Agnes Scott First Georgia College to Prohibit Idling

Monday, January 25, 2010

Trucks and service vehicles won’t be able to keep their engines humming while at Agnes Scott College—the college is the first educational institution in Georgia to prohibit idling on campus, according to The Clean Air Campaign, a not-for-profit organization that works with partners, Georgia employers, commuters and schools to encourage actions that result in reduced traffic congestion and improved air quality.

Clean Air Campaign LogoTrucks and service vehicles on campus will now be required to turn off their engines while making deliveries. “No Idle Zone” signs will be placed in the three areas where service and delivery vehicles frequently operate while on campus. Drivers will be expected to cut off their engine upon arrival and restart engines only after loading or unloading is complete and the vehicle is ready to depart. The new policy excludes safety and emergency vehicles, electric vehicles and trailer engines used solely to control freight temperatures.

Agnes Scott and The Clean Air Campaign partnered to develop the policy.

“We are taking advantage of all The Clean Air Campaign’s programs to encourage alternative transportation, so we thought it was important to also respond to their request to prohibit idling. This partnership has resulted thus far in a marked increase in use of alternative commuting options by staff and faculty, and now it will result in an educational effort about the emissions of idling vehicles,” said Susan Kidd, the college’s director of sustainability.

The “No Idle” policy was created to reduce wasted fuel; improve air quality on campus and in the region; and to protect campus workers, students and visitors from potentially harmful emissions.

“Prohibiting unnecessary engine idling on campus through no-idle zones and policies has an immediate, positive impact on the quality of the air we breathe. With ozone, greenhouse gases and a host of toxics coming from tailpipes in close proximity to people, these programs make a lot of sense. Agnes Scott is the first college The Clean Air Campaign has partnered with to implement a no-idling policy, demonstrating the school’s commitment to cleaner air,” said Kevin Green, executive director of The Clean Air Campaign.

The policy is the latest in a series of wide-ranging sustainability initiatives at Agnes Scott designed to reduce the college’s environmental impact. In the fall, the college began a composting program in its residence halls and dining hall and also completed a comprehensive, long-term Climate Action Plan, part of a commitment made with about 650 other institutions all over the country who signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to reduce their impact on the environment. Agnes Scott’s CAP outlines strategies and five-year targets designed to achieve “climate neutrality” in time for its 150th anniversary in 2039.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.