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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 Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-3: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Occupied building space covered by an indoor air quality plan, policy, and/or practices that include regular auditing or monitoring and a mechanism for occupants to register complaints :
5,545,556 Square Feet

Total occupied building space :
5,545,556 Square Feet

A brief description of the institution's indoor air quality plan, policy, and/or practices:

An indoor air quality program was developed by the UNCG Department of Environmental Health and Safety approximately 8 years ago and is reviewed regularly. The objectives of this program include the following:

* To prevent illness and adverse health symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality
* To respond to indoor quality complaints effectively and to make recommendations for improvement;
* To maintain indoor air quality within acceptable levels according to consensus guidelines (i.e., ASHRAE).

Should building occupants suspect an IAQ issue, they may submit an Occupant Interview Form detailing the complaint. If warranted, an EHS representative will conduct an initial on-site IAQ investigation (Phase I) to assess the work environment in question.

Based on the information obtained during the Phase I evaluation, EHS will determine if a Phase II IAQ investigation is necessary. Common parameters tested during the Phase II assessments include temperature, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), relative humidity, carbon dioxide levels and carbon monoxide levels. A Phase III Assessment is performed when evidence of potential air quality problems have been identified, but a definitive cause for the symptoms was not determined during Phase I or II Assessments.
Phase III Assessments consist of more in-depth evaluation of the indoor environment, which may include sampling for chemical and/or microbial contaminants. EHS documents investigation results and works with Facilities Operations and outside vendors to implement any needed remedial measures.


The website URL where information about the institution's indoor air quality initiatives is available:

Information for this credit was received from Todd Beck, Industrial Hygiene Manager at UNCG.

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