Earth Calendar for September 5th and September 6th

Sep 5, 2012

There are 25 million reasons why it's important to reduce school bus idling and the key to reducing idling is us! Clean School Bus's National Idle Reduction Campaign helps communities take action toward a cleaner, healthier environment. It recognizes the important role of the school bus driver as a professional who is responsible for the safety and security of kids.

  Unnecessary school bus idling affects human health, pollutes the air, wastes fuel, and causes excess engine wear. Fortunately, it's easy to implement practices that reduce school bus idling. The U.S. EPA has determined that diesel exhaust is a likely human carcinogen and can contribute to other acute and chronic health concerns.  Kids are more susceptible to air pollution than healthy adults because their respiratory systems are still developing and they have a faster breathing rate.  Idling school buses can pollute air in and around the bus. Exhaust from buses can also enter school buildings through air intakes, doors, and open windows. Buses should typically be moving whenever the engine is on.  Engines should be turned off as soon as possible after arriving at loading or unloading areas. School buses should not be restarted until ready to depart and limit idling time during early morning warm up to what the manufacturer recommends (generally no more than five minutes). For more information visit EPA's website.

On Our Calendar:  Scioto Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting the first ever Conservation Fair on Saturday, September 29th at the Scioto County Fairgrounds from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Join in a celebration of nature, community, and agriculture.  Admission is free and there will be many activities for the kids including bounce houses, crafts, archery, games, and more.  There will be speakers throughout the day educating on topics like gardening, timber management, and wild hogs.  Come out and support some of local non-profit organizations and local vendors.  Plus there will be new farm equipment on display as well as some antique tractors and a chainsaw carver!  Information at Scioto Soil and Conservation District's website.