Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Emory University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Eric Weber
Energy Manager
Utilities and Energy Strategy
"---" 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:
Emory offers several cleaner-commuting options to keep cars and dirty-fueled vehicles off our roads. Emory Cliff shuttle buses are all powered by B20 biodiesel, made with cooking oil from Emory's 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 clean construction policy guides university and healthcare construction projects to ensure 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 sustainable and healthy commuting, and Emory University charges a fee for annual parking permits. The University also provides free regional transit passes to staff and faculty who register as sustainable commuters 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. Emory utilizes electric vehicles for much of its university fleet, and provides electric vehicle charging stations for both fleet vehicles and faculty, staff, student, and visitor vehicles.

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) 27.53 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 2.10 Tons

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:
Emory has a federal Title V air permit (issued by the state of Georgia) that requires Emory to have a complete inventory of and monitor all sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), primarily NOx and VOCs. Emory uses primarily natural gas to power its boilers but occasionally must switch over to diesel. Emory uses only the lowest sulfur-containing diesel that is available.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Air emissions stated above are as reported to the state of Georgia for calendar year 2015.

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