|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||Sept. 13, 2013|
University of California, Davis
OP-T2-36: Prohibiting Idling
|0.25 / 0.25||
Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner
Office of Sustainability
Has the institution adopted a policy prohibiting idling?:
A brief description of the policy:
UC Davis has instituted idling prohibitions at various loading docks, building areas, and transit terminals. These efforts were prompted by concerns regarding indoor air quality and the need to ensure that vehicle emissions do not enter the air intake systems at adjacent buildings. The campus bus system operates with strong idling restrictions to reduce emissions and conserve fuel.
In addition, UC Davis adopted a mitigation measure (Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) Mitigation 4.3-3(c) for construction vehicles to limit unnecessary idling at construction sites.
From fleet vehicles and private vehicles used by campus members, the campus has adopted the following mitigation measure (LRDP Mitigation 4.3-1(a)):
• The campus shall continue to actively pursue Transportation Demand Management to reduce reliance on private automobiles for travel to and from the campus.
• Provide pedestrian-enhancing infrastructure to encourage pedestrian activity and discourage vehicle use.
• Provide bicycle facilities to encourage bicycle use instead of driving.
• Provide transit-enhancing infrastructure to promote the use of public transportation.
• Provide facilities to accommodate alternative-fuel vehicles such as electric cars and CNG vehicles.
• Improve traffic flows and congestion by timing of traffic signals to facilitate uninterrupted travel.
• When the campus purchases new vehicles, the campus will evaluate the practicality and feasibility of acquiring low-pollution vehicles that are appropriate for the task and will purchase these types of vehicles when practical and feasible. When replacing diesel engines in existing equipment, the campus will install up-to-date technology.
In addition, the campus adopted LRDP Mitigation 4.3-1(c) stating that: "The campus will work with the YSAQMD to ensure that emissions directly and indirectly associated with the campus are adequately accounted for and mitigated in applicable air quality planning efforts. The YSAQMD can and should adopt adequate measures consistent with applicable law to ensure that air quality standard violations are avoided."
The website URL where information about the policy is available:
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.