Idling pledge sheet

IdleBox is an electronic education and outreach toolkit on vehicle idling reduction. The low-hanging fruit of fuel economy, idling reduction is a simple way to use less fuel and minimize engine wear, reducing costs along with pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

THE GREEN TEAM Idling Reduction Pledge In our classroom we are learning about the benefits of clean air and actions that we can take to improve air quality. One way you can ensure cleaner air in our community and around our school is to turn off your vehicle's engine when waiting to pick up your child or running errands. No Idling Pledge for School Districts We pledge to protect the health and well-being of the students and staff of our school district. We recognize that buses are the safest mode of student trans-portation, yet excessive school-bus emissions of soot from idling are a threat to children’s health.

Parents are asked to read the letter and fact sheet, sign the pledge not to idle, and return the "No Idling" pledge form to school with their child. The second packet contains thank you gifts, which will be given to students who return the "No Idling" pledge. The gifts include a "No Idling" key chain and a (Description of gift). • “No Idling” survey recording sheet • “No Idling” pledge • Wordsearch • Colouring sheets Here are some ideas to get you going: • Discuss a “No Idling” campaign with the Green-Schools committee • Learn why idling is bad for the environment and our health • Conduct an idling survey and record the data New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Diesel School Buses and Your Children's Health: What You Need To Know: NJDEP has not performed independent reviews of documents that are produced by other organizations, but provides them as a source of information to the public. Inform your drivers about idling reduction. technologies Adopt an idling reduction policy Host an idling reduction workshop for drivers Post signs to remind drivers NOT to idle Ask drivers to make a pledge to idling reduction Offer incentives/rewards for idling reduction efforts Staples has increased its Included with this letter is a flyer to tell you more about idling reduction and a pledge sheet. As part of our Idle Free Schools campaign, we are asking all parents, teachers, staff, bus drivers and delivery truck drivers to pledge to not idle unnecessarily. The pledge can be returned to school with your student. • Take action and stop unnecessary idling! Spread the word to family, friends, neighbors and school bus drivers. It’s an easy way to contribute to a healthier community! • Encourage your school district to post NO IDLING signs and to sign a No Idling pledge. • Drive your car to warm it. • Do not use remote starters. It’s The Law IDLE

THE GREEN TEAM Idling Reduction Pledge In our classroom we are learning about the benefits of clean air and actions that we can take to improve air quality. One way you can ensure cleaner air in our community and around our school is to turn off your vehicle's engine when waiting to pick up your child or running errands. Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting your engine. You can save fuel, money, and contribute to cleaner air by turning your engine off when parked. Would you be willing to commit to being an idle-free driver? (Offer the pledge form to sign) Here are some handouts with additional information about idling. We’d No Idling Pledge for School Districts We pledge to protect the health and well-being of the students and staff of our school district. We recognize that buses are the safest mode of student trans-portation, yet excessive school-bus emissions of soot from idling are a threat to children’s health. THE GREEN TEAM Idling Reduction Pledge In our classroom we are learning about the benefits of clean air and actions that we can take to improve air quality. One way you can ensure cleaner air in our community and around our school is to turn off your vehicle's engine when waiting to pick up your child or running errands. Idling cars, trucks, school buses, public and private transportation buses, and off-road construction vehicles/equipment all contribute to the degradation of local air quality. Current regulations limit engine idling for both diesel and gasoline vehicles to three minutes with limited exceptions. Both running an engine and idling an engine produce several pollutants that are monitored in the United States by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): It is often believed that stopping and restarting the engine uses more gas than idling. In reality, an engine restart uses fuel approximately equal to 10 seconds of idling.