Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.88
Liaison Laura Young
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Michigan State University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Robert Ellerhorst
Director, Utility Services
IPF Power and Water
"---" 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:

Consolidated Routes: Following an analysis of motorized delivery services in July 2011, University Services Logistics consolidated the receiving and delivery of UPS ground parcel activity into daily campus deliveries.Results include: reduction in operational costs; better utilization of internal capacity; fewer delivery vehicles on campus means a smaller carbon footprint. See https://usd.msu.edu/sustainability/our-efforts/index.html

University Services also advises campus customers to use negotiated campus-wide strategic contracts to help minimize incoming traffic. Contracts allow them to warehouse the most commonly used goods and supplies and distribute them as needed on consolidated routes. This not only cuts down on the volume of traffic, it also reduces carbon emissions and eases congestion in building docks.

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:

Use State of Michigan (2014 MAERS) and EPA (Greenhouse gas) annual reporting process. Emissions are quantified by the use of both continuous emission monitoring systems and emission factor calculations.

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 463 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 544 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 289 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 19 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 5 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
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:

MSU Board of Trustees approved an Energy Transition Plan in 2012 for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction.

The website URL where information about the institution’s outdoor air quality policies, guidelines or inventory is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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