-4 days, from 10 minutes before school release through the […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Transportation|0 Comments

Get your students rolling on transportation action with an Idle-Free School Campaign!

Idle-Free School Campaigns target idling “hot spots” at schools to help reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. The program can be run in a classroom or with a Green Team or after-school club.  Students will learn organizational, analytical and communication skills as they perform data analysis, be empowered by showing drivers the significant benefits in shutting off engines when parked, and take pride in making a positive difference in their school community.

The compelling benefits of simply turning off the key when parked:

  • Save money. Avoid fuel waste and engine wear.
  • Improve air quality and health. Tailpipe chemicals can cause diseases over time like cancer and asthma.
  • Slow climate change. Exhaust emissions contain carbon dioxide (CO2) that contributes to climate change.
  • Conserve energy. Unnecessary idling contributes to fossil fuel use.
  • Comply with laws. Vermont has laws that restrict idling.

The process

In a five-step process, students collect […]

By |October 18th, 2016|Transportation|0 Comments