Non-profit encourages idle-free school zones at Clean Air Forum


EcoAction Arlington and Arlington Public Schools Health Advisory Board celebrated Clean Air Awareness Month with a forum on idling cars and it’s impact on children’s health. 

According to the EPA, in 2013, transportation contributed to more than half of carbon monoxides in the air and an Arlington school health physician says, it may have contributed to a 44% increase in asthma among students between 2012 and 2017. EcoAction plans to bring change to it’s local schools by prohibiting idling-or running a car’s engine while the vehicle is not in motion. 

 “We have an estimated 2,400 kids in Arlington schools that’s about 1 out of every 11 kids or two kids per classroom that has reported asthma, and when they get sick and can’t breathe well they’re obviously not feeling well and their health is in danger but they’re also missing days at school,” said Dr. Stebbins, Physician at Arlington County Schools. 

Here’s a list of tips from EcoAction to help your local school become an idle-free zone: 

  • Make it a student project where students can learn about air quality issues 
  • Coordinate letters and pledges from parents 
  • Present data to the PTA 
  • Promote biking, walking and using mass transit 

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