Sitting idle

By Mandy Cook | June 24, 2009

Memorial’s sustainability officers donned fluorescent safety vests and handed out stickers and brochures today to draw attention to the university’s newest idle-free zone.

Several idle-free signs were posted around the drop off area at the childcare centre at Burton’s Pond June 3 to mark Clean Air Day.

The officers will be carrying out the awareness campaign June 24-25 from 8:15-9:00 a.m. and 4:00-5:00 p.m. in front of the daycare. Parents will be encouraged to note the signs and asked to turn off their vehicles while bringing their children to the centre in the morning and collecting them after work.

The event marks the creation of the third idle-free zone on Memorial’s campus. The Arts and Administration building and the Education building – two established pick up locations – have already been posted as idle free.

Idling your car for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting your engine. For more information about how you can drive greener, contact or call the Sustainability Office at 737-2637.


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