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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 53.85
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Massachusetts Lowell
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Glenn MacDonald
Associate Director of Environmental & Emergency Management
Environmental & Emergency Management
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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?:
Yes

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

UMass Lowell’s Energy Conservation Guideline references a state policy for procuring energy efficient vehicles and also identifies specific vehicle fuel conservation techniques to be employed including: minimizing idling time to 30 seconds, removing excess weight to increase mileage, driving gently to increase mileage, planning trips to minimize travel and checking air tire pressure.


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:

UMass Lowell is required under MassDEP air quality regulations to track and report significant air emissions annually. Scope 1 GHG emissions (stationary and mobile) are reported through the web-based Climate Registry Information System (CRIS) according to the Climate Registry’s guidance. All other emissions are reported through MassDEP’s web-based Source Registration reporting system in accordance with MassDEP regulations.


Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 17.76 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.42 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 11.19 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.55 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0 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:

UMass Lowell has an extensive number of ongoing energy efficiency projects completed and underway. Major upgrades to the North Campus Power plant project in 2012 significantly reduced air emissions from the North Campus Power Plant by replacing two 1950s vintage boilers with new, efficient boilers and converting the entire plant to natural gas, see: http://www.uml.edu/News/stories/2011-12/A-Greener-Warmth.aspx.
Other initiatives include: replacement of steam traps, upgrades to the South Campus Power Plant, installation of Building Automation Systems


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