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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 Silver
Overall Score 55.50
Liaison Alistair Hall
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Vassar College
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 James Kelly
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Buidings and Grounds Services
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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 College has a no idling policy for campus vehicles, and avoids using lawn mowers on designated air-quality days.

The College has made a commitment to being 'smoke free' in July 2015, leading up to that date, cigarette urns have been moved 50 feet away from building entrances, smoking cessation classes are being offered, and a public information campaign has begun.


Has the institution completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary sources on campus?:
No

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

In accordance with federal laws, the college monitors the air emissions from the on-campus heating plant, however an inventory has not been made publicly available.


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

In an effort to reduce air and GHG emissions, the college switched from burning a mix of fuel oil and natural gas to just natural gas.


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