Happening now: CoolMom in Fauntleroy, with don’t-idle advice

November 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm | In Environment, How to help, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

(Photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Out in the rain in their yellow safety vests, moms and kids from West Seattle-founded CoolMom are at the Fauntleroy ferry dock this afternoon, with a message for drivers as part of CM’s “Think Outside the Car” campaign. They’re distributing educational reminders including:

*10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it

*An idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than one traveling 32 mph

*Idling 5 minutes daily emits 30 pounds of toxic pollutants and 300 pounds of carbon dioxide in a year

Idling, of course, is not just a ferry-line problem – drive-throughs are another place you can shut your engine off and help clear the air. You can get involved in the No-Idle Campaign with the info you’ll find here.


  1. During the Spokane street reroutes, I would get stuck in line waiting on a train thru SODO. I would always just shut off and start reading a book or magazine in the car. I always have a book, newspaper or magazine in the car for waiting times.

    Comment by Amanda A — 2:24 pm November 17, 2012 #

  2. Way to go, moms & kids!

    Comment by J — 4:32 pm November 17, 2012 #

  3. Or drive a hybrid, and it’ll turn the engine off automatically whenever it isn’t actually needed.
    I’m all for reducing waste and pollution, but I do wonder where those numbers come from. “An idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than one traveling 32 mph” I’ve been looking all over the internet, and I see this factoid repeated many places, but haven’t found a single footnote to a scientific explanation as to why this would be so?
    Of course, it is intuitive that a bunch of idling cars are creating a whole bunch of pointless local air pollution that we’d all be better off without. But precise numbers like those – why is the car making 20 times as much pollution?
    The third statement has the idling vehicle using about twice the fuel that is in similar statements from the EPA.

    Comment by Lura Ercolano — 5:12 pm November 17, 2012 #

  4. Agenda 21 is what it sounds like to me… all the trees here in seattle need that carbon… THEY BREATHE IT

    Comment by Paul — 3:00 pm November 20, 2012 #

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