No Idling Policy
As part of efforts to improve fleet fuel efficiency at the University of Connecticut, the potential for releasing a no-idling policy or statement campus-wide is being explored.
Modeling the efforts after those implemented at the University of Buffalo, the following key benefits to promoting a no-idling practice on campus were identified:
Why Support a No-Idling Policy?
- Economics: Saving fuel means less money spent.
- Human Health: Idling is usually done close to buildings, which can lead to poor air quality, especially indoors if idling is done close to building's air intake.
- Environmental Benefits: Saving fuel means less emissions.
- Vehicle Durability: When idling, the engine is running at lower than its optimum operation temperature, which over time can cause problems.
In the future, the University hopes to implement a no-idling recommendation statement as a part of its good stewardship and better environmental practices goals as well as to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions.