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Green Minds LFLB Position on idling issued November 2015

Rationale
“Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution and emit air toxins, which are pollutants known and/or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects.  Monitoring at schools has shown elevated levels of benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other air toxics during the afternoon hour coinciding with parents picking up their children.  Children’s lungs are still developing, and when they are exposed to elevated levels of these pollutants, children have an increased risk of developing asthma, respiratory problems and other adverse health effects.  Limiting a vehicle’s idling time can dramatically reduce these pollutants and the exposure to them. “ (EPA - http://www2.epa.gov/region8/idle-free-schools)

Green Minds LFLB are asking our schools to limit all unnecessary idling by passenger vehicles, school buses and delivery trucks.

Methods:
Clear signage at all schools, public parking areas, clubs and other areas children and young people frequent.

Send quarterly newsletter reminders asking drivers to shut off all engines while waiting to pick up students.

Asking all drivers to turn off engines when they arrive at school and expect to be parked for more than 1 minute (EPA recommends 10 seconds).

Initiate requirements for school buses to turn off engines while waiting on school property or on route (IL 625 il. Comp. Stat § 5/11-1429 prohibits idling for more than 10 minutes in a 60-minute period. Green Minds LFLB simply ask that it is enforced).

 
Area Schools with no idling signs and/or no idling policies:

Lake Forest Coutry Day school

Lake Bluff Elementary School

Arlington Heights (entire community is an idle free zone)

Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 idle free since 2008

Manteno School District

Joseph Sears School, Kenilworth District 38 – 'Think of the environment, Turn your Engine off' signs and two newsletter reminders every year to parents.

Prairie Crossing Charter School

Oak Park (entire community is an idle free zone)

Chicago passed ordinance that requires diesel vehicles to stop idling after 3 minutes

CPS contracts with bus operators have a condition in contract regarding no idling and number behind buses gives a fine to operators if they are seen idling

Coonley School (CPS) – signs stating “NO IDLING. Young lungs at work”

Niles – City ordinance against idling with usd 50 fine.

….. & many others

 
Benefits

Healthier air for students and staff

Saving school district money when school buses also banned from idling as our school districts pays the fuel

Safer for students to pass in pick up area, as studies show that kids are more likely to overlook a moving vehicle if cars are idling around them

Less noise pollution in the community

 
Sources:

http://www.afdc.energy.gov/uploads/publication/light_duty_fs_6-2013_.pdf

https://www.edf.org/climate/reports/idling

http://climatechangeconnection.org/solutions/transportation/idling/problems-caused-by-idling/

http://www.ehhi.org/reports/exhaust/summary.shtml

http://www.ehhi.org/reports/exhaust/exhaust06.pdf

http://injac.org/idle-free-school-zones/

http://www.d64.org/community/documents/ts8_21_08.pdf

https://www.eli.org/sites/default/files/docs/idling_draft_final_draft.pdf

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/supp_info/doing_our_share_forcleanerairidlingreduction.html (Anti idling law in Chicago – limiting idling to 3 mintues per 60-minute period)Type your paragraph here.

Forest Bluff Montessori School sent out reminders to parents telling them to turn off their engine, after they received our No Idling suggestions.

In December 2015 Green Minds LFLB sent a request  Lake Forest School Districts 67, Lake Bluff School District 65, and School District 115 to put our kids‘ health first and initiate idle free policies by installing clear signage, asking visitors and parents not to idle their cars on school properties.Type your paragraph here. District 67 has agreed to initiate a no idling campaign in Spring 2016

​If you would like to volunteer working on reducing idling in Lake Forest or Lake Bluff please email greenmindslflb@gmail.com