Vermont Department of Health awards grant to Idle-Free VT for schools project

News Release — Idle-Free VT Inc.
Nov. 13, 2013

Wayne Michaud
Director, Idle-Free VT Inc.
[email protected]

Burlington, Vermont, November 1, 2013 – The Vermont Asthma Program, part of the Vermont Department of Health, has awarded a grant to Idle-Free VT Inc. to implement School No Idling Policies (SNIP). Under the Vermont’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Asthma Action Plan, the goal of SNIP is to increase the number of schools adopting no-idling policies for motor vehicles other than school buses on school grounds. The activities of SNIP align with the goals of the Vermont State Asthma Plan to improve outdoor air quality by reducing environmental triggers. Idle-Free VT director Wayne Michaud of Bristol is coordinating the project. The project is in effect from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014.

SNIP is recruiting 50 Vermont schools that have yet to adopt a no-idling policy for all vehicles. It is working with stakeholders in the school community — school administrators, teachers, students, parents, as well as local energy committees — to help encourage school boards to adopt no-idling policies for 25 of these schools.

Elementary, middle, and high school teachers from participating schools will be given in-person and web-based educational sessions, and provided with curricula in the form of a toolkit, lesson plans, and model school policy. Students will be encouraged to implement idle-free efforts at their schools and share their findings with school boards, which will also receive educational sessions.

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Idle-Free VT Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a goal of raising awareness of unnecessary vehicle idling (idling when parked) in Vermont by encouraging adoption of policies, practices, resolutions and curricula, and enactment of laws, to limit vehicle idling.

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  • Matt Fisken

    I thought Vermont already had a no idling law.

    While I applaud any effort to reduce idling, especially near schools, it seems strange that buses, which emit diesel exhaust, an IARC Group 1 carcinogen are allowed to continue to idle, while all other vehicles are not.

    Gasoline exhaust is classified as a Group 2B carcinogen, along with lead, DDT, and chloroform. Another Group 2B carcinogen, radio frequency electromagnetic fields are now ubiquitous INSIDE most schools now in the form of Wifi, for the entire time students are there.

    Would it not be wise to adopt a precautionary approach to all of these agents?

  • sandra bettis

    now if we could just get the parents to stop idling….

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