News Release 260

Media Advisory: DNR, Springfield Schools to kick-off campaign to reduce unnecessary idling at Springfield schools

Volume 38-260 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

April 28, 2010

WHO: Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Director Mark N. Templeton.

WHAT: Media event to start campaign aimed at reducing unnecessary vehicle idling at Springfield schools.

WHEN: Friday, April 30 at 3 p.m.

WHERE: David Harrison Elementary School, 3055 West Kildee Lane, Springfield in Greene County.

WHY: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Springfield Public Schools and the Ozark Clean Air Alliance have partnered to reduce idling in and around the loading and unloading zones at all district schools. The department and Springfield Public Schools will officially kick off a campaign to reduce school-zone idling at all schools. The event will feature speakers from both organizations and will take place at 3 p.m. at David Harrison Elementary School, 3055 West Kildee Lane.

Vehicle emissions contribute to unhealthy levels of fine particles, ozone and air toxics. Particle pollution is especially dangerous because it contains microscopic solids and liquid droplets that can get deep into the developing lungs of children. Reducing idling can have a noticeable effect in improving air quality at the loading and unloading zones as well as play an important part in improving the state’s overall air quality.