Course Description

Professional or vocational drivers who take this eLearning will acquire knowledge, beliefs and habits that save fuel, while reducing carbon emissions, exhaust pollution, and added maintenance and lifecycle costs in both their personal vehicle(s) and work vehicle(s).

Earning an IDLE FREE for our kids® Certificate will demonstrate an individual’s commitment to idle reduction skills. These skills are valued highly by corporate fleets seeking to:

  • Reduce fuel and downstream costs.  
  • Be seen as health and environmental leaders in business and the communities they serve.

Going IDLE FREE can act as a ‘keystone habit’ for other eco-driving beliefs and behaviors: reducing speed, harsh acceleration and braking.

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Ron Zima ADpPR

IDLE FREE Guy™ Ron Zima ADpPR Ron Zima is a former cross-Canada radio / TV host and creator of IDLE FREE for our kids®, a cause which began at his kids elementary school in 2006. After realizing his own idling habit was adding tons of emissions and poor air quality, Ron was inspired by educators and students to develop a grassroots movement to inspire the public to go IDLE FREE. Since then, Ron and his team have transformed fleets and businesses to become IDLE FREE champions, helping them reduce fuel use and emissions while improving air quality in their communities. They’ve enlisted auto executives and corporate sponsorships while attracting media and community partnerships. They’ve won endorsements from U.S. industry, and the Olympics where their ‘IDLE FREE Bus’ transported the men's hockey teams. Ron is now recognized as the expert on idle reduction behavior modification. His social enterprise, GoGreen Communications are the leaders in idle reduction certification and branding for fleet operators. They are engaged with fleet operators in the U.S. and Canada, winning enthusiastic feedback for IDLE FREE for our kids® for Fleets. The award winning content is: Proven highly effective. Highly adaptable to a work fleet environment. Highly affordable. Find out more: Web: LinkedIn:

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Pre-Trip Check-In

    • 0.1 Let’s Go IDLE FREE. Here’s Why.

    • 0.2 IDLE FREE Road Map: What to Expect.

    • 0.3 Successfully Completing Lessons

    • Form 1 IDLE FREE Pre-assessment: What Do You Know?

  • 2

    MODULE ONE: Idler to IDLE FREE Guy™

    • 1.1 Module One: From Idler to IDLE FREE Guy™

    • 1.2 A Father’s Story

    • 1.3 Why We Idle

    • 1.4 What I've Saved. Wow!

    • EXHIBIT 1 Ron's Chalkboard Savings Math

    • 1.5 How to Earn Your IDLE FREE Certificate

    • Carbon Quiz 1: Why We Idle, Two Reasons

    • Carbon Quiz 2: What Did Ron $ave?

  • 3

    MODULE TWO: Our kids

    • 2.1 Module TWO: Our Kids

    • 2.2 IDLE FREE Kingswood Kids

    • 2.3 The Day We Met Rachel

    • 2.4.1. IDLE FREE Doctor Research

    • 2.4.2 Air Quality, Critical for Kids

    • 2.4.3 Diesel, Gasoline Difference

    • 2.4.4 Asthma Epidemic..?

    • 2.5 IDLE FREE Flash Mob!

    • Carbon Quiz 1: The Diesel, Gasoline Difference.

    • Carbon Quiz 2: Our Poster Girl

  • 4

    MODULE THREE: The Auto Experts

    • 3.1 The Auto Experts

    • 3.2 The Scoop on Idle-Time

    • 3.3 Re-Starts Are OK!

    • 3.4 IDLE FREE Cabin Heat

    • 3.5 Windows are Cool!

    • 3.6 IDLE FREE Accessory Power

    • 3.7 Let's Clear the Air on Exhaust

    • 3.8 The Hybrid Myth

    • 3.9 Clean Air Kids!

    • Carbon Quiz 1: IDLE Myth?

    • Carbon Quiz 2: The Hybrid Myth

  • 5

    MODULE FOUR: The Numbers

    • 4.1 Module Four: The Numbers

    • 4.2 Fleets: Good, Bad Idle-Time

    • 4.2.1 Fleets: Idle-Time Adds Up

    • 4.3 Parking Lots: Idling Adds Up

    • 4.4 Invisible Till Now: NYC's Emissions

    • Carbon Quiz 1: ‘Good’ Idle-Time - Corporate Fleet

    • Carbon Quiz 2: New York City’s Carbon Emissions in 2010

  • 6

    MODULE FIVE: Words and Actions

    • 5.1 Module Five: Words and Actions

    • 5.2 Start LAST, Stop FIRST

    • 5.3 Avoid Long Warm Ups

    • 5.4 Windows Are COOL!

    • 5.5 Waiting for Someone

    • 5.6 Traffic Delays

    • 5.7 Drive Thrus

    • 5.8 Puffer Theft

    • 5.9 IDLE FREE Words

    • 5.10 IDLE FREE Community

    • 5.11 Calculator Demo 2019

    • 5.12 Earning Your IDLE FREE Certificate

    • IDLE FREE Calculator: How much can you save going IDLE FREE?

    • Form 2 IDLE FREE Post Assessment - Earning your Certification!


5 star rating

Dion Brown

I think this program would be highly effective for the City of Durham.

I think this program would be highly effective for the City of Durham.

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5 star rating

Simple but highly effective

Earl Warren

I was intrigued by the fact that children can reach out and make us fill that we need to do more to help with the health of our people and our planet. The si...

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I was intrigued by the fact that children can reach out and make us fill that we need to do more to help with the health of our people and our planet. The simple but highly effective drawings are a great example.

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4 star rating

Idle Free

Andy Smith

Good overall presentation

Good overall presentation

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Jeff Brown