Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.77
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Nov. 9, 2010
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University of Colorado Boulder
Tier2-11: Prohibiting Idling

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Bryan Flansburg
Associate Director
Public Safety
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Has the institution adopted a policy prohibiting idling?:

A brief description of the policy:

This policy specifies the University of Colorado at Boulder's Practice relating to the idling of any and all university fleet vehicles. Idling refers to the operation of a motor vehicle or equipment, regardless of fuel type, while that vehicle is stationary.

Effective 11.4.2010, it is the Practice of the University of Colorado at Boulder that fleet vehicles will not be stationary with the engine operating for more than five (5) minutes unless it is essential for performance of work or otherwise specified below. When engines must be left operating for any reason, the operator will remain with the unit.

This vehicle idling Practice applies to all university owned or leased motor vehicles and equipment. It also extends to university contractors, subcontractors, and vendors doing business with the university.

The idling of gasoline and diesel vehicles and equipment wastes fuel, contributes to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and causes premature engine wear.

It is every university employee's responsibility to minimize fleet operating costs while reducing harmful effects to the environment. Violators may be subject to corrective and or disciplinary action.

The purpose of this Practice is to:
• Reduce fuel consumption and expenditures,
• Reduce vehicle engine wear,
• Protect the health of employees, students, visitors and the community through reduction of harmful vehicle emissions, and
• Reduce the volume of greenhouse gases attributed to vehicle emissions as part of the commitment by the university and the state of Colorado to climate protection.

The website URL where information about the policy is available:

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