Did you know that idling your vehicle for more than 3 minutes is against the law in New Jersey? View state and local no-idling regulations.
That's because vehicle exhaust not only pollutes our air (it is the leading source of hazardous air pollution in New Jersey (source: NJDEP), but also puts people, especially children, at risk for asthma and other respiratory ailments, allergies, and possible long term problems. In addition, vehicles release potent
greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
NJEF, with the help of Chatham Township and Millburn Environmental Commission, has embarked on an "Idle Free New Jersey" campaign to educate New Jerseyans about the law, enforce no-idling hot spots, and ask schools and towns to adopt an "Idle Free New Jersey" pledge.
NJEF encourages all towns, schools, and individuals to help reduce idling. Our general rule of thumb: if you are going to be idling for more than 30 seconds, turn off your vehicle.
(Source: Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada)
To date, NJEF has helped Red Bank, East Windsor, and numerous other
towns and schools implement idle free campaigns. Read more about NJEF's
Idle Free New Jersey success stories!
NJ Environmental Federation's Idle Free New Jersey campaign is helping school kids turn education into action.
In Switlick Schools in Jackson, NJ Environmental Federation worked with students on designing a power point presentation on the importance of reducing vehicle and bus idling around the school. They presented it to the school and the town council, explaining the harm idling vehicles create and the benefits of reducing idling. The council agreed to do more to enforce the law and helped inititate an eductional no-idling campaign. As a result of their efforst, the students and teachers were given our "Grassroots Environmental Leadership Award" at our 23rd conference in April 2009.
NJ Environmental Federation also gave the student council of Saint Peter School an award for their work in promoting an "Idle Free New Jersey" campaign in their schools and their community. The students created a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) with the goal of teaching others to help clean up air pollution by turning off their idling vehicle engines. As a result of the kids work, Ocean County declared April to be "no idling" awareness month.
Listen to the PSAs: