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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 57.39
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Nov. 12, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Tufts University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Peter Kelly-Joseph
Environmental Manager
Environmental Health & Safety
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have policies and/or guidelines in place to improve outdoor air quality and minimize air pollutant emissions from mobile sources?:
Yes

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

Tufts is required to submit a MassDEP Rideshare Report which is a plan to reduce commuter drive-alone trips by 25%.


Has the institution completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary sources on campus?:
Yes

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

Tufts maintains MassDEP minor source air permits on each campus. These permits require annual compliance reporting called source registration. The source registration report reports fuel usage on each campus and converts fuel usage to emissions factors.


Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 80 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 80 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 5 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 5 Tons
Ozone (O3) 5 Tons
Lead (Pb) 5 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 15 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0 Tons

A brief description of the institution’s initiatives to minimize air pollutant emissions from stationary sources, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Tufts is planning a new central energy plant to replace a plant built in 1955. The new plant is expected to lower Tufts' air pollution.

Tufts has reduced the use of fuel oil by switching to natural gas where possible. 40,000 gallons of oil capacity have been permanently removed.


The website URL where information about the institution’s outdoor air quality policies, guidelines or inventory is available:

Air emissions estimates from source registration and restricted emissions status permits.

FY14 information.

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.