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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 58.11
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Wesleyan University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 William Nelligan
Director of Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability
Physical Plant - Facilities
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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 on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the policies and/or guidelines to improve outdoor air quality and minimize air pollutant emissions from mobile sources:

Wesleyan maintains a policy against idling for physical plant vehicles and also for delivery vehicles. Physical Plant employees are trained to idle no longer than 5 minutes. Loading docks are marked with signs indicating that engines need to be turned off.


Has the institution completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary campus sources or else verified that no such emissions are produced?:
Yes

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 8.93 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 5.93 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 5.54 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 1.38 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 0.00 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0.12 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0.42 Tons

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

Wesleyan has inventoried every piece of fossil fuel burning equipment on campus. Equipment is grouped based on its capacity and type of fuel and emissions calculations, following EPA prescribed processes. These processes are performed for each group of equipment. Emissions calculations are maintained on a rolling 12 month period.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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For stationary air emissions, we do not record ozone as a pollutant. HAPs include benzene, dichlorobenzene, formaldehyde, hexane, naphthalene, toluene, xylene, propylene, butadiene, acetaldehyde, acrolein, styrene, and methanol. Our "other" category is VOCs (0.82 tons). The data represented for stationary sources is for calendar year 2015.

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.