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Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Emory University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Brent Zern
Environmental Engineer
Campus Services
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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:

Emory offers several cleaner-commuting options to keep cars and dirty-fueled vehicles off our roads. Our Cliff shuttle buses are all powered by B20 biodiesel, made with cooking oil from our food service areas and other local sources of used cooking oil.

Emory has an anti-idling policy that states that no drivers on Emory's campus shall idle unnecessarily, should turn off vehicles when parked or making deliveries, and should not be turned back on until drivers are finished loading or unloading.

Emory's Planning, Design and Construction team works with construction contractors to provide the highest level of emissions filter technologies available on construction equipment.

Emory's campus is designed as a walking campus, with all parking facilities located on the outskirts to discourage driving between locations and to eliminate driving through campus. There are parking permit limits to encourage alternative commuting, and Emory University charges a fee for annual parking permits. The University also provides alternative commute passes free of charge for local and regional transit, and gives a limited amount of free parking days to those commuters who do not purchase a parking pass. Emory supports and encourages bicycling through its Bike Emory program.


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:

We have a federal Title V air permit (issued by the state of Georgia) that requires us to have a complete inventory of and monitor all sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), primarily NOx and VOCs. We use mainly clean burning natural gas to power our boilers but are occasionally curtailed when we have to switch over to diesel. We use only the lowest sulfur-containing diesel that is available.


Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 31.25 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) ---
Carbon monoxide (CO) ---
Particulate matter (PM) ---
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 2.06 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:

Our main incentive to minimize HAPs is to comply with the regulatory limits stated in our permit. This is a constant challenge as we continue to grow and need to add heating and cooling capacity to our system. All new, proposed sources are evaluated to ensure their addition will keep us within our permit limits as well as they are the cleanest fuel buring technologies our budgets will allow.


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

Air emissions stated above are as reported to the state of Georgia for calendar year 2012.

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