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Idlebox Available to Region Fleets

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South Shore Clean Cities has launched a toolkit called “Idlebox” meant to help companies learn how to reduce the amount of time idling for many vehicles and cut the amount of pollution sent into the air. Executive Director Carl Lisek says IdleBox is a resource that provides information and solutions for light- and medium-duty vehicles typically used in urban-based fleets.  To hear our interview with Lisek visit News Audio on Demand here at our website.
"Idlebox includes a variety of tools from the U.S. Department of Energy, such as fact sheets, signs, posters and idling calculators, to help fleets implement idling reduction," said Lisek, who also is an executive at Purdue Research Park-based Legacy Environmental Services.  "Reducing unnecessary idling can be easy to put into practice and often requires no, or little, financial investment."
Idlebox resources are available as ready-to-use print products or customizable templates at the Clean Cities' website, or by contacting South Shore Clean Cities at 219-644-3690. South Shore Clean Cities is an initiative of the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
The Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center reports that more than 685 million gallons of diesel fuel are wasted annually as heavy-duty trucks idle. With the price of diesel around $4 per gallon, idling costs more than $2 billion each year.
Additionally, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that burning a gallon of diesel fuel produces more than 22 pounds of carbon dioxide, although that total is reduced to about 20 pounds for biodiesel.

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