Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.40
Liaison Adam Sizemore
Submission Date March 2, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Miami University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Dan Fetrow
Environmental Programs Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
"---" 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?:

A brief description of the policies and/or guidelines to improve outdoor air quality and minimize air pollutant emissions from mobile sources:

Miami has a commitment to use the Lean process improvement method to reduce waste and go green, and several Lean projects have focused on reducing fleet fuel consumption. One of the first Lean projects within Physical Facilities was to pilot anti-idling devices on fleet vehicles. This took place in 2011. The next generation of vehicle monitoring and control is currently being piloted via GPS technology through a Lean project that includes fleet vehicles and riding lawn care equipment. Another active project is to reduce and update the number of sedans in inventory, and to help people pick the most fuel efficient vehicle that meets the transportation need. The number of vehicle trips needed to complete a work order is being reduced through a Lean project that instituted a planning and scheduling function.

Has the institution completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary sources on campus?:

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

Miami University calculates air emissions using a combination of measured emission rates (i.e. stack emissions obtained during performance tests of Miami's equipment) and emission factors published by the EPA. The following data was submitted to the Ohio EPA for calendar year 2014.

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 69.12 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 271.15 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 54.55 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 25.12 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 0.11 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 1.86 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

A brief description of the institution’s initiatives to minimize air pollutant emissions from stationary sources, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Due to regulation, the university obtained a new operating permit that limits the amount of coal that can be burned to 7000 tons/year. Natural gas will replace it.

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

Particulate matter (PM) includes both condensible and filterable.

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