Left: McKinney Family and Utah Clean Cities Tammie Bostick-Cooper. Right: Second grader Olivia McKinney for Idle Free Utah.
Idle Free in Utah Goes Back to its Roots with Idle-free Buses Utah is a national leader in Idle Free Awareness and for good reason. Utah’s most populated Salt Lake valley is surrounded by the majestic Wasatch Mountains; home to world class skiing and some of the nation’s worst inversionproducing winter conditions. Utah’s Governor’s Gary Herbert offered his support by issuing the 5th Idle Free in Utah Declaration which was signed by the state’s mayors and supported by the Utah State Board of Education. Support from school Superintendent Brad Smith was drawn from the original Idle Free allies, the school bus drivers. “Idle Free awareness will further our education with the pubic to protect our most precious resources, our children, from the idling that occurs at school loading zones. What we are trying to do is to change behavior.” Utah bus drivers are 100% committed to Idle Free and will directly promote awareness at schools and bus stops; after all, they too are breathing diesel emissions.
State Representative Steve Handy observed school “hot spots” noting, “Parents often leave their vehicles idling while waiting...in some cases blowing smoke right in our children’s faces!” Air pollution touches the lives of the most vulnerable; our children. One passionate second grader, Olivia McKinney, rallied her entire school to support the Idle Free Initiative. “Children are what make the Idle Free movement so powerful for Utah Clean Cities! Who could ignore the request for clean air from a child?” remarked Tammie Bostick-Cooper of Utah Clean Cities. Senator Ted Wilson and UCAIR director encouraged Utah saying, “Let’s work together. Let’s make our skies bluer, and do everything we can to make this winter season inversion free.”
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