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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 Silver
Overall Score 58.08
Liaison Kristi Wiedemann
Submission Date March 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Princeton University
OP-5: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Stephen Elwood
Associate Director
Environmental Health and Safety
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Floor area of building space covered by an indoor air quality (IAQ) management program that meets the criteria for this credit:
8,902,800 Square Feet

Gross floor area of building space:
8,912,800 Square Feet

A brief description of the institution’s indoor air quality program(s) (including information about regular auditing or monitoring, mechanisms for occupants to register complaints, and action plans):

The University’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department as well as the Facilities Department responds to air quality concerns on campus. The quality of the air inside a building is affected by a variety of comfort, physical, chemical and biological factors. Factors influencing the indoor air quality of a room or building include:
-Comfort issues (temperature, humidity, "stuffiness")
-Supply of fresh air to the building
-Accumulation of particulate, biological or chemical contaminants originating from within or outside the building

Concerns related to comfort issues or water intrusion or damage are directed to the Facilities Customer Service Center. Concerns related to unresolved water damage, suspected mold conditions, unresolved odors or other indoor air quality concerns are directed to the Environmental Health and Safety department (EHS). After concerns are registered with the Facilities Customer Service Center or the Environmental Health and Safety department, the appropriate department will correct the issue as soon as possible.

There is no formal auditing process for indoor air quality. The program relies on communication from building occupants reporting issues as they arise.


The website URL where information about the institution’s indoor air quality program(s) is available:

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.