Eco Living

6 Ways to Green Your Super Bowl

Jan 31st, 2018 | By Katrina Kazda

Wondering what you can do to make this your greenest Super Bowl party ever? These tips will help you score an eco-win on game day.
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Transportation

New York City May Enlist Citizens to Help Enforce Idling Laws

Mar 9th, 2015 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

Laws against idling vehicles are on the books across the country, but in many places, including New York City, they aren’t heavily enforced. Two New York City Council members are hoping to change that by introducing a bill on Wednesday that will reward citizens for reporting idling violators. If adopted, citizens could upload videos of idling vehicles to a city website and receive a payment if fines are collected.
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Innovation

7 Technologies That Can Slash Idling

Dec 5th, 2014 | By Katrina Kazda

We’ve been known to get more than a little irked when we notice people [idling their vehicles](http://iturnitoff.com) unnecessarily, like at drive-thrus or school pick-ups. It wastes gas, it pollutes the air, it stinks and it’s just, well, unnecessary. But some drivers get a free idling pass, right? Don’t refrigerated trucks, utility vehicles, safety and emergency vehicles and long-haul trucks often need to keep their engines running to power auxiliary functions? Yes, and no. Here, we explain.
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Transportation

How the Trucking Industry Can Save Billions of Gallons of Fuel Per Year

May 1st, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

For the 1.7 million truckers in the United States, their trucks are homes away from home. During overnights and rest breaks, they need to eat, relax, catch up with their families and get a good night's sleep. The problem? Most truckers power appliances, computers, heaters and air conditioners by idling their engines — some up to 8 hours a day, more than 300 days a year — which wastes fuel and money and pollutes the air. Check out our infographic to learn more about the truck idling issue and some of the solutions the trucking industry is starting to use to save fuel.
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Eco Living

College Student Speaks Out About Idling

Feb 12th, 2014 | By Katrina Kazda

In January, Sustainable America received an unexpected call. It was from Clare Roth, a Northwestern University senior journalism student who had learned of our "I Turn It Off" pledge campaign to end unnecessary vehicle idling. A member of her school’s speech team, Roth had chosen vehicle idling as the topic for the prepared speech she would be competing with throughout the season—and she wanted to see if we could send her materials to hand out at the events.
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Innovation

L.A. Port Project Aims to Reduce Wasteful Idling

Jan 13th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

Freight is an essential part of the world economy, and goods are largely moved with fossil fuels. But wait times, congestion, idling, and other factors all lead to wasted fuel and air pollution. With U.S. domestic freight expected to double and international freight to triple by the year 2035, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) is spurring development of information systems to improve the efficiency of moving goods. Here's how they hope to do it...
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Eco Living

5 (More) Anti-Idling Heroes

Nov 8th, 2013 | By Amy Leibrock

Back in July, we wrote about five people and organizations that were doing a great job of spreading awareness about idling. Every week we hear about more people and projects that are working to raise awareness about idling, so it's already time to expand our list.
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Eco Living

5 Anti-Idling Videos We Love

Sep 30th, 2013 | By Amy Leibrock

You've seen our anti-idling video, right? It's part of our I Turn It Off campaign to end unnecessary idling. Well, It turns out that we're not the only ones working to end unnecessary idling. Local governments, school districts and air quality agencies all over the country (and Canada) have take up the cause — and some of them have made their own videos. Some are slick, others homemade and campy, but they all share a common message: Stop idling! Here are some of our favorites.
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Eco Living

Let's Save 300,000 Gallons of Gas a Year

Aug 19th, 2013 | By Amy Leibrock

Since we launched our [Turn It Off anti-idling campaign](http://iturnitoff.com), thousands of people have pledged to stop unnecessary idling. Many people who signed the pledge have asked for ways to spread the word about idling in their local communities. We thought that was a great idea, so we just launched an anti-idling toolkit with free downloadable posters, flyers, and infographics, ready for printing and sharing.
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Innovation

Engine Start-Stop Systems

Jul 17th, 2013 | By Laura Waldman

As we continue our initiative to end unnecessary idling, we wanted to take a closer look at an existing technology that could go a long way to reduce the needless burning of gas at stoplights and drive thrus: engine stop-start systems.
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