Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.90
Liaison Hannes Gerhardt
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of West Georgia
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Hannes Gerhardt
Sustainability Director
Department of Geosciences
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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?:
Yes

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

UWG PROCEDURE NUMBER: 7.9.5, Vehicle Idling
Authority: UWG POLICY 7.9 (Motor Vehicles)

The Chief Business Officer, pursuant to the authority of UWG Policy 7.9, establishes the following procedures for idling vehicles on or off campus:

A. Definitions
Idle – allow the engine of a vehicle to run without the vehicle in motion.
University vehicle – any wheeled, self-propelled conveyance used for the transportation of materiel or personnel. Regarding this Procedure, this definition includes motorized carts, all-terrain vehicles, cars, trucks, and vans.
B. Procedures Regarding Vehicle Idling
1. Employees shall not let university vehicles idle for more than 3 minutes unless:
a. Idling is necessary to defrost windows.
b. Air conditioning or heat is needed on transit buses to ensure passenger comfort.
c. Emergency or service vehicles must run to perform needed work.
d. Any other safety or operational condition, as approved by the chain-of-authority.
2. For any operational or safety condition that exempts idling identified in B.1. of this Procedure, idling shall not exceed 25 minutes unless an emergency exists and vehicle idling is necessary.

Unnecessary vehicle idling has an impact on fuel costs, maintenance costs, air quality, and carbon emissions.

Department heads that operate UWG vehicles are authorized and encouraged to develop their own standards that qualify their “operational purposes.” Such standards may include passenger comfort or engine performance.


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

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:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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