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Liaison Jennifer Lamy
Submission Date March 6, 2017
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Emerson College
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

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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:

We follow Massachusetts and US EPA clean air policies. Our mobile fleet consists of one facilities truck and 4 Athletics Department operated vehicles. All vehicles are approved under the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and have undergone a safety inspection and a smog and emission test. Each of our vehicles is in acceptable driving condition, does not pose a threat to other motorists, and is doing the least amount of environmental harm.

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) 727 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 7.90 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 316 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 55 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 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:

Sightlines, our benchmarking contractor, provides us with MMbtus of our Scope 1 natural gas consumption and I calculated the air pollutants associated with this quantity (15,798.9 MMbtu for FY2016). We have two boilers that run entirely off of natural gas.

I do not have quantities for refrigerants to calculate additional pollutants, but Sightlines reports that 130 metric tonnes of CO2 are associated with the usage of refrigerants on our campus.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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