Idle Free Schools

Schools within The City of Red Deer are designated as Idle Free. This means that if you are going to be parked for longer than one minute, turn off your engine. Signs are posted around school parking lots, and drop-off and pick-up areas reminding drivers to turn their vehicles off when parked near a school.

‌Vehicle exhaust contains harmful chemicals that can affect children's health. Children are exposed to a variety of pollutants as they pass idling vehicles. In addition, exhaust can be drawn into the school through cold air intakes or through open windows and doors. Particulate matter emitted as part of vehicle exhaust poses a serious concern as it can be breathed deep into children's lungs.

Join the large number of drivers who are becoming idle free. Email environmental.initiatives@reddeer.ca or call 403-342-8750 to receive your free static cling decal to identify yourself as an idle free driver.

To protect our children’s health, let’s turn the key and be idle free. 

Congratulations to the following schools who have committed to being idle free:

  • Annie L. Gaetz
  • Aspen Heights
  • Barrie Wilson
  • Central
  • Camille J. Lerouge
  • Fairview
  • G.H. Dawe
  • Gateway Christian
  • Glendale Sciences & Technology
  • Grandview
  • G.W. Smith
  • Henri Voisin
  • Holy Family
  • Hunting Hills
  • Joseph Welsh
  • Koinonia
  • la Prairie
  • Maryview
  • Mattie McCullough
  • Mother Teresa
  • Mountview
  • Normandeau
  • North Cottage
  • Oriole Park
  • Pines
  • St. Elizabeth Seton
  • St. Martin de Porres
  • St. Patrick’s
  • St. Teresa of Avila
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • West Park Elementary
  • West Park Middle

For further information about this free program contact the Environmental Educator at 403-342-8750 or environmental.initiatives@reddeer.ca.