VERONA NO-IDLING ZONE
Verona public school students submitted over 140 posters to the VEC No-Idling contest on October 9, Walk to School Day. You can see all the posters in this VIDEO.
These are the winners of the 5th Annual Idle Free Verona Poster Contest: Peter Popowich (F. N. Brown School), Wednesday Fischer (Brookdale Ave. School), Amelia Koellhofer (Forest Ave. School), Mark Serra (Laning Ave. School) and Maxine Haralambiev (H. B. Whitehorne Middle School) pictured here.
The Award Ceremony took place at Town Hall on November 4th. Winners received $50 dollars and a certificate signed by Verona Mayor.
Did You Know? An idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than one traveling at 30 miles per hour! Vehicle exhaust causes allergies, cancer, asthma and bronchitis. Up to 25% of NJ school-aged children are asthmatic. Idling for more than 3 minutes is against the law in New Jersey! Please turn OFF your car wherever you’re parked and waiting. Ready, Set, STOP Your Engines!
Please watch "Idle Free Verona" 2 minute video from the VEC. It is part of the commission's local campaign against unnecessary vehicle idling. The video was entirely shot and edited by VEC members. The commission would like to especially thank the H. B. Whitehorne Middle School Environmental Club and the kids from Verona for their participation and support. The Verona Environmental Commission won a 2012 Environmental Achievement Award from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) for this video and our clean air initiatives. ANJEC described the project as "a perfect example of the scope a commission can achieve with enthusiastic volunteers!". For full screen and HD resolution please click HERE. Turn the Key... Be Idle Free!
According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection "An idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than one traveling at 30 miles per hour". NJ State Law prohibits idling more than three minutes for both diesel and gasoline vehicles. Learn what Verona kids are doing to reduce air pollution and how you can help! For information please click HEREChildren's Librarian Cheryl Ashley at the exhibit with children. Congratulations to all participants for helping improve Verona's air quality!
businesses in Verona displayed on their store windows students' "Idle-Free" posters. For two weeks they shown their support to "2011 Walk to School Day" and cleaner air. Thank you AFG Framing, King's, Cleaners in that Mall, Carnevale's Car Service, Gemmel's Cleaners, Trend, JT Barber Shop, Verona Aluminum, Terry’s, C&J Trophies and Towne Scoop! If you are a store owner interested on displaying the children artwork please contact us.
In 2009, 2010 and 2011 all public elementary schools in Verona participated in the VEC's poster contest Idle Free Verona. More than 100 posters were exhibited at the schools, Verona's Public Library and Essex County Environmental Center. Parents and teachers, thank you for supporting this program too! Following two incidents in which four pedestrians (including two preschoolers) were killed and 17 struck by unattended idling vehicles in New York in 2009, idling fines raised and the Hayley and Diego’s law was created. Idling is considered a criminal offense. Idling Is Also Illegal in New Jersey. READ MORE
How good is the air quality at Verona’s schools?
Good, but could be better, according to a new analysis of data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Matching EPA data for tracking toxic chemicals against 128,000 school locations across the country, USA Today has just produced a detailed report on how industrial pollution affects outside air at America’s schools. Most of the toxic chemicals in the EPA database have never been tested for their specific effect on children, who many experts believe are more at risk for health problems because they are growing and breathe more rapidly than adults.
According to USA Today’s analysis, Verona’s public schools rank in the 58th-60th percentiles of schools nationwide. You can read the full report here: “The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air And America’s Schools” . For current air quality conditions go to AIRNow. Help to improve air quality at Verona’s schools by reducing your warm-up idling time to 30 seconds and turning your engine off if parked.
Pictured is one of the street signs installed at Verona schools in September 2009.
Verona produces 15 million gallons of water per month and has produced more than a billion gallons to date. Our Annual Water Quality Report and more than 1,000 water test show that we can drink our tap water with confidence. Enjoy Verona’s good quality municipal water. This is something we can all drink to!
An Australian town just banned bottled water, saving $2.5 million per year. In the U.S., first San Francisco banned it, then Chicago started taxing it and the city of Seattle signed an executive order to stop the city from buying it. It'll make a big difference; in 2007 that city spent $58,000 on the stuff (not including the carbon footprint of bottled water). The move is also a strong vote of confidence in the city's municipal tap water supply and treatment systems. It's good to see cities standing behind its tap water and encouraging its employees and residents to drink up. Many more are joining them.
Conservation tips include:
PREVENTING WATER POLLUTION
Stormwater picks up trash, toxins and other pollution that can kill wildlife, destroy wildlife habitat, contaminate drinking water sources and put the health of swimmers in danger. Human activity is largely responsible for stormwater pollution, each of us has a responsibility to make sure that contaminants stay out of our water.
How can I reduce stormwater pollution?
You can protect our water resources by following these tips:
The Peckman River originates in West Orange and flows northeasterly through Verona, Cedar Grove and Little Falls to its confluence with the Passaic River in the borough of Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson).
We organize an annual Peckman River Cleanup and Verona residents are always welcome to participate. Check our calendar for upcoming VEC's events.
During the last 2010 river clean-up Verona High School students removed about half a ton of trash. READ MORE HERE.
Would you like to see more pictures? Visit the photo gallery of the Peckman River Cleanup, Verona's own little river.