The Ogden City Council and Mayor Mike Caldwell have declared February 5-11, 2017 as “Idle-Free Week” in Ogden City. Residents are encouraged to reduce vehicle idling and unnecessary driving during this week and throughout the entire year. This effort is in conjunction with the Weber-Morgan Health Department “Be Air Aware” campaign.
Small changes, like consolidating trips, using mass transit, avoiding drive-thrus and turning off vehicles at schools, banks, parking lots and train crossings, can significantly improve air quality and save money.
A study by Weber State University, Utah State University and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) debunked the myth that newer vehicles still require a warm-up period. Driving a vehicle warms it up a lot faster than idling and dramatically reduces emissions.
“We are so grateful for the incredible efforts of our community partners,” City Council Chair Marcia White said. “Air quality impacts each of us, and the seemingly small efforts of individuals can provide a collective benefit to the health and well-being of our entire community.”
•Idle-Free Ogden: idlefree.ogdencity.com
•Press Kit: ogdencity.com/councilmediaroom
For additional information, please contact Ogden City Council Communications Manager Brittany Griffin, firstname.lastname@example.org; 801-629-8103.