Idle-Free California Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Sacramento County, CA. The organization's founder and executive director is Wayne Michaud. Idle-Free California raises awareness of the impact of vehicle idling in California, particularly idling when parked - a harmful, wasteful and largely unnecessary practice. Idling reduction is a low-hanging fruit opportunity to improve air quality and health, reduce carbon emissions, conserve energy, and save money.
Idle-Free California raises awareness of the vehicle idling issue with the organization's website, in print and social media, establishing partnerships with supporting environmental and health organizations in the state, conferring with state government agencies, pushing for expansion of California's heavy-duty only idling regulation, and seeking to implement idle-reduction education projects before business and municipal fleets, and in the school community.
Idle-Free California also strongly advocates green/eco-driving practices.
Prior to Wayne's relocation to California from Vermont in 2016, Idle-Free California began as Idle-Free VT in 2006. Wayne partnered with others in the legislative enactment of a Vermont school bus idling rule in 2008 and then an all motor vehicle idling restriction law in 2013. 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 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*.
*"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
Air Quality and Climate Division, Vermont DEC
Wayne Michaud, Executive Director Idle-Free California Inc.
6900 Navarro Ct., Citrus Heights, CA 95621
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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 38 years of legal experience in personal injury cases, auto collisions cases, insurance claims, foreclosures, mediation, bike accidents and pedestrian injury claims. He resides in Hyde Park, VT.
Ellen Michaud, Director/Secretary
Ellen Michaud is an editor-at-large for Live Happy Magazine. She is an award-winning author and editor who creates original content for magazines, books, and websites.
Stu Fram, Director
Stu is Manager, Climate and Environment, with RSF Social Finance. Their 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 resides in San Francisco.
Richard Battersby, Director
Richard is an Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Oakland, CA and Executive Director of the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition. He has over 26 years in the fleet industry implementing sustainable fleet practices while managing private sector, federal, state, county, and city fleets. He resides in Fairfield, CA.
A big reason why I chose to be an environmental educator is, I care about our Earth and human health. 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 the desire to be nearer to our son, who lives in California).
Moving here felt like being traded from your long-time favorite team. But now I am "a player on the new team". And as I grow to appreciate the awe and beauty of the Golden State, I have joined with others in embracing the challenge of preserving as much of this as we can, and to improve the quality of life of Californians.
We are fortunate that California is leading the nation in embracing the clean transportation future. As of 2018, 12 percent of new car sales are hybrid and electric. But that leaves a great majority of new internal combustion engine vehicles* being sold, combined with existing vehicles on the road that can last a decade or more. As we still have a long way to go for technologies that will eliminate idling to take hold, I will continue to work with supporting organizations, confer with regional and state agencies and the legislature, and seek to implement idle-free educational efforts to raise awareness of unnecessary vehicle idling.
*20 percent of these vehicles are now equipped with stop-start systems that turn engines off at stop lights. However, driver dissatisfaction levels have led auto manufacturers to include a stop-start deactivation button on some models; for models that do not, after market deactivation devices or instruction are common on the internet.