At my school we started to put up signs outside to stop idling, today some people in my class are going to head out (when some parents are picking up their kids.) to see if they are idling or not. Now if they are idling they would just tell them about idling and the bad things it does. And if some parents are not idling, they would get a sticker (and a "Thank you".)
Above & Beyond Transportation Challenge
Stop Some Idling!
Moving While Standing Still
A UVM study determined that idling Vermonters emit 36,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide and burn 4.1 million gallons of gas every year.
Idling your car is nothing but wasteful. When you stop idling, you save money, reduce air pollution, conserve fuel, emit fewer greenhouse gasses, prevent wear and tear on your car, and attract much cooler people into your life. Just kidding! But seriously, idling is actually illegal in Vermont.
- Where in your life do you see idling most frequently?
- Brainstorm the most fun, creative ways you could get people to stop idling.
- Try out a couple and let us know how it goes!
Nervous about confronting people directly about idling?
- Make a short video about idling and post it on YourTube
- Create an anti-idling poster you can hang somewhere
- Write an anti-idling poem and send it to your local paper or Front Porch Forum
Tell us what you did, and share a link if it gets published anywhere.
Places People Idle
- At the store
- At the drivethrough
- School pick-up and drop-off
- At a long traffic light
Ideas For Asking People To Stop Idling
- Offer people a little treat (lollipop, gumball, chocolate kiss) if they'll turn off their car.
- Give idlers a ticket from the Concerned Climate Citizen's Anti-Idling Brigade (or some other fake organization you invented).
- Go up to someone idling their car and tell them you're doing a study about idling and ask them if you can interview them about their idling habits. Use idling statistics in your questions, like "Did you know the CO2 emissions associated with idling account for 1.6 percent of the total U.S. (greenhouse gas) emissions?"