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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 David Ogrodnik
Project Engineer -- Enviromental
Campus Engineering
"---" 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:

The UW developed the Climate Action Strategy for Transportation to reduce fleet vehicle and campus commuting emissions. UW Fleet Services has also instituted a Vehicle Idling policy requiring unattended fleet vehicles to be turned off. In addition, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Air (PSCAA) UW Seattle Campus Air Operating Permit (AOP) No. 21320 requires routine inspection, operation, and maintenance of fleet fueling vapor recovery equipment to minimize toxic air contaminant and VOC emissions.


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:

PSCAA UW Seattle Campus AOP No. 21320 requires "significant" air emissions to be estimated and reported to PSCAA monthly and annually. Significant air emissions reported for calendar year 2014 are listed below. The Power Plant continuous emissions monitoring system measures and records nitrogen oxide emissions. CO emissions are estimated using a mass balance approach (fuel usage combined with applicable emissions factor and/or stack sampling results).


Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 63 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) ---
Carbon monoxide (CO) 19 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:

The air emissions reported above are associated with natural gas and fuel oil combustion needed to produce Power Plant steam. Numerous projects have been developed and implemented since 2006 to reduce steam demand and associated air pollutant emissions. In addition, newly-constructed buildings meet energy-saving LEED standards in compliance with Washington State regulations.


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

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.