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Idling Your Car

On cold mornings, it is tempting to go out and "warm up" your vehicle before driving to work. But did you know that idling your vehicle for more than 10 seconds can use more fuel than restarting your engine, and that idling your vehicle for 10 minutes uses as much fuel as it takes to travel five miles? Idling can be a waste of natural resources, generate excessive noise and be a cause of air pollution that can be harmful to children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems. Several states, such as Massachusetts, have car idling laws under which a person can be fined as much as $500 if he or she idles a vehicle for more than five minutes unless it is an emergency situation or stuck in traffic. So help us all breathe a little easier and keep idling down to a bare minimum.

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Rideshare Database Registration

The Memphis & Shelby County Health Department Pollution Control, Air Quality Improvement Branch maintains a database of individuals who work in the Memphis Urbanized Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Area and have expressed a desire to commute to work via carpool, vanpool, transit or bicycle.

The following link allows registration to this database. The link will take you outside of the University of Memphis website and is not affiliated with the University of Memphis. Vride.com

Go Green! Save Some Green!

Gas prices and energy costs are soaring. Students, faculty and staff members can go green and save some green by carpooling. The U of M carpool channel is easy to use and conveniently located within the Spectrum portal.

Instructions for using the U of M Carpool Channel

  1. Log into the Spectrum Portal using your UUID and TigerLan/email password.
  2. After entering the portal, you will see the "Carpool Information" channel block in the right-hand column under the "Home" tab page.
  3. To REGISTER or EDIT your carpool listing: Click the "U of M Carpool Registration/Edit" link and complete the form.
  4. TO VIEW OTHER LISTINGS: Click the "Current U of M Carpool Listings" link.




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