The Kingston CAC has established a Wood Burning/Air Quality Sub-Committee to address air quality concerns in the City that are not already being addressed through the Climate Smart Kingston and Sustainability work being done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Two particular concerns include: 1) Particulates from Wood Burning and 2) Vehicle Idling
credit: Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Burning wood is one of the dirtiest ways to heat your home.
It contains tiny particles and toxic chemicals that can seriously affect health.
Based on data gathered from the U.S. Energy Information Administration it was estimated that 1,573.63 tons of wood was used as fuel in the City of Kingston in 2010. This created 193 tonnes of CO2e.
The Kingston Conservation Advisory Council:
- endeavors to educate residents about the health and environmental risks of burning wood. Listen now to a CAC interview on Wood Smoke Pollution with WKNY Radio Kingston's The Source with Hillary Harvey.
- works toward informed enforcement of current Air Pollution and Smoke Control code (http://ecode360.com/12699897) in conjunction with the Building Safety Division of the Kingston Fire Department.
- is examining other municipalities’ regulations and best practices regarding wood burning.
Community Call to action!
Learn More: Kingston CAC Wood Burning Informational Brochure
Burning wood or wood pellets is not simply a personal choice; it affects others. To protect your family’s and neighbors’ health, as
well as our community’s air quality, consider alternatives:
-Switch to gas, electric, or solar heat
-Switch to a gas or electric fireplace insert
-Do not burn wood outdoors
For more information
Contact Kingston CAC at CAC@kingston-ny.gov
-American Lung Association
Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
According to Kingston's Climate Action Plan (September 2012), idling an internal combustion engine can burn a half gallon to one gallon of fuel per hour, depending on the engine size and air conditioner (AC) use.
Recommendations from the Climate Action Plan to reduce transportation related emissions:
- Adopt local anti-idling ordinance.
- Work with local institutions and businesses such as Health Alliance to reduce vehicle idling.
- Work with delivery services to reduce vehicle idling.
- Work with Kingston City School District to reduce school bus idling by creating idle-free zones around schools.
- Investigate clean diesel technologies to reduce diesel emissions and their impact on human health.
- Replace old equipment with clean diesel equipment.
- Retrofit existing equipment to reduce diesel emissions.
- Examine and consider the use of bio-diesel in City equipment.
- Require any contractors within the City of use clean diesel equipment.
NYS Environmental Conservation Law prohibits heavy duty vehicles, including diesel trucks and buses, from idling for more than five (5) minutes at a time.
Simple tips to remember:
Drive at the speed limit
Avoid sudden stops or starts
Resist topping off the fuel tank
Check tire pressure monthly
Keep your vehicle well-maintained