Friday, September 23, 2011

Idle Free Service Saves Over 4,000 Tons of Diesel Emissions

Utah Clean Cities giving away $500 in IdleAir services to truck drivers

September 23, 2011
Robin Erickson
(435) 652-4721 Ext. 138

SALT LAKE CITY –As part of its ongoing support of Idle Free Utah, IdleAir is working with Utah Clean Cities to give drivers and fleets an opportunity to “Turn your key, be idle free.” In conjunction with Idle Free Awareness Month, Utah Clean Cities will be giving away a total of $500 of IdleAir service to reduce vehicle emissions and help improve air quality along the Wasatch Front.

The Idle Free Awareness campaign began as a weeklong initiative in 2008 with the support of Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon. Since its inception, the program has grown into a month long endeavor with the support of Governor Gary Herbert and over 40 Utah mayors.

“Reducing our idling time is an action each of us can take to help improve our local air quality,” Mayor Ralph Becker said. “As our Council continues to consider an ordinance to establish a citywide idle free policy, we appreciate Utah Clean Cities, IdleAir and Sapp Bros. Travel Centers partnering with us to promote practices that will lead to cleaner, healthier air here in Utah.”
Since 2008, Utah Clean Cities and its partners have actively promoted Idle Free education in Utah schools. Now IdleAir and Sapp Bros are helping take the message to the long haul driver community.

“The surrounding community is very important to us here at Sapp Bros,” said Holly Cunningham, general manager. “Our goal for the IdleAir project is to reduce the unnecessary idling that detracts from the local air quality, and to use this opportunity to educate drivers about the financial and environmental benefits of being Idle Free.”

IdleAir is an electrification station that allows drivers to turn off their engines and plug in, giving them an alternative to idling during rest periods. With IdleAir, drivers enjoy the comfort of conditioned air and entertainment options while saving money and getting better sleep without the noise, vibration, and exhaust fumes from idling. Local drivers can use IdleAir at the Sapp Bros travel center, located at 1953 California Avenue in Salt Lake City (I-215, Exit 21/California Ave), as well as at 20 other locations around the country.

“Reduced idling is a simple and easy way we can improve our air quality,” said Mayor Corroon. “I applaud Utah Clean Cities, IdleAir, and Sapp Bros Travel Centers for raising awareness and giving truck drivers an opportunity to be idle free right here in Salt Lake County.”

IdleAir has provided over 400,000 hours of idle free service, and has reduced our demand for foreign oil by over 400,000 gallons in Salt Lake City alone. By choosing IdleAir as an idle free alternative, drivers and fleets have helped mitigate over 4,000 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.

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