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 afterschool pickup (approximately 30 minutes each day).

Step 3: Driver outreach

Pairs of students talk with all drivers at the school, giving out information and asking idling drivers not to idle and thanking non-idling drivers for not idling.

When: Week of Earth Day: April 17-21 or April 24-28 (note Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, this year)

Time Commitment: 2 days afterschool from 10 minutes before school release through the afterschool pickup (approximately 30 minutes each day).

Optional Step 3b: Additional Arts and Literacy opportunities for classes or afterschool groups:

  • Students make posters to use at their Driver Outreach events
  • Students make their own handouts to give out at their Driver Outreach events
  • Students write about the anti-idling campaign for school blogs, local newspapers, etc.
  • Students write and distribute letters to parents, teachers, staff, delivery truck drivers and school bus drivers about anti idling

Step 4: Data collection

Pairs of students observe and track idling behavior of drivers during afterschool pickup tallying information on a simple observation sheet to compare with the data collected before the event.

When: 2-4 weeks after the driver outreach week.

Time Commitment: 4 days afterschool from 10 minutes before school release through the afterschool pickup (approximately 30 minutes each day).