Utah Clean Cities (UCC) launched the very first Idle Free campaign in 2006, with the help of a Department of Energy (DOE) Educational Grant, and in association with The National Energy Foundation (NEF), the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), and with support from the National School Board Association (NSBA).
The collaboration of these groups led to a successful new school bus driver idle reduction curriculum: Get on the Bus for Cleaner Air and Healthier Kids: An Education and Action Project, which was implemented in Cache Valley, Salt Lake City and Washington County School Districts in 2007.
The Idle Free message was so well-received, that by 2008, it was incorporated into the Bus Driver Training Curriculum across the state. In 2009, Idle Free expanded further when UCC led kick-off campaigns for 65 schools in Salt Lake City and Salt Lake. By 2010, the campaign blossomed into a statewide focus when Governor Gary R. Herbert declared the month of September as “Idle Free Awareness Month.”
Since 2010, over 35 mayors and 300 schools throughout Utah have joined the Idle Free effort. Overwhelming support from students, teachers, principals, school bus drivers, private businesses, local chambers of commerce, cities and the State of Utah have made the campaign an overwhelming success!