Through our schools program, we work with elementary, middle and high schools to reduce harmful vehicle emissions around children and instill environmental values in the next generation. Our programs include:
- Anti-Idling Program Development
- Interactive Air Quality Classroom Activities
- Information Table at Meetings or Fairs
- Presentations at Parent Meetings
The need for action is clear. Excessive idling unnecessarily exposes vulnerable populations of children and adults to unhealthy plumes of exhaust filled with particle pollution and increases the potential for the formation of ground level ozone. Much of the Middle Tennessee region is considered nonattainment for ozone and borderline for particle pollution. Anti-idling programs are a key tool in addressing these pollution sources.
Children are more vulnerable to the impacts of vehicle pollution than other populations:
- Their lungs are still in the development phase.
- They breathe, on average, 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults.
- They are closer to the ground, and therefore, closer to tailpipes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) found that particle pollution and ground level ozone aggravated asthma in children and contributed to an increased risk of respiratory tract infection as well.
To have the Clean Air Partnership speak to your group of students, contact Becky Taylor.