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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 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
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:

Petroleum displacement plan: A FY 04-05 NC special budget provision required a 20% reduction in petroleum use (adjusted to 17.5 based on provision criteria) by the state vehicle fleet. Implementation of the Petroleum Displacement Plan (PDP) requirement in FY 11-12 resulted in a 19.9% reduction in petroleum use by state fleet vehicles (compared to the FY 04-05 baseline) through a combination of more efficient vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, and driver behavior change programs. (http://facoperations.uncg.edu/fueldisplace.html)

Vehicle idling policy: A UNCG Facilities Operations policy regarding university vehicle operations was adopted in October 2010. The primary goal of this policy is to encourage fuel savings through minimizing idling, planning trips, and driving conservatively. It has not been adopted by all campus units, however. Please see http://facoperations.uncg.edu/vehicle.pdf.


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:

Every 6 months, the university's Mechanical Engineers prepares and submits an air emissions report to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Air Quality. The report includes the fuel consumption and resultant calculated air emissions from the UNCG Steam Plant and a variety of emergency power generators across campus.


Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 19.42 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.77 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 15.95 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) ---
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

A brief description of the institution’s initiatives to minimize air pollutant emissions from stationary sources, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Beyond our energy conservation measures detailed in other credits, the university has also utilized low and ultra-low sulfur content fuel oil to fuel emergency generators and to serve as a back-up fuel for the steam plant.


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