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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
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Liaison Peter Stiling
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of South Florida
OP-3: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Christian Wells
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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 :
5,183,274 Square Feet

Total occupied building space :
5,183,274 Square Feet

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

An AQ monitor is placed in the workplace. The monitor remains in the space for approximately one week. The monitor records temperature, relative humidity and carbon dioxide levels.

The temperature and relative humidity parameters are used to document whether conditions are conducive to promoting microbial contamination in the space.

The carbon dioxide parameter is used to document the air exchange in the space. The air exchange is adequate when it controls carbon dioxide at acceptable limits. This also means that incidental contaminants such as dust introduced into the space can be controlled below problematic levels for most individuals.

If applicable EH&S will request that Physical Plant thoroughly clean the carpet. Carpet is known to harbor "every allergen known to man." These allergens can be re-suspended in the air when individuals walk across the carpet.

EH&S will also request that Physical Plant inspect the air handling system cleanliness and proper operation. IAQ services are provided by EH&S at no cost to the requesting department.


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

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