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CLEAN AIR CORRIDOR : FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Clean Air Corridor (CAC)?
Why was the CAC created?
Where will the Clean Air Corridor be located?
When will the Clean Air Corridor go into effect?
What does a pollution-free area include?
How will maintenance vehicles access the park blocks and campus?

What does the smoking policy say about smoking on Campus?
Is smoking permitted at Trimet bus and MAX stops?
What other schools have smoke or tobacco-free?
Will there be enforcement?
Where will smokers be directed to go?
What about the rights of people to smoke?
Are there additional resources for smokers on campus?

What if I have questions or comments about the CAC?

How can I get involved in efforts to support the CAC?

Are leaf blowers really a problem?

What is the Clean Air Corridor (CAC)?
The Clean Air Corridor is a designated corridor targeted as a pollution-free zone, prohibiting smoking and the creation of air pollutants such as exhaust from idling vehicles, gas powered leaf blowers, pressure washers, and small utility vehicles.

Why was the CAC created?
The Clean Air Corridor represents a positive step forward in PSU’s ongoing efforts to provide a healthy, safe, and sustainable environment for all members of the campus community. The goal is to protect all who live, work, study or visit the campus from health concerns associated with second hand smoke and other air pollutants. Portland State is taking steps to align with other Oregon University System Universities, regional Community Colleges, and at least 10 other higher education institutions in Portland that have smoke-free campus efforts and policies.

In response to documented complaints to Multnomah County about second-hand smoke, and in an effort to provide consistency in our leadership on sustainability and our commitment to student success, a sub-group of the Executive Committee charged the Healthy Campus Initiative Team to implement the existing smoking/tobacco policy. As the heart of campus, the CAC is the most frequented area for students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Where will the Clean Air Corridor be located?
The CAC will be located from the north end of Lincoln Hall to the south end of Shattuck Hall.
The CAC includes three of Portland State’s most used buildings: Cramer and Neuberger Halls and the Smith Memorial Student Union; and two high-profile LEED certified buildings, Lincoln and Shattuck Halls. This Corridor is viewed as the heart of campus and currently has multiple sustainability efforts underway including solar panels, hydration stations, water/energy conservation measures, emergency blue lights, recycling/composting, access to bike lanes, and proximity to the Portland Farmer’s Market, the Electric Avenue, the Eco Learning Plaza, and the planned Green Streets initiative.

When will the Clean Air Corridor go into effect?
An educational campaign will start in Fall Quarter 2012 with initial implementation beginning January 1, 2013.

What does a pollution-free area include?
A pollution-free area includes no smoking, no idling vehicles, minimized use of gas-powered landscaping equipment such as mowers, small utility vehicles, and leaf blowers or electric alternatives.

How will maintenance vehicles access the park blocks and campus?
The corridor between Lincoln and Neuberger on Mill street, where the Portland Streetcar currently runs, will be the designated access point.

What does the smoking policy say about smoking on Campus?
Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet from entrances and exits, air intake vents, operable windows of buildings, or where otherwise prohibited by signage. For detailed information, please see Portland State’s smoking policy http://pdx.edu/healthycampus/psu-smoking-policy.

Is smoking permitted at Trimet bus and MAX stops?
Trimet policy states that, “Smoking is prohibited on buses and trains, and where posted at bus shelters, WES/MAX stations and transit centers. If you smoke, be considerate of your fellow riders by moving away from the shelter or station. Maximum penalty: $250/exclusion.” http://trimet.org/howtoride/rules.htm

What other schools have smoke or tobacco-free?
+ = 100% smoke-free campus
Portland Community College
University of Oregon
Oregon State University
Oregon Health Sciences University+
Chemeketa Community College
Corban College +
East West College +
Mt. Hood Community College +
Multnomah University +
National College of Natural Medicine
Northwest Christian University +
Oregon Coast Community College (3 campuses) +
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine +
Pacific University – Health Professions Campus +
Portland Community College, Cascade campus +
Portland Community College, Rock Creek campus +
Tillamook Bay Community College +
Walla Walla University – Portland
Warner Pacific College +
Western States Chiropractic College

Will there be enforcement?
Campus Public Safety has primary responsibility for administration and enforcement of this policy. Voluntary compliance should be encouraged first to educate visitors, faculty, staff, and students. Students violating this policy may be referred to the Dean of Students and violations will be resolved in accordance with procedures outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Human Resources will assist with faculty and staff infractions.

Where will smokers be directed to go?
Smokers will not be directed to alternative locations. The existing smoking shelter, currently in the CAC, between Smith Student Union and Cramer Hall will be removed and that space will be dedicated to bicycle parking. Those who wish to smoke will need to be aware of their proximity to building entrances, intake vents, and operable windows in all areas of campus and make sure to be at least 25 feet from those entrances.

What about the rights of people to smoke?
No federal, state, or local laws protect the right to smoke. The University exercises its right and responsibility to enforce the policies governing its University-owned and operated buildings and the premises for which it has jurisdiction. The smoking policy is not intended to force individuals to change their lifestyle or behavior. It is intended to protect the greater campus, by maintaining a more sustainable and healthier environment to learn, work, play, and visit.

Are there additional resources for smokers on campus?
Options for Students:

  • Meet with a SHAC Health Educator - Involves a conversation about where you are currently with your smoking habit and the options available, such as Nicotine Replacement Products (NRT) and prescription medications, to help you quit.
  • Quit and Fit Program - Available through the Aetna insurance plan.  Involves phone conversations with a Tobacco Cessation Specialist to help you determine the best quit plan.  The program also offers up to six weeks of NRT free.

Options for benefit eligible Faculty/Staff:

  • PEBB Tobacco Use Program - Employee health plans offer full coverage for the Quit4Life tobacco cessation support program.

No matter which medical plan you're in, if you use tobacco, you have access to a complete support program to help you quit. For more information regarding this program, visit the Free and Clear website.

Option for everyone, regardless of PSU affiliation:

  • The Oregon Quit Line - The quit line is available to everyone and offers free help and a personalized quit plan, which includes a quit kit and a counseling session.  To get started call the toll free number 1-877-270-7867.

What if I have questions or comments about the CAC?
Questions and/or comments may be directed to cleanair@pdx.edu.

How can I get involved in efforts to support the CAC?
We will have some great opportunities to join the cause and support clean air, including some human-powered clean up efforts. Please contact cleanair@pdx.edu if you are interested in joining us.

Are leaf blowers really a problem?
Sources say yes! In one hour, gas-powered leaf blowers emit as many harmful pollutants as an automobile driven over 100 miles. Learn more in this eco tip from the Center for Earth Leadership.