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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison joni newcomer
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
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New Mexico State University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Pat Chavez
Manager Energy Management Systems
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Does the institution have policies and/or guidelines in place to improve outdoor air quality and minimize air pollutant emissions from mobile sources on campus?:

A brief description of the policies and/or guidelines to improve outdoor air quality and minimize air pollutant emissions from mobile sources:

The NMSU Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) Office has gone to great lengths to minimize its campus fleet, reducing greenhouse gas emissions while saving money for the University. From 2009 to 2012, the TPS Office reduced its vehicle fleet and rental fleet by 23% and as a result, on campus fuel consumption has decreased by 54%. The University is also purchasing more fuel-efficient vehicles as well. In 2011 the NMSU fleet had about 90 electric vehicles, two hybrids, twelve B-20 biofuel vehicles, and eight vehicles using E85.
NMSU Transportation Services (in the Administration and Finances Auxiliary Services Unit) is actively reducing our greenhouse gasses (GHG) by reducing our fleet of vehicles on campus. They are also using alternative fuels lowering our GHG as well. For more information please read the NMSU 2011 Transportation and Parking Analysis report.

The University is serviced by a shuttle system that primarily provides transportation from parking areas to various academic and housing centers on campus. The service is provided by the local City of Las Cruces transit system “RoadRUNNER” Transit. The University contracts with RoadRUNNER Transit to provide this service at the direction of the University. The service is paid for through a student imposed fee that is added to the tuition. The level of service provided and the routes and schedules are determined by a student run committee that administers the collected transportation funds. The University provides assistance to the committee.

Aggie Shuttle is to encourage people to park on the east end of campus and ride to distant destinations instead of driving on campus. The transit program provides free shuttle routes that transports riders with a valid NMSU ID from free parking lots from all across campus, rather than driving their personal vehicles. The Aggie Transit is intended to reduce campus congestion, promote public transportation, and reduce carbon emissions.

New Mexico State University is currently in the process of providing a more bicycle friendly campus for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Has the institution completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary campus sources or else verified that no such emissions are produced?:

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 72.75 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.47 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 5.88 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 1.96 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 2.82 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 4.28 Tons

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:

Consolidation methodology used to determine organizational boundaries is the operational control approach.

Emissions calculation tool used Clean Air-Cool Planet.

The process of conducting the inventory comprised of gathering consolidated bills from City of Las Cruces billing statements. Facilities and Services takes natural gas totals and does calculation methods from EPA and equipment specification calculations and this is combined to produce metric tons CO2 equivalents for the year. Propane is calculated from bills from the two main propane suppliers and the same process is used to calculate.

EPA requires only our de minimis emissions so we calculate everything.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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