Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment Seeks Input on Vehicle Idling at Schools

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) is seeking input on vehicle idling in and around Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) facilities in an effort to promote cleaner air and better health for everyone, but most especially our children. This initiative will enable ACE to work with APS and other strategic partners on educational programming to reduce vehicle idling and improve air quality.

A vehicle idles when its engine is running but the vehicle is not in motion.  Idling not only wastes fuel, it contributes to air pollution and the emission of toxins that cause cancer and other serious health effects, including asthma.  According to the EPA, air quality monitoring at schools has shown elevated levels of benzene, formaldehyde, and other toxins in the time just after school pick up.

Repeated and prolonged exposure to these toxins can reduce lung function and, as asthma rates continue to rise among students. The 2014 Community Report Card on the Status of Children, Youth and Families from the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families found a 69% rise in asthma in APS elementary students between 2009-10 and 2013-14), experts are finding that vehicle idling negatively impacts children’s health.

Please take ACE’s short survey by March 28 to provide your input on vehicle idling at APS.
All survey respondents who complete the survey by midnight Friday, March 18 will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate to MOM’s Organic Market!  
If you have any trouble accessing the survey, please cut and paste the following link directly into your browser:

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Elenor Hodges, ACE Executive Director at 703-228-6427 or elenor@arlingtonenvironment.org.
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