(Ogden, Utah) Ogden City, Ogden School Board, Weber State University’s Energy and Sustainability Office and the Weber-Morgan Health Department have partnered in designating February 4-10 as “Idle-Free Week” to encourage residents to reduce the time they spend idling in their vehicles.
“This is a meaningful thing we’ve done for the past several years and it just keeps growing,” said Council Chair Richard Hyer. “We are excited to have Ogden City School District and Weber State on board to help us raise awareness about the small changes we all can make to help keep our air clean.”
Ogden City Council Member Marcia White and Ogden School Board Members will be recognizing schools who have taken a proactive approach to reduce idling, and WSU students will be handing out goodies and gentle reminders to fellow students in campus parking lots.
- Feb 5th Recognitions
- Heritage Elementary – 10:00 a.m.
- Polk Elementary – 10:30 a.m.
- Shadow Valley Elementary – 11:00 a.m.
- Feb 8th Awareness Event
- WSU students will encourage idle-free in various on-campus parking lots, 8:30-10 a.m.
Studies show that many of the particulates in our air are attributed to vehicle emissions. Reduced idling and choosing to carpool, walk, bike or simply combine errands with regular commutes, allows individual drivers to minimize their contribution.
“Cutting back on idling can save you money and wear and tear on your engine,” says Brian Bennion, executive director of the Weber-Morgan Health Department. “We hope that Idle-Free Week will be a time when people reflect on the amount of time they leave their car running and try their hand at developing some new habits that will help improve our environment.”