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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 Platinum
Overall Score 85.51
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date July 27, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of New Hampshire
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Dave Bowley
Utility Systems Manager
Facilities Design & Construction
"---" 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 on campus?:

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

UNH has an anti-idling policy for all staff vehicles, as well as signage that discourages visitors or suppliers from idling. More broadly, UNH works to lower single occupancy vehicle use by providing clean fuel and alternative technology commuter buses and shuttles, improving bicycle and pedestrian access on campus, promoting carpooling and ZipCar use, etc. See http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/tdm for more information.

Has the institution completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary campus sources or else verified that no such emissions are produced?:

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 39.51 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 15.68 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 32.28 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 16.98 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0.56 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

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

UNH calculates actual emissions based on actual monthly fuel use, as recorded by flow meter, hour meters, and/or purchase records depending on the specific device. Emission factors are applied to the monthly fuel use to estimate the actual emissions from each device. The emission factors are based on industry and regulatory accepted methods, such as EPA’s AP-42 document (Compilation of Air Pollutant Emission Factors), NHDES provided emission factors, or vendor provided data. When available, actual stack testing results serve as the basis of the emission factor derivation. In the instance of the NOx emissions from the Siemens combustion turbine, actual continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS) data is used to estimate emissions.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

UNH Environmental Health and Safety handles HAPs (excluding Title V air permit) and ODCs. Contact: Brad Manning. http://www.unh.edu/research/support-units/environmental-health-safety
Dave Bowley handles the campus Title V air permit program.

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