Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.78
Liaison Greg Farley
Submission Date Sept. 9, 2014
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STARS v2.0

George Mason University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Tyler Orton
Projects Innovation Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Mason reports mobile source information annually to Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). This information includes fuel consumption and run times. Calculations are performed to assess the amount of air pollutants emitted. Mason conducts ongoing monitoring of equipment to ensure efficient operation and prevent fugitive emissions.


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:

Mason gathers data from its mobile and stationary sources throughout the calendar year. This data is compiled and calculations are performed to assess the amount of air pollutants emitted. Mason sends this data along with its annual report to DEQ.


Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 14.41 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.60 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 12.75 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 1.53 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0.97 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:

Mason uses a comprehensive Building Automation System linking every facility by Fiber Optics and Ethernet to the Facilities Management Energy Management Office. Energy savings are achieved through improved monitoring and control capability for several systems including; Heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting. Verification for proper temperatures, set points, setback or shutdown of systems, monitoring of energy usage in real-time and detection of degraded energy efficiency contributes to more efficient operation and expected energy savings. In addition, Mason conducts ongoing monitoring of equipment to ensure efficient operation and prevent fugitive emissions.


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

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