- School Travel Planning
- iCANwalk to school...can you?
- International Walk To School Day/Month
- Walk/Wheel on Wednesdays
- Walking School Bus
- Winter Walk Day
- Spring Into Spring
- The IWALK Club
- Idle Free School Zone
- High Schools and Active & Safe Routes to School
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.
Green Communities Canada has partnered with Dads Against Dirty Air (DADA) to encourage parents, school staff and bus drivers to stop idling their engines, for the health of the children and the health of the environment.
The DADA web site has a wealth of information for your Idle Free School Zone campaign.
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: