Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 88.14
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Colorado State University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Carol Dollard
Energy Engineer
Facilities Management
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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?:

A brief description of the policies and/or guidelines to improve outdoor air quality and minimize air pollutant emissions from mobile sources:
Colorado State is now a Tobacco, Smoke and Vape Free campus. This was instituted to meet the following goals:
- comply with the Governor's 2018 executive order
- reduce exposure to secondhand smoke on campus
- support the campus community in quitting, reducing or never starting the use of tobacco and related products.

The policy can be reviewed here: https://tobaccofree.colostate.edu/

CSU has committed to retaining the core of campus as a Pedestrian campus & restricting vehicular access through campus policies. These policies are central to campus character & safety, but also critical to preserving high air quality standards in these areas. One of the components of furthering this strategy is the new "Around the Horn" bus service that has been funded jointly by ASCSU (student government) and the university administration. This service provides transportation around campus and reduces vehicle trips within campus boundaries.

Facilities Management & Housing & Dining Services (the two largest operational departments on campus) have issued guidelines to prohibit idling of service vehicles.

In addition, CSU Police can ticket and enforce the Colorado policy (42-4-1206 co. statute) prohibiting idling.

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) 196.70 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 11.30 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 90.80 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 6.80 Tons
Ozone (O3) 3.80 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 0 Tons

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:
CSU owns and operates numerous stationary sources of air emissions including boilers, generators and incinerators. Many of these sources are covered by an air emission permit or Air Pollution Emission Notice (APEN). CSU calculates air emissions from boilers using the type and amount of fuel consumed, and applying emission factors from AP-42 or based on manufacturer information. Emissions from generators are calculated based on actual run-time and manufacturer supplied emission factors. Incinerator emissions are estimated based on fuel type, allowable charge rate, and emission factors from AP-42.

CSU evaluates the incremental increase in air pollutants emitted with each proposed major project that represents additional air emissions, e.g. cogeneration, large biomass, etc. Some projects have been shelved due to air emissions considerations. A large ground-source heat pump system is in design and will be installed in 2020. By switching from natural gas heating to electricity (with a goal of 100% RE by 2030) we will improve air quality and make strides toward our GHG emissions goals.

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

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