Idling: More than just a City Ordinance

Last week, Houston’s City Council voted unanimously to enact a citywide ordinance limiting the idling of heavy-duty diesel vehicles. For those who might not be aware, the creation of an “anti-idling ordinance” in the city of Houston has been a goal of AAH for over two years. However, for me, the passage of the ordinance was more than AAH realizing one of its major long range goals, it reinforced my belief in the power of an organized and dedicated group of people. Below is a list of the people, organizations, and agencies that must be given credit for making the ordinance a reality:

  • Mayor Annise Parker
  • City Council Member Brenda Stardig, District A
  • City Council Member Jerry Davis, District B
  • City Council Member Ellen Cohen, District C
  • City Council Member Dwight Boykins, District D
  • City Council Member Dave Martin, District E
  • City Council Member Richard Nguyen, District F
  • City Council Member Oliver Pennington, District G
  • City Council Member Ed Gonzalez, District H
  • City Council Member Robert Gallegos, District I
  • City Council Member Mike Laster, District J
  • City Council Member Larry Green, District K
  • City Council Member Stephen Costello, At-Large 1
  • City Council Member David Robinson, At-Large 2
  • City Council Member Michael Kubosh, At-Large 3
  • City Council Member C.O. Bradford, At-Large 4
  • City Council Member Jack Christie, At-Large 5
  • Kathleen O’Reilly, President of the Museum Park Super Neighborhood
  • Laura Spanjian, Director of the COH Office of Sustainability
  • Lisa Lin, Sustainability Manager of the Mayor’s Office
  • Jane West, President of the Super Neighborhood Alliance
  • Daisy James, Bureau Chief of Houston’s Bureau of Pollution Control & Prevention
  • Patrick Key, Assistant Director of the COH Environmental Health Department
  • Melanie Scruggs, Houston Program Director of Texas Campaign for the Environment
  • Public Citizen
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Sierra Club
  • Texas Campaign for the Environment
  • Houston Advance Research Center
  • Texas Organizing Project
  • Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services
  • Citizens’ Environmental Coalition
  • League of Women Voters
  • Texas League of Conservation Voters
  • American Lung Association
  • The CoH Super Neighborhood Associations
  • The Houston Galveston Area Council
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • The North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • The City of Dallas
  • The City of Austin
  • The countless media outlets who covered this issue

And while everyone listed above was essential, I want to personally thank the thousands of individuals who wrote and called their city council member in support of this ordinance. We must continue to make Houston’s environment a priority for not only our elected officials but for everyone living and working in this amazing city.