Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.35
Liaison Mary Lucus
Submission Date March 14, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Belmont University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mary Lucus
Director, IR
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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?:

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

The university is investing in low emission vehicles for utilization on and around campus. In 2012, 2 electric vehicles were purchased for use by User Services and Telecommunications. In 2014, the university Security Department replaced four gas only vehicles with Ford Fusion Hybrids.

Electric car charging stations have been installed in three parking garages on campus to encourage drivers on electric vehicles.

The university provides no-charge MTA passes for students and staff to encourage use of public transit.

Vehicles are not allowed to idle while not in use at loading docks etc.

Has the institution completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary sources on campus?:

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

Belmont compiles all natural gas consumption for each calendar year from all sources across campus. We also capture all diesel fuel consumption throughout the year based on operating hours. We then apply calculations based on the EPA Clean Air Act 40 CFR 52 (EPA AP-42 Emissions Factors Table) and the State of Tennessee Air Quality Regulation §1200-3-9-.02 to determine constituent emissions. These values are then submitted to the Metropolitan Nashville Health Department for compiling and reporting to the State of Tennessee Department of Environmental Compliance (TDEC).

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 7.30 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.30 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 4.90 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.49 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0.91 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tons
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 university is heavily investing in LED lighting technologies along with lighting controls to reduce burn time on as many places we could get to. This technology assists with reducing the heating and air-conditioning load on our buildings and results in less gas and electrical (thus power plant) consumption.
• The university is continuing to invest in High Efficiency Condensing boilers, which reduces the volume of fuel required to condition our spaces.
• Belmont is investing in “Green Roof” technologies to reduce the heating and cooling load on our buildings, along with “white roofing” materials to reduce cooling requirements.
• In 2015, high efficiency gas boilers were installed in the Jack Massey building to take the building off of the central steam loop powered by old technology boilers.

The website URL where information about the institution’s outdoor air quality policies, guidelines or inventory is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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