San Pedro High School celebrated Air Quality Awareness Month in May by taking on our No Idle Zone activity. This green initiative matters a lot: idling is linked to higher rates of asthma (among other serious health issues), which is the most common chronic illness among children as well as the largest cause of school absences.
The school is located in California where school bus drivers are required by law to turn off their engine if they are waiting for longer than one minute. We’re talking about saving the school district money — on average, drivers waste 1-2 tanks of gas every year by idling — and making it easier for young lungs to breathe. To thank their campus bus drivers’ commitment to student health, San Pedro High School acknowledged these drivers with a certificate and a thank you gift (see photos here and here).
Eager to bring a No Idle Zone to your campus? Start by registering to unlock the full activity on our website. Learn more about the activity, the impacts of idling, and best practices for taking on No Idle Zones by watching our webinar.
What’s greener than no idle zones in schools? No idle zones in car dealerships! In celebration of Earth Month, LAcarGUY is setting a new auto industry standard by introducing the very first No Idle Service Center in all 11 of their South Bay dealerships. As one of Grades of Green’s longtime supporters, LAcarGUY has helped dozens of schools take on the No Idle Zone activity to educate parents and students on why it’s important to reduce carbon emissions and unnecessary idling. As green leaders of the auto industry, LAcarGUY is showing just why they are on the forefront of environmental sustainability. Way to go LAcarGUY! Interested in implementing a no idle zone in your school? Check out Grades of Green’s No Idle Zone Activity for a step-by-step guide on how to roll out a successful program and don’t forget to watch our recent webinar to learn how one small and simple change can make a positive impact on the environment.
Grades of Green Youth Corps students are spreading the word about ACR 160, and were able to give a presentation at the 2016 Green California Schools Summit to inspire others to join the movement! ACR 160 is a statewide resolution in California encouraging No Idle Zones at all school campuses. Pioneered by Grades of Green student Antonio, No Idle Zones has become a sweeping movement across California schools. On November 2nd, Youth Corps student leaders Maxine and Elise joined Grades of Green in hosting a presentation about the meaning of ACR 160, and how schools and educators can utilize Grades of Green’s No Idle Zone Activity to get the program up and running at their school. The session included best practices from Grades of Green schools who have implemented No Idle Zones, information on the history of ACR 160, and student made videos to show how fun and easy it is to create better air quality. Are you interested in promoting No Idle Zones at your school? Check out our No Idle Zones Activity for all of the resources you need, including flyers, artwork, and more! Grades of Green also has a No Idle Zones Communications Tool Kit to make the Activity super simple. Check it out here!