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

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

Contact:
Wayne Michaud
Director, Idle-Free VT Inc.
802-453-5857
[email protected]
idlefreevt.org

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.

Visit idlefreevt.org for more details.

# # #
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.

Press Release

Comment Policy

VTDigger.org requires that all commenters identify themselves by their authentic first and last names. Initials, pseudonyms or screen names are not permissible.

No personal harrassment, abuse, or hate speech is permitted. Be succinct and to the point. Comments should be 1000 characters or fewer. If your comment is over 500 words, consider sending a commentary instead.

We personally review and moderate every comment that is posted here. This takes a lot of time; please consider donating to keep the conversation productive and informative.

The purpose of this policy is to encourage a civil discourse among readers who are willing to stand behind their identities and their comments. VTDigger has created a safe zone for readers who wish to engage in a thoughtful discussion on a range of subjects. We hope you join the conversation. If you have questions or concerns about our commenting platform, please review our Commenting FAQ.

Privacy policy
  • 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….

Thanks for reporting an error with the story, "Vermont Department of Health awards grant to Idle-Free VT for schools..."