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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.

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Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of Florida
Tier2-11: Prohibiting Idling

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Complete Expired Stephanie Sims
Implementation Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution adopted a policy prohibiting idling?:
Yes

A brief description of the policy:

UF has set idling guidelines for campus- drivers of University owned or operated vehicles are strongly encouraged to:

•Ensure that University vehicles and equipment do not idle for any unnecessary length of time, unless idling the vehicle is required to perform work-related tasks.
•Minimize idling and conserve fuel whenever possible.
•Ensure that assigned vehicles are properly maintained, and specifically that emission control systems and components in vehicles are functioning properly.
•Ensure that tires are properly inflated. Under-inflation decreases fuel economy and reduces the life of the tire.
•Plan and map out trips to minimize distances traveled.
•Avoid fuel-inefficiency by accelerating gradually and anticipating stops to avoid sudden breaking.
•Observe posted speed limits. Driving at excessive speeds reduces fuel economy, increases air pollution, creates hazardous driving conditions, and is unlawful.
•Carpool, bike, walk or ride buses whenever possible or practical.
•Schedule meetings wisely, especially if travel is required, to minimize the travel of the majority of the participants.
•Reduce the amount of vehicle warm-up time. Consult vehicle manual to determine the manufacturer’s recommendations for guidance on idling in extreme weather conditions.
•Eliminate unnecessary weight in the vehicle.


The website URL where information about the policy is available:
http://sustainable.ufl.edu/wp-content/docs/IdlingGuidelines.doc
+ Date Revised: July 11, 2011

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