As you look for parking places around town, you will see signs like the one pictured below encouraging you to follow ToJ Resolution 10-19 and not idle your car. This is an effort by the Town of Jackson to encourage residents and visitors to be mindful about their behaviors and to reduce fuel consumption whenever possible.

Reasons not to idle your vehicle

We all know that unnecessary idling is bad for our environment. Here are some additional reasons you may not have thought of to be idle-free:

  • Idling negatively affects our respiratory health
  • Idling wastes fuel and costs you money
  • Idling can cause needless engine wear
  • Idling causes noise pollution




WHEREAS, Willie Neal, a passionate believer in environmental issues who continually challenged people to take responsibility for the impacts of their actions and embodied the concept that Change Begins with an Individual, actively encouraged the Town of Jackson and local businesses to adopt idle-reduction strategies and policies through his Idle-Free Jackson Initiative; and

WHEREAS, idling a vehicle for more than ten seconds consumes more fuel than restarting that vehicle, resulting in excessive emissions, wasted fuel, and possible damage to the vehicle’s engine; and

WHEREAS, engine idling in cold temperatures causes acid build-up in engine oil causing added wear and tear to the engine; and

WHEREAS, petroleum fuels are non-renewable and should be used wisely and not wasted; and

WHEREAS, idling is a source of unnecessary roadside air pollution, increasing the risk of health problems for all residents and visitors, including the driver of the idling vehicle; and

WHEREAS, vehicle exhaust causes health problems such as asthma and lung disease, and heart disease; and

WHEREAS, children and elderly persons are the most susceptible to the negative effects of air pollution from motor vehicles; and

WHEREAS, W.S. § 31-5-509 recognizes the health and safety concerns of idling vehicles; and

WHEREAS, fossil fuel-based vehicle engines emit a range of gases and particulate matter, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide and other volatile organic compounds, which are directly linked to the accumulation of greenhouse gases; and

WHEREAS, state and local governments throughout the United States are adopting emission reduction targets and programs such as 10x10 Jackson Hole and that this leadership is bipartisan; and

WHEREAS Jackson, like many cities throughout the nation, is reducing polluting emissions through conservation and efficiency measures, which provide economic, health, and quality of life benefits; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Jackson has voluntarily implemented an idle-free program for Town of Jackson departments and employees, and this program has resulted in measurable reductions in fuel use and expenditures of public funds; and

WHEREAS, the Town Council desires to take a proactive stance on unnecessary engine idling to ensure the livability and viability of the Town of Jackson for its residents, visitors, and guests; and

WHEREAS, the Town Council encourages the reduction of idling on Town Streets and in public locations, such as schools, parking lots, and business centers; and

WHEREAS, it is the Town’s goal to reduce idling voluntarily, and voluntary measures undertaken by each citizen and visitor can have a lasting impact in the overall reduction of engine idling; and

WHEREAS, the Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition will, on its own, and in partnership with the Town and other like-minded organizations, continue to educate residents and guests of the detrimental effects of vehicle idling;  and


                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Jackson, Wyoming, in regular session duly assembled, that the Town of Jackson is committed to the continued education of Jackson residents, visitors, and guests regarding the harmful effects of unnecessary engine idling and will promote and publicize the efforts of the Town and partner organizations to reduce engine idling in the Town of Jackson. 


PASSED, APPROVED, & ADOPTED this 7th day of September, 2010.

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