What is the problem with parked vehicles that idle?

Someone's parked in their car, idling while using their smart phone. A diesel truck is idling for 10-15-20 minutes while making a delivery.

Eventually these vehicles go on their way and everything seems as it was before they parked and idled.

But it isn’t. Harm has been done, some of it permanent. Those in the vicinity, including the drivers, have been harmed by breathing toxic exhaust emissions. Harm has been done to the engines, wallets or company profits, the environment, energy wasted, plus laws broken. Drivers need to be aware of this harmful and wasteful, yet unnecessary practice that occurs daily throughout Vermont.

It's pretty simple...just turn off the key!

The compelling benefits of simply turning off the key when parked

 

 SAVE MONEY - avoid fuel waste and engine wear

 

 IMPROVE AIR QUALITY / IMPROVE OUR HEALTH - exhaust emissions cause respiratory illness

 

 SLOW THE ADVANCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE - exhaust emissions contain carbon dioxide (CO2)

 

 CONSERVE ENERGY - unnecessary idling contributes to fossil fuel use

 

 OBEY THE LAW - Vermont has laws that restrict idling

 

For details, visit the Idling Facts page

 

DID YOU KNOW?

In 2012 there were more than 572,000 Vermont vehicle registrations. If just half of these vehicles reduced their idling by five minutes/day, the total fuel avoidance could exceed 4,353,000 gallons/year, and the total CO2 emissions reduction could exceed 42,000 tons/year.

Full details on the School No Idling Policies page

Are you interested in improving students’ health through better air quality?

We invite schools to participate in the School No Idling Policies (SNIP) project.

 

The Vermont Asthma Program of the Vermont Department of Health awarded a grant to Idle-Free VT for SNIP. The goal of this project, running from Sept. 2013 to Aug. 2014, is to increase the number of Vermont schools that adopt formal no-idling policies for all motor vehicles while on school grounds by 25 schools.

Educational Program: SNIP offers schools a cost-free Educational Program — regardless of whether they have a no idling policy — providing interested teachers no-idling curricula on three grade levels. Come join the increasing list of inviting, participating schools!

FUNDED BY

THE VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

 

 

CAMPAIGN UPDATES

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2014

UPDATE: SCHOOL NO IDLING POLICIES

School No Idling Policies (SNIP), an Idle-Free VT project funded by the Vermont Asthma Program of the VT Dept. of Health, has goals of increasing board approved school no idling policies, and offers its Educational Program: curricula for interested teachers on three grade levels. Thus far, four supervisory unions or school districts are developing no idling policies, and 10 schools have invited SNIP's educational program.

NOVEMBER 2013

EMA VIDEO: VEHICLE IDLING CAN,

UM, COST YOU A HOT DATE!

Environmental Media Association webpage tells us "Everything You Need to Know About Idling" (including the video, "Don't Be an Idler").

Burlington has an idling restriction ordinance, but idling still happens with little enforcement.

Details on the News page

NOVEMBER 2013

IDLE-FREE GUY INTERVIEWS IDLE-FREE VT'S WAYNE MICHAUD FOR TOOL BOX SERIES

Ron Zima, the IDLE-FREE Guy behind Canada's leading idle-free campaign conducts Skype interview with Wayne Michaud for his green tool box series: Green State of Mind - Inside IDLE-FREE Vermont.

Details on the Features page

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