Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.27
Liaison Konrad Schlarbaum
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Jim Spice
Executive Director of Parking and Transportation
Parking and Transportation Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have policies and/or guidelines in place to improve outdoor air quality and minimize air pollutant emissions from mobile sources on campus?:

A brief description of the policies and/or guidelines to improve outdoor air quality and minimize air pollutant emissions from mobile sources:

UCCS has adopted a set of no-idling guidelines. The language is as follows:
UCCS No-Idling Guidelines

A. Idling Reduction:

The following limitations are to be followed for any vehicle operating on the UCCS campus and for any UCCS fleet vehicle whenever in operation.
1. No person shall allow a vehicle to idle for more than five (5) minutes in any one-hour period unless:
(1) The ambient outside air temperature has been less than twenty (20) degrees Fahrenheit for each hour of the previous twenty-four (24) hour period; or
(2) The latest hourly ambient outside air temperature is less than ten (10) degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Vehicles shall never be left idling when unattended. Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1206, more commonly known as the "puffer" law, allows law enforcement officers across the state to immediately ticket individuals who have left a vehicle running unattended for any period of time.

B. Idling Exceptions:

Exceptions to this guideline have been identified for the following circumstances:

a) When idling for up to twenty minutes in any sixty-minute period if the ambient temperature is less than ten degrees.
b) When it remains motionless because of highway traffic, an official traffic control device or signal, or at the direction of a law enforcement officer;
c) When the driver is operating defrosters, heaters, or air conditioners or is installing equipment only to prevent a safety or health emergency, and not for rest periods;
d) In the case of a law enforcement, emergency, public safety, or military vehicle, or any other vehicle used to respond to an emergency, when it is responding to an emergency or being used for training for an emergency, and not for the convenience of the vehicle operator;
e) When necessary for required maintenance, servicing, or repair of the vehicle;
f) During a local, state, or federal inspection verifying that the equipment is in good working order if required for the inspection;
g) During the operation of power take-off equipment if necessary for operating work-related mechanical or electrical equipment;
h) In the case of an armored vehicle, when a person is inside the vehicle to guard its contents or during the loading or unloading of the vehicle;
i) University shuttle busses. See Attachment C.
j) University Police vehicles due to the quantity of electronics required in the vehicles.

Has the institution completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary campus sources or else verified that no such emissions are produced?:

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) ---
Sulfur oxides (SOx) ---
Carbon monoxide (CO) ---
Particulate matter (PM) ---
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:

The university is participating in an ozone study with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. This is citizen science on the campus to record the effects of ground level ozone on plants. However, it is not measure in quantities.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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