Wellesley Green Schools says "Thank You" to the almost 500 drivers that have taken the pledge for cleaner and healthier air around our schools and in our community. If you haven't done so already, it's not too late!
Join your neighbors and friends and Take the Pledge With Me To Go Idle Free in 2023 by clicking here. You will become part of a community that recognizes that leaving your car on when not driving is unhealthy, expensive and illegal.
Did you know that motor vehicle exhaust accounts for more than 40% of Wellesley's greenhouse gas emissions and that each year, the US produces over 30 million tons of CO2 by idling? The Environmental Protection Agency reports that air toxins from idling are known to cause cancer, respiratory effects like asthma and other serious health effects. Idling is especially dangerous around schools because children are highly susceptible to air pollution from car exhaust. Children’s developing lungs have a smaller surface area and a higher inhalation rate (can be over 3x that of adults), which means greater exposure and potentially permanent damage to lung function.
Idling is also expensive. Each year in the US, personal-vehicle idling wastes about 3 billion gallons of fuel. With higher gas prices, this means idling is wasting money.
Idling can also cost you money in fines. In Wellesley, there is a $15 fine for idling which mirrors the state's anti-idling violation of $100.
Please reconsider habits and try something new. Take the pledge and Go Idle Free in 2023!
Thank you to Wellesley’s Climate Action Committee, Natural Resources Commission and Police Department as well as Wellesley Green Schools and Sustainable Wellesley for their work on the Go Idle Free in 2023 campaign.