Clean School Bus USA

Clean School Bus USA

Organize an idle-reduction campaign at your school!

Age group: Grades 3-12
Geographic area: U.S.

School buses are among the safest ways for students to get to school. However, pollution from older diesel vehicles has health implications for everyone, especially children and increases global warming by emitting carbon. By working together, we can reduce pollution from public school buses and make sure that school buses are also a clean way for students to get to school.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Idle-Reduction Campaign is a public information campaign creating opportunities for bus drivers, transportation managers, teachers, and students to learn about air quality and diesel emissions. It promotes idle-reduction as an easy way to save money by saving fuel, reducing wear and tear on engines, cutting carbon dioxide emissions, improving air quality, and protecting the health of bus drivers and students.

Clean School Bus USA offers a variety of educational materials to launch a successful idle-reduction campaign, including an idle-reduction brochure, poster, teacher's guide, driver video or CD, and driver key chains. The Idle-Reduction Campaign Do-it-Yourself Kit is available to school districts or other organizations.

Learn more about how you can start an idle-reduction campaign at your school or district.

Facing the Future lesson links:


When you contact the organization, don't forget to tell them you learned about the project from Facing the Future.

Email us about your project and how you're making a difference!


For background reading on climate change and energy, see...
chapter 9 of our high school text, Exploring Global Issues
Climate Change: Connections and Solutions
Our Climate Change Unit for middle school and high school

units 2 and 3 of our supplemental high school text, It's All Connected

chapters 6 and 9 of our middle school text, Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions

week 1 of our Newspapers in Education articles

About Us

We equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future through hands-on curricula and professional learning.

Facing the Future is an
independent program of WWU