Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.58
Liaison Dennis Carlberg
Submission Date April 26, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Boston University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability
BU Sustainability
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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:

With regard to mobile sources of pollutants, BU has implemented carpooling incentives and has purchased a number of hybrid vehicles for its fleet.


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:

BU visits all of its buildings on campus, inventories all emission producing equipment and calculates potential emissions using emissions guarantees and EPA-approved emission factors for criteria and GHG emissions.  Actual emissions are calculated using the fuel use or run times of each piece of emission producing equipment. 


Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 32.40 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 5.83 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 23.53 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 3.22 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 2.21 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 53,500 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:

BU has been switching its primary fuel source for stationary uses to natural gas as much as practical, which results in inherently lower emissions.


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