Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet

For immediate release
November 29, 2021

Ted Rueter
[email protected]


Chapel Hill: Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet has just issued a revised version of a manual, “How to Fight Noise: A Guide to Reducing Community Noise Pollution.

The guide covers numerous important topics, including dealing with noisy neighbors, filing nuisance lawsuits, attracting media attention, influencing elected officials, meeting with the police, publicizing petitions, writing letters to the editor and press releases, noise ordinances, and quiet alternatives.  The revised manual is part of Noise Free America’s mission to “make quiet happen.”

The original manual was written by Lisa Monsen, a student at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin (where Noise Free America founder Ted Rueter taught in 2006-2007). The revised manual was edited by Noise Free America members Larry Elveru and Sherrill Franklin of West Grove, Pennsylvania.

Larry noted that “the new edition of ‘How to Fight Noise’ includes numerous suggestions for how to convince neighbors to knock off the noise and examples of local laws to improve the quality of life by reducing noise pollution.”

Sherrill stated that “for those plagued by noise, the revised ‘How to Fight Noise’ manual has facts about sources of noise, the effects of noise on health and property values, and how to effectively oppose noise in your community.  The manual also includes sample petitions and letters, along with successful strategies to help quiet down a noisy world.”

Ted Rueter, Noise Free America’s director, stated that “noise pollution is a scourge affecting the entire nation.  There are numerous sources of unnecessary noise, such as leaf blowers, motorcycles, boom cars, helicopters, back-up beepers, and barking dogs—and many others.  Noise Free America’s guide offers practical tips on how peace-loving citizens can fight back and reduce noise levels in their communities.”

Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet is a national citizens’ organization devoted to noise reduction.