Based upon the recommendation of the Sustainability Committee comprised of faculty, staff and students, the University of Houston has begun the process of adopting an Anti-Idling Initiative.
The anti-idling initiative is part of the university’s commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable environment for all members of the UH community, and is designed to be positive and health-directed.
Enforcement of the initiative will be achieved primarily through education, awareness and a spirit of cooperation. All campus vehicle users are expected to support the initiative by adhering to existing Texas Clean Air Policies. Individuals noticing violations should strive to be non-confrontational and respectful when communicating this initiative to idling vehicles.
In summary, the Anti-Idling Initiative:
- Prohibits Idling a vehicle engine on the UH Main Campus and the Energy Research Park, including all grounds, sidewalks and parking areas owned or operated by UH
- Aligns UH with existing City of Houston, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Texas Clean Air Act policies.
- Effective implementation relies on the courtesy, respect and cooperation of all members of the UH community. If someone is seen idling a vehicle on university property, any member of the UH community may inform the vehicle operator of the policy and request that he/she comply. Individuals who are reported to the Sustainability Committee for non-compliance will receive a message reminding them of the initiative. There are no plans at this time to issue citations or fines, or to report anyone to their supervisor.
In a broader sense, the anti-idling initiative is another benefit of attending or working for a Tier One-designated university. Other benefits include reduced carbon footprint and cleaner campus air.