Schools Are Not Drive-Thrus idle-free school campaign, 2022-2023
EAGLE PEAK MIDDLE SCHOOL - Ukiah, CA - Ukiah Unified School District
Leaders/teachers: Shalyn Alton, 6th grade science
MODIFIED CAMPAIGN: Step 2: Initial measuring for three days; Step 3: School Science Night in February
(in lieu of driver contact event); no final measuring will be conducted; School will support campaign depending
on impact of idling
Step 1: introductory session conducted: 11/28/22 and 11/29/22
Step 2: initial data collection conducted for four days at school afternoon dismissal on 12/2, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7
Average temperature: 50.5 degrees
Total vehicles observed: 114; total vehicles idling: ? (?%); total minutes of idling: 748 = 12.46 hours
Amount of fuel consumed*: 5.74 gal/four days / 1.44 gal/per day average
Amount of fuel consumed annually (est.) - based on 175 day school year: 252 gal
Amount of CO2 emissions annually (est.) - based on 175 day school year: 4,987.5 lbs**
Eagle Peak Middle School Lab Report NOTE: Teacher measuring observations: Teams of students collected data in
designated, separate zones; however, it is suspected that their data overlapped. Since data collection on the number of
cars idling and not idling was inconsistently recorded, those numbers were not included in the Lab Report.
Step 3: School Science Night, 3/7/23: GDA provided idle-free literature and window cling decals were distributed. Two
sixth grade students, Andre and Meredith, from Ms. Alton’s class, opted to do projects at this event based on the class
idle-free campaign. They displayed their findings which focused on how much CO2 was released by idling vehicles and
how much fuel was wasted by doing so. They also gave oral presentations to a standing room only crowd at this event.
FINAL SCHOOL DETERMINATION: This campaign was intended to be a modified one with no final data collection: more
educational than results oriented. Ms. Alton was excellent in motivating students in understanding the issue of unnecessary
idling and the conducting of a detailed initial data analysis. The school installed the two provided idle-free zone signs in
February. The school does intend to support the campaign, but the principal felt, with a new dropoff/pickup location
planned for the next school year, that school newsletter coverage about concerns with idling should wait until then.
*Amount of fuel consumed based on passenger vehicle — car/SUV/pickup truck — idling consumption of 0.43 gal/hr.
**Amount of CO2 emitted based on one gallon of fuel consumed equaling 20 pounds of CO2 emitted (gasoline - 19.64 pounds; diesel - 22.38 pounds)
Step 3: School Science Night, 3/7/23
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION to participating students