One of the changes Willie Neal envisioned finally is going into effect.
Last week, Neal’s family and supporters put up the first few of 300 idle-free signs that will be installed around town in coming months.
The signs discourage motorists from leaving their engines running while parked, as per town resolution 10-19. The notices are part of a larger educational campaign that seeks to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions and improve air quality by reducing unnecessary idling.
The Willie Neal Environmental Awareness Fund, a nonprofit set up in memory of the late Nordic skiing standout and activist, raised $7,500 to pay for the signs and associated materials. The fund has been working with the Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition and Town of Jackson.
“The end goal is changing the culture in which we live,” said Neal’s mother, Mary, who has worked tirelessly on the campaign.
The signs will be erected on public property. Business owners who wish to have them installed for free on their property can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.