In addition to encouraging those who can to walk + bike to school, we can help to improve air quality around schools by encouraging driving parents to turn off their engines while waiting in the school zone.

Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution and emit air toxins, which are pollutants known to increase the risk of developing asthma, respiratory problems and other adverse health effects especially in children whose lungs are still developing. Limiting a vehicle’s idling time can dramatically reduce these pollutants and children’s exposure to them.

 Things you can do:

  • Leave your car at home and walk or bike.
  • Turn your engine off while waiting.
  • Arrive to school a few minutes early in morning or late in afternoon to avoid the long lines. 

Beaverton School District students helped create the below video to show how ildling effects their health and their ability to learn.

 

Other sites that may help:

https://www.epa.gov/region8/idle-free-schools

http://www.sparetheair.org

 

 

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