School Environmental Health
Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution and emit air toxins, which are pollutants known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects. Monitoring at schools has shown elevated levels of benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other air toxics during the afternoon hour coinciding with parents picking up their children.
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
- School Bus Retrofits and Idle Reduction
- Healthy Sustainable Schools: Guide for change- School bus diesel emissions (Page 53) (PDF)
- School Idling Policy Notification (PDF)
- Sample Article for Parents/School Newsletters