School buses idle for thousands of hours a year, spewing diesel
fumes into schoolyards across the country. But a project called Improving Kids' Environment (IKE) based in Indianapolis, Ind. is working to educate school officials on how the practice affects students with their "Smart Schools Don't Idle
" campaign. IKE was awarded a $15,729 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 5 on Friday. IKE and nine other organizations were awarded $187,200 in grant money from the EPA
Region 5 this year. IKE's goal is that "the school communit[ies] will be able to make informed decisions about personal behaviors and how they affect air quality."
[Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5]