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Idle thoughts: 'Toolkit' to help make urban fleets greener

MERRILLVILLE – A nonprofit corporation has developed a new toolkit its leader says can reduce the amount of time urban truck fleets spend idling and worsening air pollution.

South Shore Clean Cities Inc.'s new IdleBox provides information that can help light- and medium-duty vehicles typically used in urban-based fleets cut the amount of time trucks sit with their engines running and releasing exhaust.

Executive director Carl Lisek says the IdleBox includes idling calculators, facts sheets and signs useful in reducing idling time. He says reducing unnecessary idling "can be easy to put into practice and often requires no, or little, financial investment."

Crown Point-based South Shore Clean Cities is an initiative of the Department of Energy.