Idle-Free California Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Sacramento County, CA. Idle-Free California primarily raises awareness of vehicles in California that idle when parked, a harmful, wasteful and largely unnecessary practice; it secondarily encourages green/eco-driving practice. Idle-Free California also advocates for the expansion of California's vehicle idling regulation beyond the current regulation for commercial diesels and school buses.
Idle-Free California began as Idle-Free VT in Vermont in 2006. Organization founder and executive director Wayne Michaud partnered with others to get enacted a Vermont school bus idling rule and then an all motor vehicle idling restriction law. From 2010-2012 he coordinated American Lung Association in Vermont programs that educated about fleet idling before business and municipal fleet managers and drivers. Idle-Free VT Inc. became a 501c3 organization in 2013 and was awarded grants to implement idle-free and eco-driving educational projects for Vermont businesses, municipalities, and schools. Along the way, Wayne Michaud was presented with the American Lung Association in Vermont's Air Quality Champion award in 2009, was one of five Sustainable America "Anti-Idling Heroes" in 2013, and received an accolade from the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation*.
After Wayne Michaud relocated to California in August 2016, Idle-Free VT Inc. legally became Idle-Free California Inc. by incorporating in California and filing an exempt organization name change with the IRS. Raising awareness about the negative impacts of unnecessary idling has continued in the Golden State with the organization's website and in print and social medias, establishing partnerships with other environmental and health organizations in the state, consulting with state government agencies, pushing for a regulation to limit the idling of light-duty vehicles on school property, and seeking to implement projects that educate about idling in the business, municipal and school communities.
*"In all my years at DEC, I'm hard-pressed to think of any Vermont citizen who has done more to help address an important environmental and public health issue like this one. Unnecessary vehicle idling is one of those problems that simply cannot be solved by Government alone. Citizen action and involvement are absolutely critical, and no one provides a better example of that than you."
Tom Moye, Mobile Sources Section Chief
Wayne Michaud, Executive Director Idle-Free California Inc.
6900 Navarro Ct., Citrus Heights, CA 95621
firstname.lastname@example.org • 707-548-1619
Wayne Michaud, Executive Director/President/Treasurer
Founder, Idle-Free VT / Idle-Free California.
David Polow, Director/Vice President
David is an attorney at Polow Polow & Mahoney with 34 years of legal experience in personal injury cases, auto collisions cases, insurance claims, foreclosures, mediation, bike accidents and pedestrian accidents. He lives in Hyde Park, VT.
Ellen Michaud, Director/Secretary
Ellen Michaud is an award-winning author and editor who creates original content for magazines, books, and websites.
Stu Fram, Director
Stu is a Senior Associate with RSF Social Finance, whose mission is “to create financial relationships that are direct, transparent, personal, and focused on long-term social, economic, and ecological benefit.” At RSF, Stu oversees the organization’s portfolio of Ecological Stewardship borrowers. He currently lives in Oakland, CA.
Wayne, 69, lives with his wife in Citrus Heights, CA. Wayne is an environmental advocate and fine artist.
A big reason why I chose to be an environmental advocate is, I simply care about our Earth. Living in Pennsylvania, from the early 1980s I began taking an interest in recycling and litter pick-ups. I would also turn off and restart the car engine in drive-thrus. Our family moved to Vermont in 1998, something we wanted to do for many years. We love Vermont's simple beauty and found Vermonters to be more giving, caring, tolerant, and honest. There's no question I have gotten satisfaction in doing my little part in helping preserve Vermont's beauty and to improve the quality of life. But after ten years, it was time to hand over our work in Vermont to others, and to tackle a bigger challenge (along with a desire to be nearer to our son, who lives in California).
Moving here felt like being traded from your long-time favorite team. But I am ready to "be a player on the new team" and grow to appreciate the awe and beauty of the Golden State. And while California is leading the nation in embracing non-idling vehicles, there is still a long way to go. So I relish the opportunity to continue helping to raise awareness of unnecessary idling, a low-hanging fruit way to help mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change and to improve air quality.