Take Five for Clean Air

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

MORPC is announcing a new partnership with COSI to install No-Idling signs at their downtown Columbus facility. By asking visitors and staff not to idle their vehicles, COSI and other Central Ohio organizations aim to help improve air quality in the region. Why is it important to reduce unnecessary vehicle idling?

  • Less idling means less fuel and money wasted. Thirty seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it.
  • Unnecessary idling puts wear and tear on the engine.
  • Vehicle exhaust can aggravate heart and lung conditions.
  • Vehicles contribute to ozone and particle pollution, which can pose health risks to the community at large.

“We’re committed to helping local businesses and governments make no-cost or low-cost changes to improve air quality, promote health, and conserve energy,” said MORPC Air Quality Program Coordinator Evelyn Ebert.

MORPC has several signs available free of charge to local governments, schools, businesses and other organizations within the 12-county region that are interested in joining the effort. The organization must have an internal no-idling policy in place for employees. If a policy doesn’t currently exist, MORPC can provide templates and work with organizations to help develop the language. Other partners joining MORPC in this effort include City of Columbus, City of Gahanna, Metro Parks, SWACO and Accurate IT. 

Developing a workplace No-Idling policy is one of many voluntary actions employers can commit to as part of MORPC’s Take Five for Clean Air campaign. Take Five is an online pledge of five or more actions that help improve air quality over time, as well as specific actions to take in the event of an Air Quality Alert. 

For more information on the No-Idling campaign or to learn more about Take Five for Clean Air, please contact Evelyn Ebert at or 614.233.4168.