Below you can view the participating schools and their current idling data. Each school year, we ask each school to submit at least three sets of data. The Baseline represents the initial counts for the school year, while the Final shows the last one. The difference between the baseline and final percentages represents your hard work promoting anti-idling at your school!
Greenville County has the state's largest school district, and the second highest amount of schools participating in B2 of any county or district. This success is largely due to the efforts of the county's award-winning "Spare the Air" public awareness campaign.
Click on the school's name to look at previous years' data and highlights information.
Christ Church Episcopal School started B2 on their Lower, Middle, and Upper campuses. The 7th grade has the primary duties, and the 3rd-4th grade Safety Patrol assists on the Lower campus.
Fountain Inn Elementary School became the second B2 participant in 2007. The school:
- enacted anti-idling policies for school buses, carpoolers, and delivery vehicles;
- posted "No Idling" Signs in front of the school;
- printed an anti-idling policy in the student/parent handbook;
- sent home newsletters to raise awareness about idling and air pollution;
- collected data on the number of idling vehicles on campus and learned that number has decreased over time; and
- created an Air Quality Patrol made up of fourth- and fifth-graders. Wearing their blue B2 vests, the students help monitor the car lines, collect data, and remind parents to turn off their engines during arrival and dismissal.
2007-2008 Air Quality Patrol
Throughout the 2008-09 school year, Fountain Inn has continued to find new innovative ways to improve air quality. The school:
- encourages students to walk or bike to school, instead of riding in family vehicles;
- participated in International Walk to School Day in October;
- plans additional walk-to-school events throughout the school year;
- received a grant from Safe Routes to School in fall 2008 to help make their walking environment safer; and
- won a grant from DHEC's Champions of the Environment in March 2008 to transform the school's central courtyard, once a source of dust and lawnmower emissions, into a garden and outdoor classroom.
On May 28, 2008, the U.S. EPA recognized Greenville County for its dedication to excellence in achieving clean air with a Clean Air Excellence Award.
In November 2008, Principal Glen Wile was named 'Outstanding School Administrator' at DHEC's inaugural "Spare the Air" Awards.
During the 2009 - 2010 school year, they decreased the number of idling vehicles from 25% to 1%.
Fountain Inn Courtyard over time...
Before students transformed the school's central courtyard, it produced dust and lawnmower emissions that were drawn into the school's intake vents, affecting air quality inside the building.
Students, teachers, parents, and other community volunteers (including nonprofit group TreesGreenville) helped plant, landscape, put down mulch, and spread stones for the garden paths.
The benefits were numerous:
- The garden decreased the mowing area — and lawnmower emissions near the school.
- The trees planted shade the school to reduce the energy demand of air conditioning, filter pollutants out of the air, and reduce stormwater runoff and soil erosion.
- Downspouts from the roof collect rainwater for the plants.
- All grade levels use the garden for outdoor science lessons.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the efforts of Fountain Inn with a special Children's Health Month certificate at their B2/Courtyard kickoff event in October 2007.
Oakview Elementary School added B2 to their impressive list of environmental projects in 2009. The Earth Saver students educated the school community, and performed a special skit for their bus drivers. The school also has very successful programs for recycling, composting, gardening, and waste reduction, all of which contribute to better air quality. Learn more about "Green Steps" at Oakview.
Taylors Elementary School received a $400 Clean Air Upstate Grant in recognition of its participation in the DHEC Breathe Better(B2) Anti-Idling Program.
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Previous Participating Schools in Greenville County
- JL Mann High 2008-2010
- Oakdale Elementary 2009-2010
For more information on B2, please contact Debra Briggs-Monroe or by phone at (803) 898-3752.