Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.95
Liaison Kathleen McCaig
Submission Date June 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Berea College
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Paige Geary
Director, Regulatory Affairs
EEnvironmental 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 on campus?:

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

Berea College Idling Reduction Policy
To provide operating policy for all Berea College facilities, motor pool, farm and forestry vehicles & equipment, delivery vehicles and freight carriers to follow while operating on Berea College property.
This policy to reduce unnecessary vehicle idling is being implemented in an effort to:
Protect the health of our community members and guests from harmful emissions

Improve air quality in our community

Save money by reducing wasted fuel and wear-and-tear on engines

Each driver will be responsible for ensuring that the vehicle he or she is operating does not idle unnecessarily. Vehicles should be turned off when parked and should not be restarted until loading or unloading is complete and the vehicle is ready to depart.

The following limitations are to be followed:
• Vehicles shall never be left idling when unattended.
• Engine warm up periods should not exceed one (1) minute (provided air pressure for air brake systems are fully charged and all safety provisions are in place)
• Light –duty vehicles (passenger size) should be shut down whenever idling periods are expected to exceed one (1) minute. Heavy-duty vehicles (such as buses and cargo trucks) should be shut down whenever idling periods are expected to exceed (3) three minutes.

Idling a diesel-powered engine for over 30 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
Idling a gasoline-powered engine for over 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine

The exceptions to this guideline have been identified for the following circumstances:
• Police, fire or ambulance vehicles while engaged in operational and/or emergency activities.
• Vehicles for which idling is required as part of a repair or regular pre-check maintenance process.
• Armored vehicles in which a person remains inside the vehicle while guarding the contents of the vehicle or while the vehicle is being loaded or unloaded.
• Vehicles required to use heating or refrigeration systems powered by the motor or engine for the preservation of perishable cargo.
• Under extreme weather conditions or any other time when the health and safety of the employee or others may be jeopardized.
• If the unit is not expected to be able to restart due to a mechanical problem

This policy will be included in the College parking rules and incorporated into Berea College departmental driving policies and outside vendor delivery and construction contracts.

Vehicles will be monitored for compliance, and all employees are encouraged to ensure full implementation of this policy.
Parking officers have the authority to inform drivers of this policy and are required to report idling vehicles to Public Safety

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

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 4.54 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) ---
Carbon monoxide (CO) 2.63 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.25 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 0.00 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0.06 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0.00 Tons

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

Monthly consumption rates of natural gas and fuel oIl for calendar year 2016 were multiplied by emissions factors. Natural Gas Emissions Factors from the EPA: https://www3.epa.gov/ttnchie1/ap42/ch01/final/c01s04.pdf. Diesel Emergency Generator Emissions Factors are from the EPA: FIRE 6.24 Software SCC: 2-01-001-02

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The "other" category above is for volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The "other" category above is for volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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