Contra Costa County

Resource Team

The Contra Costa County Spare the Air Resource Team is working to keep the air clean in Contra Costa with the “Be Idle-Free” outreach campaign. The project began as a pilot with three schools in 2012. Be Idle-Free focuses on educating parents about how idling impacts air quality and their wallets. Reducing idling while parents wait to pick up their children from school or activities reduces pollution around schools and saves drivers gas and money.

If your school would like to become involved and/or you would like to schedule a presentation to your PTA or other parent group, please contact Stephanie Anderson at sanderson@communityfocus.org.

Drivers can save money, reduce air pollution, and help everyone breathe easier just by turning a key! The message is simple. Turn off your car engine if you’ll be sitting for more than 30 seconds at a car wash, drive-thru or pick up spot. You’ll save gas, money and help Spare the Air!   

If your school or organization would like to become involved or you would like to schedule a presentation to your PTA or other parent group, please contact Stephanie Anderson. You can preview the Idle-Free presentation in English or Spanish.

You can also sign the Idle-Free pledge online and be entered to win a monthly prize drawing!

In May 2012, the team partnered with the Transit and Trails website to train local community groups in using the online tool to plan trips to the great outdoors using public transit. Participating organizations included a Boys & Girls Club, community centers and volunteers for the East Bay Regional Park District. Watch a video of the Boys & Girls Club's first excursion. If you would like to schedule a presentation to your club or organization, contact Stephanie Anderson at 510-763-2500 ext. 1 or sanderson@communityfocus.org.  

If you would like more information on the Contra Costa County Spare the Air Resource Team, or are interested in joining, please contact Stephanie Anderson at 510-763-2500 ext. 1 or sanderson@communityfocus.org.

Member Organizations

  • 511 Contra Costa
  • Bauer's Transportation
  • Bishop Ranch
  • Contra Costa Center
  • Contra Costa County Department of Public Health
  • East Bay Bicycle Coalition
  • Enterprise Rideshare
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Monument Community Partnership
  • Office of Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla
  • Sustainable Contra Costa
  • Transform

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