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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 Gold
Overall Score 65.93
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Missouri
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alicia LaVaute
Sr. Recycling & Waste Minimization Specialist
Sustainability Office
"---" 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:

As a state institution, and according to state law, MU’s Business Policy and Procedure Manual section 3:200 requires 50 percent of all new vehicles purchased be capable of using alternative fuel. On an annualized basis, at least 30 percent alternative fuel must be used in these vehicles.


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:

MU holds two Part 70 Air Permits, one for the Power Plant and one for the general campus. As part of the compliance schedule, campus must submit Annual Emissions Inventory Questionnaire report that compiles the following emissions information. Additionally the Power Plant must submit a report of greenhouse gas emissions annually.


Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 490 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 5,221 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 149 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 104 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 49 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 2.50 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 1 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:

MU has taken a leadership role for many years in reducing energy use on our campus with significant results. While campus education and general (E&G) space has grown by 42% since 1990, energy use has been reduced by 19% and greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 57% on a square foot basis.1 MU’s total renewable energy portfolio consists of biomass fuels, on-site wind generation, solar thermal water heating and solar photo voltaic electric generation, all of which have been initiated or expanded upon in the last three years. Currently, 24% of MU energy portfolio is derived from renewables.2
In February of 2014 MU joined the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership and is the #1 generator of green energy when compared to all college and university participants in EPA’s Green Power Partnership. MU is currently #8 on site green energy producer compared to all industry in the program.3
In 2009, MU signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. MU has established an Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee whose purpose is to make recommendations to the provost on the development of policies for environmental and sustainability issues, develop formal and informal mechanisms for improved education to enhance environmental and sustainability awareness; and provide a biannual sustainability report to the chancellor4.


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

1http://www.cf.missouri.edu/energy/em_eff/index.html
2http://www.cf.missouri.edu/energy/em_renewable/index.html
3http://www.cf.missouri.edu/energy/pdfs/MUGreenPowerPartner2014.pdf
4http://committees.missouri.edu/environmental-affairs/index.php

Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations:
1 Tons NH3
6 Tons VOC

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.