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 works with DMV to include green driving / idling reduction language in the Vermont driver's manual in latest reprint.
Details on the News page
GREEN DRIVING / NO IDLING LANGUAGE NOW IN VT DRIVER'S MANUAL
Sustainable America chooses to recognize five "Anti-Idling Heroes" nationally — including Idle-Free VT — as part of their mission to reduce U.S. oil consumption.
Details on the News page
HONORS IDLE-FREE VT
The Vermont Dept. of Health awarded a grant to Idle-Free VT for Idle-Free for Fleet$, showing business and municipal fleet operators in Addison, Orange and Washington counties the benefits in idling reduction - June to September 2013. 37 presentations were given to business and municipal fleets.
Details – including Progress Report – on the Idle-Free for Fleet$ page
IDLE-FREE FOR FLEET$
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.
IDLE-FREE VT FUNDED PROJECT:
SCHOOL NO IDLING POLICIES
ATTENTION: SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS, PARENTS
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 Department of Health, has awarded a grant to Idle-Free VT for SNIP. The goal of this project, which runs from Sept. 2013 to Sept. 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. These activities align with the goals of the Vermont State Asthma Plan to improve outdoor air quality by reducing environmental triggers.
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