Thursday, January 19, 2023
Excessive vehicle idling can increase air pollution. In this webinar, we speak with representatives from the City of St. Albert and the City of Edmonton about their idling bylaws, resources for residents and how bylaw officers work to educate the public. The Alberta Motor Association also lends some advice on vehicle idling times, and considerations for reducing your idling time. The presentations are followed by a facilitated live Q&A with webinar participants and guest speakers.
- Heather Wheeliker, Program Manager, Community Outreach, City of Edmonton
Heather will share with us the public information pieces about anti-idling that are available from the City of Edmonton for citizens to access. The City’s efforts and materials are designed to encourage no—or less—vehicle idling, and are freely accessible on their website. Heather will also touch on the City’s voluntary anti-idling bylaw.
- Payton Homeak, Environmental Coordinator; Community Strategy & Engagement, City of St. Albert
Payton’s presentation will provide an overview of the City of St. Albert’s Idle-Free Bylaw, which was first approved in 2008 and updated in 2018 to reduce the idling of parked vehicles and help educate residents about how they can impact air quality in their community. It will highlight key lessons learned, engagement tactics, and how the City of St. Albert will address air quality in their long-range plans.
- Dominic Schamuhn, Manager of Advocacy, Alberta Motor Association
At some point we’ve all done it, but it’s not necessary to leave your vehicle idling (not even in winter). The reality is modern vehicles don’t need a lot of time to ‘warm up’—not only does it waste fuel (and cost you more the next time you need to fill up), it also creates unnecessary pollution and impacts air quality.
Want to catch recordings of previous 2022 Clean Air Webinars?
- February: How the Federal CAAQS Informs Air Quality
- March: Alberta’s Air Monitoring Plan – The Next Five Years
- April: Camrose Project – Community Science, Environmental Studies, and Flow2 Air Quality Sensors
- May: What to do About Wildfire Smoke and Poor Air Quality Days
- June: Exploring the Relationship Between Climate Change & Air Quality
- September: Climate Change & Air Quality Linkages—Implications for Health
- October: Reduced Transportation from COVID—Impacts on Air Quality
For more information
Julie Kusiek, Engagement Coordinator
West Central Airshed Society