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Idling vehicles waste billions of gallons of fuel, and can negatively impact our health and environment. Turning your engine off is one of the easiest and most efficient steps you can take to improve air quality. This simple act will help you save fuel and money, fight climate change, and breathe easier. Please check out the educational resources below. We hope you utilize them to spread the word to others!


Turn the key, be idle free

Motor-Smart.org Materials:

Online Tutorial:  Introduction to the engine idling issue through a short video and quiz

Volunteer Presenter Form:  Sign-up to give a presentation

Presentation Request Form:  Sign-up to receive a presentation

Power Point:  20 slides on idling for group presentations

Newsletter Info:  Suggested text for articles on idling

Respiratory Health Handout: Idling and our children

"Cold starts" Handout: Idling and warming up engines on cold days

Idling Videos: Myths & facts, interviews with experts, interviews with community advocates, a rap video, etc.

Templates for your use:

Other Recommended Resources:

Michigan Green Schools:  Schools seeking "Green School" certification can receive points for idling education

Idle-Free Charlevoix:  A campaign which includes street banners

To Idle or Not to Idle, That is the Question:  Measurements from Argonne National Laboratory

Engines Off!:  Myths and Facts about engine idling from Dept. of Environmental Health, City and County of Denver

US Dept of Energy: Idle reduction strategies for various classes of vehicles

Eco-Drive Michigan: Tips on "eco-driving" (a way of operating your vehicle that lowers fuel use, carbon dioxide, air pollution and accident rates) from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Car Speed, fuel economy, and pedestrian-bicycle safety: Useful resources.

Ozone Action Days:  Tips on reducing ozone, from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

Idling Education Toolkits:

Action Plans, Sample Signage, Pledges, Fact Sheets, etc.:

Vermont/New Hampshire

Mayor’s Toolkit (from Chicago area)



For More Information, contact: blgreensource@gmail.com

Motor-Smart.org Task Force Members:

Washtenaw County GovernmentCity of Ann ArborClean Energy Coalition,

Washtenaw Intermediate School DistrictMichigan Department of Environmental Quality - Air Quality Division

The Ecology CenterClean Water Action.


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videos from motor-smart.org

Idling Myths & Facts (4 min.)  

Idling Myths & Facts Video

Interviews with Experts (28 min.)

Green Room Idling Interview



Interview with Advocates (28 min.)

Idling Interview - Green Room


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