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Turn your key, Be idle free | @TheU

Turn your key, Be idle free | @TheU

Olivia Juarez, a U student who helped spearhead the initiative as a project for the Honors College’s Urban Ecology & Sustainability Scholars group, got the idea from her experience coordinating idle-free ordinance, outreach and education for the Salt Lake City government. Though the city has an ordinance in place to prohibit unnecessary vehicle idling for longer than two minutes in all public spaces and public property, the ordinance doesn’t apply to the U campus.  “In general, it’s a misconception that [idling] isn’t a big deal, but most people don’t know that just two minutes of idling uses as much fuel as one mile of driving.  The impact that has on our environment is terrible,” said Juarez. “The problem with idling is that it’s an unconsciousness behavior. Most people just do it mindlessly while at the drive-thru or waiting to pick someone up.  My hope with this initiative is to make people more aware of when they’re idling and help them become engaged in the community movement to improve air quality; I feel like the U can lead progress on the movement.”

Source (full story): TURN YOUR KEY, BE IDLE FREE | @TheU