DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 7, 2012) -
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Al MacPhee, veteran auto executive and current chair of The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, has teamed up with kids to help clear the air on 'IDLE myths' this Environment Week.
The main promotional vehicle is the 'IDLE-FREE Pace Car' - courtesy of MacPhee's leasing company in partnership with Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation and The Children's Clean Air Network.
As part of the campaign, MacPhee stars in a new YouTube public service announcement with local elementary students, while all ENSC employees took the pledge to go 'IDLE-FREE for our kids' at his dealership this week.
The 'pace car' and PSA will help drive the message at events in Nova Scotia and pledges via ENSC's Facebook page (promotional incentives on the page are exclusive to residents of Nova Scotia).
Efficiency Nova Scotia presented an 'IDLE-FREE for our kids' hockey jersey signed by all staff to MacPhee, Honourary Chair of the campaign and Ron Zima a.k.a. 'The IDLE-FREE Guy', founder of The Children's Clean Air Network.
"100 employee and family vehicles can easily save up to $200 each and as much as a half-ton in CO2 every year," says Zima. "That's $20,000 that stays in their pockets. Imagine what 1,000 Nova Scotians or 10,000 Canadians could save by going 'IDLE-FREE for our kids.' The numbers really add up."
"Driving is such a big part of our everyday operations - it makes perfect sense for our employees to carry this message as we help Nova Scotians use energy better," says Bill Turpin, Residential Program Manager for Efficiency Nova Scotia. "It's so simple - yet many of us need reminding. When we're parked and it makes sense, go 'IDLE-FREE for our kids'."
"I am delighted to have Efficiency Nova Scotia embrace our effort," says MacPhee.
One of Canada's leading auto executives for over 40 years, MacPhee says motorists across the country should consider the new driving habit. "Let's do this for our kids," MacPhee says. "Today's technology doesn't need a lot of IDLE-time, we need to make that clear."
"Cars and trucks are only a small piece of the emissions pie, however our industry plays a huge leadership role by inspiring this one small habit," he says. "When you're parked and it makes sense - turn the engine off. Together, we can save at least one Billion dollars at the pump, hundreds of thousands of tons of emissions, and help clear the air in cities across Canada."
About Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation
Efficiency Nova Scotia is an independent corporation set up by provincial legislation to administer energy efficiency programs for homes and businesses in Nova Scotia. For more information on Efficiency Nova Scotia programs or energy efficiency in general contact our program advisors at 1-877-999-6035 or visit www.efficiencyns.ca.
About MacPhee Ford / Leasing
MacPhee Ford, metro's newest automotive dealership, is schedule to open this coming summer.
With over 40 years of experience, automotive veteran Al MacPhee is pleased to be partnering with Ford of Canada.
In October 2011, MacPhee was installed as the Chairman of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association; a national association for franchised automobile and truck dealerships with over 2,800 members representing a key sector of the Canadian economy.
In 2001 the Better Business Bureau of the Maritime Provinces awarded MacPhee its prestigious Community Achievement Award. This award is presented to a business member in good standing that has shown both a long-term commitment to the BBB and been actively involved in its community. MacPhee remains the first and only automobile dealer in the Maritime Provinces to have received this award.
In 2007 Mr. MacPhee was presented with a Maritime Business Ethics Award for businesses with over 100 employees. MacPhee's previous dealerships have also won the MacLean's Dealer of Excellence Award, the Time Quality Dealer Award and The Summit Award.
Located on the former Forbes Chevrolet property on Portland Street in Dartmouth, the new MacPhee Ford is destined to be one of the leading Ford dealerships in the Maritimes.
About 'The IDLE-FREE Guy' and The Children's Clean Air Network
The Children's Clean Air Network is a network of like-minded partners promoting 'go green, go IDLE-IDLE Free for our kids'. The vision is to inspire North America to 'turn off its tailpipe - when it's parked.' The goal is to reduce vehicle emissions, ultimately saving billions of dollars in fuel and cutting millions of tons of greenhouse gas.
The Children's Clean Air Network began as a grassroots campaign in 2006 at Kingswood Elementary School, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Its founder is father of two and hockey dad, Ron Zima, also known as 'The IDLE-FREE Guy'. "Our kids are depending on us to take care of their planet. Hockey rinks, schools and public places are prime locations where kids depend on clean air and where together, we can have a huge impact by going IDLE-FREE for our kids."
Partner organizations include schools, businesses, media outlets, and health and environment organizations.
'Always-on' vehicle emissions impact the health and future of children and represent a significant loss of fuel and resources. The Children's Clean Air Network seeks to inspire the public and empower children to lead change.
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