Agree to be Idle-Free!
Most drivers are guilty of idling their cars for several minutes before driving in the winter. This habit has been made even easier by remote starters that allow you to start the car from your house well before you are ready to head out the door. Idling may seem harmless, but it has significant financial and environmental impacts. According to Natural Resources Canada, if all Canadians avoided unnecessary idling for 3 minutes each day, we would save over $630 million per year and prevent the release of 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere.
A popular myth is that cars need to warm up before being driven in the winter. Research shows that modern cars do not need to idle, and they warm up much faster while driving.
Here are some tips to help you reduce your idling:
- Leave extra time in the morning to scrape the snow and ice off your windhield instead of waiting for the car to heat up
and defrost it.
- Ditch that remote starter! It may seem convenient to start your car from the house and get your seat warmed up, but let’s face it – it’s an unnecessary luxury that is hard on the planet and on your wallet.
- If you are stopped in traffic, stopped at a rail crossing, or waiting for a passenger for longer than 60 seconds, shut your engine off. The same goes for a drive-thru
– if you are placing a long order or waiting for food, shut it off.
- In Toronto, it is illegal to idle for longer than 60 seconds. Use this as a rule of thumb!
“Act Locally - Think Globally”
The climate is changing, the economy is changing, and our demographics are changing. Everything is changing except for one thing - Colchester is a great place to live, work and play!
Colchester Council wants to make sure our community remains a great place and if it does change, it changes for the better. We want to make Colchester a vibrant, healthy and sustainable community.
What is Sustainability?
Sustainable is a commonly used expression today, but what does it mean? The United Nations have put a lot of effort into sustainable communities and development. In 2002 they developed a vision statement and guiding principles for sustainable communities known as the “Melbourne Principles for Sustainable Cities”. In August 2009, the Municipality of Colchester adopted the Melbourne Principles as a guiding document for the development of a Sustainable Colchester. The Melbourne Principles also provide a global context to efforts that take place in Colchester.
At the same time Colchester Council also adopted a Vision Statement and draft goals that will guide the development of a Sustainable Community Plan. Colchester’s Vision Statement is:
“To create a sustainable Colchester that is prosperous, vibrant, healthy and caring; where decisions that are made today do not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
In order to achieve sustainability, communities must plan with an understanding of the consequences of its actions today on the future. Municipalities are encouraged to consider the “four pillars” of community sustainability to provide a holistic approach . The four pillars are of community sustainability are:
- Economic Viability
- Environmental Responsibility
- Social Equity
- Cultural Vitality
Everyone has a role to play in making Colchester more sustainable. From individuals and families to business and Municipal government we all impact our community and can make changes to lessen that impact.
Where do we go from here?
This website offers a number of options on the left side bar that might be of interest.
- Sustainability Survey - The short survey asks for your input into what is important when you think about Colchester in the future. We ask that you take a few minutes to complete the questions and let us know what is important to you.
- Sustainability Links - Want to learn more about the Sustainability movement and what we can do as a community? There are a number of links to various other websites dedicated to both Climate Change and Sustainable living.
- pdf Sustainable Colchester 2029 (12.21 MB) - A twenty year plan to set the course toward sustainability for Colchester's next 150 years.
Sustainable communities is a new way of thinking but it is an idea that is here to stay.