Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.27
Liaison Jane Stewart
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Washington and Lee University
IN-49: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Jane Stewart
Energy Specialist
Treasurer's office
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Vehicle Idling Policy

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The purpose of this policy is to eliminate unnecessary idling of all vehicles on University property. Vehicle idling wastes fuel, degrades air quality, and causes unnecessary emission of pollutants and greenhouse gases that are harmful to human health and enhance the natural greenhouse effect. This policy is in accordance with the University's Climate Action Plan and is supported by current research1 that shows:

Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and emits more CO2 than engine restarting.
Idling is not a recommended method for allowing modern vehicles to warm up. Driving, increasing speed gradually, is more efficient and safer for the vehicle.
In the U.S., idling wastes roughly 6 billion gallons of fuel annually - half from personal use vehicles - and generates roughly 30 million tons of CO2.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Air & Climate

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

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

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