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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 51.95
Liaison Erin Stanforth
Submission Date July 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Virginia Commonwealth University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Steve Heinitz
Recycling Manager
Physical Plant
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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:

VCU hired our 1st Full-Time Fleet Manager in August, 2013 to focus on minimizing air pollutant emissions from our equipment and vehicles that are utilized for maintenance and transportation. Our Fleet Manager has been working with the Virginia Clean Cities Commission to reduce air pollutant emissions. We have 86 vehicles that are E85 Flex Fuel vehicles, making up 31% of our fleet. We also power (4) of our self-propelled zero turn lawnmowers with propane. www.vacleancities.org.


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:

Mike Risely Energy Manager provided the 2014 DEQ 2014 Emission report for the steam plant operations at VCU.


Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 28.99 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 1.69 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 38.04 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 3.16 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 4.93 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0.99 Tons

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

VCU conducts continuous emissions monitoring at our main MCV Steam Plant. We complete energy audits to verify steam production is at the optimim level to meet demand. New boilers were installed on the Monroe Park Campus that utilize computer controlled burners that continuosuly adjust fuel and air mixtures to maintain optimum efficiency and reduce fuel usage.


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