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This is like anything else. Once folks really stopped and thought about what idling actually does, it made them reconsider their actions, whether it meant simply putting on a coat and gloves for all passengers (old and young) in the car during the winter, or getting out of the car and standing in the shade during the summer months. The goal of this "Turn the Key, Be Idle Free" program is simply edu- cation. Readers will see the following information and change their habits. It is might be slow, but it is natural. n More than forty hazardous air pollutants are emitted from engine exhaust. n Ten seconds of idling wastes more fuel than restarting the engine. n Driving warms up your car two times faster than idling on a cold day. n Five minutes is the legal limit before violating Massachusetts State Law. n Penalties are $100 for the first offense and $500 for the second and subsequent offenses. n Children have developing respiratory systems, breathe fifty percent more air per pound of body weight than adults, and are closer to exhaust pipes. n Outdoor air pollution is one of the eight leading triggers for asthma attacks. n Every vehicle dropping off and picking up kids at one school generates three pounds of pollution per month. n One gallon of gas produces seventeen pounds of CO 2 – a contributor to greenhouse gases. n Two minutes of idling uses as much fuel as traveling one mile. Idling is not simply a Wellesley issue, or a school car lines concern. However, Wellesley Green Schools wanted to start the conversation in its town, in its community, hoping it would spread like wildfire. Luckily, Wellesley Green Schools is one of many active organiza- tions in town building the green consciousness. This made the news travel fast. For example, Sustainable Wellesley put out a challenge to encourage folks not to idle for one week. It is similar to bringing your own bags to the grocery store, or using reusable items to pack a school or work lunch. When folks challenge themselves to do it for a week, it becomes habit forming. Think about turning your key the next time you are waiting in the car. It can improve public health, protect the environment, and enhance the quality of life. Many thanks, Wellesley Green Schools You can learn more about some of the programs WELLESLEY GREEN SCHOOLS is doing such as no idling, green-certifying classrooms, and much more by going to www.WellesleyGreenSchools.com. Want to get involved? Email them at info@WellesleyGreenSchools.com. opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green 47 s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Want to go beyond the schools? Follow Sustainable Wellesley on Facebook and/or sign up for their newsletter by visiting www.sustainableWellesley.com. 046-047_WWMb14_forum_sum14_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 1:42 PM Page 47

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