To further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the University of Calgary announced yesterday that it will soon be idle-free.
Beginning in January, the U of C will institute a campus-wide idling ban on all vehicles.
“The idle-free initiative is one of the many steps within our Climate Action Plan that helps us to be able to move forward in tangible ways with emissions reductions,” said Joanne Perdue, director of sustainability at the university.
“It allows everyone, individuals on campus to step-up and help make that change,” she said.
Manager of grounds and motor pool, Doug Wilson, said they are currently in the process of educating students and staff on the idling ban.
“Parking services in January 2011 will have the ability to issue citations for infractions of idling for more than three minutes,” he said, adding the fine will likely be minimal.
Perdue said she hopes this initiative will encourage other institutions around the city to follow suit.
“We have set a goal as an institution to be a North American leader in campus sustainability and we’re aggressively working towards that.”