Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.59
Liaison Chris Adam
Submission Date Sept. 7, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Dawson College
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Chris Adam
Sustainability Office
"---" 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:

No idling after. 2 minutes for stationery vehicles as per municipal law. This is enforced by Dawson and signs are posted by the shipping area (also the vehicle entrance to the college) . No vehicles are owned by the college. The only emitting vehicles are from the lawn care company and these are now being reviewed as per our landscape guidelines.
In the city of Westmount, idling your vehicle for more than 2 minutes within a 1-hour period is banned. Violators could face a minimum fine of $57 for each offence. For more information on the City's environment programmes and regulations: https://westmount.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/PARKING_Guide_en.pdf
In Quebec, you’re usually allowed to smoke outdoors, but there are many exceptions.
For example, you can usually smoke in a park but not in outdoor play areas, such as splash pads, wading pools, or skate parks. Also, you may not smoke on sports fields, such as baseball fields, outdoor skating rinks or around outdoor pools.
There is no smoking permitted on the Dawson College campus (including grounds) or on the grounds of the day-care centre.

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) 0 Tonnes
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0 Tonnes
Carbon monoxide (CO) 0 Tonnes
Particulate matter (PM) 0 Tonnes
Ozone (O3) 0 Tonnes
Lead (Pb) 0 Tonnes
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0 Tonnes
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tonnes
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0 Tonnes

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

Dawson is a "closed" building with heating and cooling systems and a computerized ventilation system. There are no significant air emissions from stationery sources other than from the emergency generator that is used during power failures. This generator is tested for 5 minutes every week and vents exhaust into a separate air duct to the outdoors. In the event of a power failure, this generators starts and is fueled by diesel fuel. Over two years (2016-17 and 2018-19 data) an average of 891 liters of fuel was used by the generator.
Any cooling leak (if any) is tracked, its volume calculated and it is added to the GHG emission data in OP-1.
All labs and "shops" that need venting of dust, paints, smoke or chemicals have separate hoods with stationary chemical sensors in the labs that send data to the computerized "Metasys" system and warns of air quality issues. These sensors monitor a range of chemicals, including hydrogen.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Dawson has a full-time technician from Johnson Controls Inc. that monitors the Metasys infrastructure at the college. Air flow, temperature and CO2 levels are automatically adjusted based on classroom occupancy. Classroom schedules are inputted into the system so occupants that increase the need for air but decrease the need for heating (winter) or cooling (summer) are automatically factored into the "smart" system.

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