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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 56.88
Liaison Dedee DeLongpre Johnston
Submission Date June 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Wake Forest University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Stephen Fisenne
Associate Director
Environmental Health and Safety
"---" 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 university's Vehicle Fleet / Driver Management Administrative Procedure states that "it is the policy of WFU to continually improve the efficient use of vehicle fuels in an effort to reduce emissions and operating costs. To reduce overall emissions on campus and improve air quality, all vehicles on university property are prohibited from idling unnecessarily. Vehicle operators will adhere to the following standards:
1. Idling is prohibited (with the limited exceptions listed below) when the ambient temperature is above 32 degrees F.
2. Five (5) minute idle time limit when ambient temperature is 32 degrees and below.
3. Idling is prohibited in “No Idle Zones”. Signs indicate the location of these zones.
4. Vehicles will not be left idling when the operator is away from the vehicle (with the limited exceptions listed below).
5. Exceptions:
a. Emergency response vehicles when responding to an emergency
b. Vehicles that must remain a specific temperature for onboard materials.
c. Health or safety reasons (e.g., severe weather conditions, use of vehicle safety features)
d. Below 0 degrees for diesel vehicles.
e. Traffic conditions."

Additionally, the administrative procedure that to "encourage efficient use of vehicles and fuel, employees traveling to the same destination are encouraged to carpool when possible."


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:

Wake Forest University is classified as a synthetic minor source. We retained an outside consultant to conduct dispersion modeling under worst-case conditions with all boilers operating simultaneously that also includes all emergency power generators on campus.


Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 11.66 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.10 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 9.01 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.91 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 0.11 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 1.05 Tons
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 2014 a 25.58 MMBtu/hr higher efficiency boiler was installed at the campus utilities operations center. The new boiler allows us to shut down all other boilers at the center during the four summer months due to its greater efficiency, and is used as base source during the winter months, again allowing for greater fuel efficiency and steam generation.


The website URL where information about the institution’s outdoor air quality policies, guidelines or inventory is available:
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Parking and Transportation is responsible for the "Vehicle Fleet / Driver Management Administrative Procedure."

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