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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 67.88
Liaison Mary Easterling
Submission Date Sept. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Pennsylvania State University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
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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?:
Yes

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

Penn State has anti-idling guidelines for compliance with The Diesel Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act. This restricts idling to 5 minutes per 60-minute period unless exemptions apply. Penn State has a coordinated effort among Parking, Housing & Food Services, General Stores and Athletics. Signs have been placed in appropriate areas.


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

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 128 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 473 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 50 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 12.90 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 0 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

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

Penn State submits an Emissions Inventory Production Report annually to DEP. GHG Emissions from stationary sources are reported annually to the EPA under the GHG MRR.

Emissions are calculated based on fuel use and emissions factors from stack test results or industry standard emissions factors.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Emissions data provided comes from the 2015 PADEP Emissions Inventory Production Report.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.