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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.20
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v1.2

George Washington University
OP-T2-36: Prohibiting Idling

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Mark Ellis
Sustainability Project Facilitator
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution adopted a policy prohibiting idling?:
Yes

A brief description of the policy:

GW adheres to the District of Columbia's anti-idling legislation.

To reduce these emissions, the District has implemented a law to limit engine idling. The District's engine idling law is one of the strictest in the country. With a few exceptions, motor vehicles powered by gasoline or diesel are not allowed to idle for more than three minutes while the vehicle is parked, stopped or standing. Some exemptions apply:

- Private non-commercial passenger vehicles are exempt
- When temperatures are below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, vehicles may idle for no more than five minutes
- Engines may idle when they are necessary for the operation of power takeoff equipment such as dumping beds, cement mixers, refrigeration systems, content delivery equipment, winches, or shredders

Any person or organization owning or operating a vehicle seen violating this regulation will be issued a civil infraction ticket for $1000 for a first-time violation. Once a company is convicted of violating the engine regulation, the fine on subsequent idling tickets will be double the amount of the previous fine. Historically, the most frequent violators of the engine idling regulation in the District are tour buses, delivery vehicles, construction vehicles, taxi cabs, and solid waste hauling trucks.

GW monitors shuttle buses and other drivers on campus to ensure compliance with this policy.


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