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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-5: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Peter Nowak
Industrial Hygiene
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:
4,777,135 Square Feet

Gross floor area of building space:
4,777,135 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):

Tufts University does not have a written plan specific to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues but has had IAQ procedures in place for at least the last 15 years. Air quality is monitored by the Environmental Health and Safety department. The EH&S website has a URL that allows members of the Tufts community to contact them to register concerns. (http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/ehs/indoor-air-quality/)

When EH&S receives a concern or complaint, they respond within 24 hours. They then work with other departments such as Facilities to correct the problem. In extreme circumstances, EH&S brings in consultants to assist with complicated air quality problems, although this is very rare.

Tufts also follows both the Massachusetts Building Code requirements (found at http://www.mass.gov/Elwd/docs/dos/iaq/iaq_392_mechanical_vent.pdf), as well as ASHRAE Standards for ventilation (found at http://www.ebtron.com/pdf/general/ASHRAE62_Synopsis_021003.pdf).


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

Tufts also provides articles that specifically address IAQ in many of their publications for employees, and IAQ is covered at New Hire Orientation.

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.