Student Artists Illustrate the Impact of Vehicle Idling

Submitted by Emily Prince, Bedford’s Energy & Sustainability Committee and the Green Teams at Lane School and JGMS

Bedford’s Energy & Sustainability Committee partnered with the Green Teams at Lt. Job Lane Elementary School and John Glenn Middle School (JGMS) to sponsor an art contest aimed at increasing awareness of the harmful effects of vehicle idling.  

Parents may not realize the harmful impact of their idling engines while chauffeuring their kids from activity to activity. It is easy to be consumed by your daily schedule and not focused on the consequences of your actions.  

Idling occurs when your car is parked, and the engine is running. Many people are surprised to learn that two minutes of idling is equal to one mile of driving. An idling car contributes to air pollution that is linked to asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and other health problems. It also increases carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is responsible for rising global temperatures and severe, unpredictable weather patterns. 

Additionally, engine idling is a waste of gas and money. Simply turning off your car while waiting for more than 30 seconds can improve air quality, help the environment, and save you money; a win for all! 

For the contest, students employed their artistic skills to promote awareness of the negative public health and environmental impacts of vehicle idling. More than 60 submissions were received, so judges faced difficult decisions selecting winners. The winning posters are currently on display at the Bedford Public Library.  

At Lane Elementary School, the winners are:

  • First place: Krishiv Bardhan (grade 4)
  • Second place: Julianne Chiu and Harper Haering (grade 5)
  • Third place: A.J. Wendell (grade 3)

At JGMS, the winners are:

  • First place: Farah Semy
  • Second place: Sylvie Denny-Brown
  • Third place: Rachel Wong 
  • Honorable mention: Mallory Crawford, Harry Perera Tred, and Griffin Baron 
  • Best logo: Dominic Morrale
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