Be Idling Free

Be Idling Free Everywhere
no idling young lungs at workIT’S YOUR E-MISSION!

Have you ever left your vehicle idling for more than 10 seconds while waiting to pick up your child at school or while at the drive-up window at the bank?  Most of us have.  Here are some very good reasons to rethink this common habit:

Vehicle emissions are the largest contributing factor to air pollution.  The combustion of fossil fuels releases several types of air pollutants that are detrimental to our health.  These include sulfur dioxides, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and other toxins contributing to the formation of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels.

Children are particularly vulnerable to air pollution.  Children breathe 50 percent faster and inhale more air per pound of body weight than adults.  Studies have shown a direct link between many respiratory diseases and pollutants found in vehicle exhaust.  In fact, asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization for children under the age of 15.

Excessive idling is expensive.  Over 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting your engine.  Idling for 10 minutes a day uses an average of 22 gallons of gas per year, and gets zero miles to the gallon.  Excessive idling is not good for your vehicle either.  It can actually damage your engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs, and exhaust systems, whereas frequent restarting has little impact on engine components like the battery and starter motor.

For the children, for yourself, and for the environment, please remember to keep your emission down and turn off your car if it isn’t moving!

1-2-3 TURN THE KEY!

Please join our Portland effort to change this

Here’s a suggestion for how to avoid idling – see what happens when you do things in this order:

1. Make your phone call or map out where you’re going first, then..
2. Get in car
3. Put on seat belts
4. Turn on Car
5. Go where you’re going.

1st Article by WA Post on uselessness of idling in the Winter and follow up by WA Post: This is why people still think they should idle their cars in winter.

Here’s a great Brochure on Anti-Idling

Some good news from Obama regarding airplanes and emissions. btw, why not military jets included?

This just in thanks to Evan Manvel: Oregon Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit: Strategy Report: OREGON SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVE: Eco Driving PDF

Be Idle Free Boise

Oregon Department of Transportation’s EcoDrive website https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP/Pages/ecodrive.aspx

The American Lung Association https://www.lung.org/healthy-air/school/protecting-air-at-school/ government.html

US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Campaign https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/sector-programs/csb-overview.htm

US Environmental Protection Agency’s Idle Free School Zones website https://www2.epa.gov/region8/idle-free-schools

US Department of Energy, Idle Reduction website https://www.afdc.energy.gov/conserve/idle_reduction_basics.html

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Idling

(updated 7.25.17 with new infographic below from iturnitoff.com)

I’ve contacted a variety of folks in the Portland and Oregon region recently to talk about starting a public awareness campaign around the issue of engine idling. Given that more people are wanting to stop their cars (hopefully) to talk on their cellphones or text, idling is probably increasing. At a time when we should be thinking about more ways to save oil, rather than waste it, and also if we wish to have cleaner air, an idling awareness campaign in our region seems useful. Here’s a link to a brochure by the City of Portland which stresses that leaving your car on for longer than 10 seconds wastes more gas than by stopping the car and re-starting it again (and other health and environmental benefits of reducing idling).

Also, OEC has a great video here for their “It’s not cool to idle at school” campaign.  Their downloadable PDF on the issue is here.

Also, the City of Denver has done a great job on this issue with their Engines off, Denver campaign.

And, NYC is doing their share.  A short film about their law passing here. Turn off your car, folks!

If engine idling is an issue that you care about, and you’d like to be a part of a working group in the Portland/Oregon area to work on it, please let me know @ albertkaufman@gmail.com – Thanks!

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Hello, I wish for you a great summer, that life is treating you well, and that you, your friends, neighbors and family are healthy.  

I traveled to Sierraville, CA for a fantastic rebirthing workshop, recently. It was very inspiring and I intend to write more about my experience, soon. Here is a short paragraph from something that the leader, Leanord Orr, wrote:

“To practice the Presence of God means to live in a way that feels peaceful so that we feel our Divine Nature every day, making us feel loving, creative, and productive. The daily spiritual practices with earth (good diet, food mastery, and exercise); water (bathing); air (conscious breathing); fire (sitting with it); and meditation renew our divine energy.

My simple recommendation for today would be to learn more about earth, water, air and fire – I’ll say more soon 🙂

July 2nd, 2009: 5:03PM: 90 degrees – In Portland we’ve got stronger heat than normal: a good time to remind everyone to water new trees that have been planted in the last 3 years.fruit trees

  • 3 gallons 2-3 times a week is best
  • Ask your neighbors if they’ve watered their new trees, usually most people don’t mind if you water for them
  • register your tree (if it’s a fruit tree) with thePortland Fruit Tree Project or your local version – don’t have a fruit tree project for your City?
  • Drink lots of water yourself.
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In the heat people tend to sit in their cars, eat lunch, make a call, all the while idling their car.  This next piece from the City of Portland explains idling simply and kindly.  Copy, paste and distribute, por favor!

IT’S YOUR E-MISSION!

Have you ever left your vehicle idling for more than 10 seconds while waiting to pick up your child at school or while at the drive-up window at the bank? Most of us have. Here are some very good reasons to rethink this common habit:

Vehicle emissions are the largest contributing factor to air pollution. The combustion of fossil fuels releases several types of air pollutants that are detrimental to our health. These include sulfur dioxides, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and other toxins contributing to the formation of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels.

Children are particularly vulnerable to air pollution. Children breathe 50 percent faster and inhale more air per pound of body weight than adults. Studies have shown a direct link between many respiratory diseases and pollutants found in vehicle exhaust. In fact, asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization for children under the age of 15.

Excessive idling is expensive. Over 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting your engine. Idling for 10 minutes a day uses an average of 22 gallons of gas per year, and gets zero miles to the gallon. Excessive idling is not good for your vehicle either. It can actually damage your engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs, and exhaust systems, whereas frequent restarting has little impact on engine components like the battery and starter motor.

For the children, for yourself, and for the environment, please remember to keep your emission down and turn off your car if it isn’t moving!

1-2-3 TURN THE KEY!
All my best from the City of Roses!If you would like to meet for a rebirthing session, please let me know.

Om Namaha Shivaya: “Aum” or “Om” means “Infinite Being.”  “Shivaiya” means “Infinite Intelligence.” “Namaha” means “Infinite Manifestation.” “Aum Namaha Shivaiya” is a very high quality thought.’  **

Happy Solstice, perfect weather and good thoughts to ya!

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