Idle Free School Zone

Want to reduce air pollution in your school zone? 

In addition to your walk-to-school programs, you can help to improve air quality around schools by encouraging driving parents to turn off their engines while waiting in the school zone. This simple action helps to reduce air pollution where children breathe and leads to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Did you know that after one year of implementation in almost 1,000 Ontario schools, 26,000 hours of reduced idling led to the avoidance of 83 tonnes of greenhouse gases? That's the equivalent of running 10 cars for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for four months! Together we can reduce air pollution in our communities.

 Air pollution has a measurable impact on the health of Canadians. Analysis of data from eight Canadian cities shows that 5,900 deaths can be linked to air pollution every year. Air pollution sends thousands more Canadians to hospital each year. 

We can protect our health from the negative health effects of air pollution by appropriately changing our behaviour to reduce our exposure to air pollutants - Air Quality Health Index 

For more information about air quality and active travel download our Air Quality Health Index fact sheet.

More Idle Free School Zone information

Across Canada and in the USA there are organizations that offer resources to help schools to be idle free:

Idle Free BC - Resources

Green Action Centre - Be Idle Free

Ottawa River Institute - Idle Free School Zones

Eco Superior - Idle-Free Schools

Climate Change Connection (Manitoba) - 'Idle Free Zone' signs

Government of Saskatchewan - Anti-Idling Program

Government of Alberta - One Simple Act: Be Idle Free School Resource manual

New Brunswick Lung Association - Guide to Implementation and Maintenance of a School Bus No-Idling Policy

Clean Air Partnership - Idle Free Campaign Kit

Natural Resources Canada - Idle Free Zone

Earth Day - No Idling Campaign | Healthier Schools (USA)