Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dept of Education Green Strides Webinar : Improving Air Quality with Transportation Changes" Webinar, August 1, 2012 from 2-3pm

Learn how to reduce the air pollution at your school by implementing a simple, yet effective, idling reduction campaign!

Vehicle exhaust contains air toxics, which are known to cause cancer, respiratory effects, reproductive effects, birth defects or other serious health effects. Children are more susceptible to air pollution because of their developing lungs and higher breathing rates. Many parents idle their vehicles during school pick up times and this can lead to elevated levels of air toxics at schools. Learn how your school can reduce unnecessary idling by implementing a simple, yet effective idling reduction campaign using the EPA Idle Free Schools Toolkit. The Toolkit includes a precise schedule for implementing a campaign, clear guidance for each step of the campaign, sample letters and pledges, and educational materials. It also provides the resources to make this a student-run science or community involvement project, providing students with the opportunity to learn how to run a public service campaign while expanding their science and math skills. The right time to start an idling reduction campaign at a school is at the beginning of the school year, so learn more about the toolkit on the August 1 US Department of Education Green Strides Webinar "Improving Air Quality with Transportation Changes." You'll also learn about cleaning up school buses, as well as introducing alternative transportation choices for students to further reduce vehicle exhaust at schools.

Please join the "Improving Air Quality with Transportation Changes" Webinar on
August 1, 2012 from 2-3pm (Eastern Daylight Time). Please register by following these steps:

- Visit
Click on “Improving Air Quality with Transportation Changes”
Click on Register and complete the registration form.
Save the confirmation e-mail (sent by with the information needed to participate in the presentation, which will be sent to the e-mail address you have specified. Please check your spam e-mail filter if the message does not appear in your inbox.
Click on the link provided in this e-mail and join us at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the presentation.
If you have any questions about this presentation or the registration process, please contact Julie Weisz at

For more information on Idle Free Schools, please visit:

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