What is the problem with parked vehicles that idle?
Someone's parked in their car, idling while chatting on a cell 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, even to America’s security. Drivers need to be aware of this harmful and wasteful, yet unnecessary practice that occurs daily throughout Vermont.
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
Idle-Free VT Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Vermont. The Idle-Free VT campaign raises awareness of the idling issue by educating individuals, students, businesses, and municipalities through educational curricula and instruction, in media exposure, distributing handouts, giving presentations, networking, collaborating, forming coalitions, and encouraging local activism, advocacy, practices and policies: town ordinances, resolutions, energy conservation policies, and school policies.
Idle-Free VT encourages green/eco-driving practices through educational curricula and instruction.
Idle-Free VT also advocates for vehicle idling limitation laws, regulations and rules.
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 84,450,000 pounds/year.
COME PLAY VERMONTIVATE!!
It's fun, easy, and working together we can make a difference and win some ice cream! Vermontivate is an award-winning community sustainability game designed to bring fun, creativity, and collaborative competition to the serious work of tackling the global climate crisis.
From May 13 - June 21, teams of players from across the state (and beyond!) will take on a wide range of sustainability-related challenges and earning points on behalf of their town. At the end of the game, the winning town gets an ice cream party from Ben&Jerry's!
IDLE-FREE VT 501(C)(3) APPROVAL
On April 24, 2013, the IRS determined that Idle-Free VT Inc. has achieved 501(c)(3) tax exempt status!
Details on the News page.
To learn more, visit the CAA Eco-Driving
page and watch the video
HOW TO BEAT VERMONT GAS TAX HIKE
Read the Green Energy Times blog comments based on an Idle-Free VT tip warning of engine damage from idling.
VIEWPOINT: IS IDLING BAD FOR ENGINES?
May 14: The Vermont legislature has passed S.150, a bill which includes a section on the prohibited unnecessary idling of all motor vehicles. Gov. will sign into law soon.
Details on the Legislation page
IDLING BILL PASSES
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