Jan 20, 2009 – Three Middlesex Community College (MxCC) students performed in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) video “Wastebusters,” a spoof of Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters.” All three actors, David Therault, Lloyd Langevin and Lili Kinsman, are interns at the MxCC Corporate Media Center. Two other MxCC students, Rory Black and Judy Prill were crew members.
The four-minute “Wastebusters” show was produced by the Corporate Media Center at Middletown campus of MxCC. The “Wastebusters” video may be lighthearted but it addresses the deadly serious issue of fuel waste and air pollution caused by idling. During the production, the rigorous scientific tests conducted by the “Wastebusters” team show that an hour of idling wastes one-fifth of a gallon of gasoline. They are then able to calculate that if the 2.3 million passenger vehicles in Connecticut idled five minutes less each day, millions of gallons of fuel would be saved every year.
The second round of tests conducted in the show conclusively demonstrated that idling cars emit more fumes and pollutions than cars at rest. The “Wastebusters” team calculates that if every Connecticut driver were to idle five minutes less each day it would reduce green house gases and toxic emissions by more than 140,000 tons. That is the equivalent of taking 23,000 cars off the road.
DEP and the MxCC Media Center have partnered in production of three award-winning videos. The “Wastebuster” video can be viewed at www.ct.gov/dep.
CAPTION: Middlesex Community College student interns and actors Lloyd Langevin (l), Lili Kinsman and David Therault are shown in their “Wastebusters” costumes, in this still photo taken from the video.