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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 57.22
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Southern Oregon University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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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:

The Facilities Management and Planning department trains all employees operating campus vehicles to turn off the engine when the vehicle is idle for more than one minute. Additionally, the university continues to replace older landscaping equipment (mowers, blowers, etc.) with newer equipment that generates fewer emissions, choosing battery-powered equipment and alternative fuels when possible.


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) 2.70 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.05 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 2.27 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.07 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0.15 Tons

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

Southern Oregon University conducts an inventory of air emissions from stationary campus sources annually. Total emissions for a series of pollutants are calculated based on the amount of natural gas purchased for use in campus boilers. This information is then reported to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.


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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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.