"If you're stopped for more than ten, turn it off and on again!"
DID YOU KNOW….
Idling for more than 3 minutes (except in traffic or extreme temperatures) is against the law in Connecticut.
10 seconds of idling uses about the same amount of fuel as restarting your engine
12 million gallons of fuels is wasted by idling in the US every day.
Even in cold weather, engines only need 30 seconds to warm up.
Pollutants from idling contribute to climate change as well as asthma and other respiratory diseases, especially in children.
History of No Idle Program – 2015, 2016
In July 2015, WGG proposed a resolution to the Wilton Board of Selectmen to make Wilton a “no idling town”. This resolution was unanimously adopted. WGG purchased and erected 150 signs around town, and implemented a “Phase 1: Awareness” program in Fall 2015 comprised of school involvement (students and volunteers on pick up lines, curriculum on idling), implementation of an online pledge, banner at town hall, film (“Idle Threat”) and panel discussion at Wilton Library, etc.
“Phase II” is beginning in 2016 and is comprised of additional integration into town websites and materials, working with town fleet, drivers ed, etc, We are also templating the program for use by other towns, and are planning a Memorial Day “No Idle” float for all the CT Green LEAF schools to participate in.