Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Michigan State University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sherri Jett
Director of Utilities
Infrastructure and Planning Facilities
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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 on campus?:

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

Reducing the use of mobile sources and encouraging alternative forms of transportation: MSU Transportation Services has integrated a number of green vehicles into their campus fleet; and has installed a limited number of charging stations. MSU has also expanded the CATA Bus ridership by offering free rides to students; faculty and staff throughout the university campus. CATA offers 8 bus routes exclusively for MSU, riders can also travel to nearby off-campus locations on another 23 routes. Ridership has increased nearly 38 %. Zipcar and Rideshare/Michivan Program have partnered with MSU to provide access to nine vehicles around campus. The campus has been designated a Silver Bicycle Friendly campus with more than 70 percent of roads equipped with bile lanes and 20,000 bike parking spots. It has also included a Bikes Service Center and over 20 self serve bike repair stations. MSU has also established electric moped parking locations. Advancing traffic management in a pedestrian intense environment - Signal controls to optimize traffic flow during campus events; sensor-driven parking management app; dynamic, predictive signal and routing; networked smart signals including vehicle and pedestrian sensors; Mobility Planning - completed a Mobility Report seeking input and feedback over the past year; and established the Mobility Studio to further study how human and technology interface. Consolidated Routes - University Services Logistics consolidates receiving and delivery of UPS ground parcel activity to reduce operation costs and have fewer delivery vehicles on campus. University Services also utilizes campus-wide strategic contracts to help minimize incoming traffic. Contracts allow warehousing of common goods and supplies and distribute them as needed on consolidate routes. Reduces carbon emissions and eases congestion in loading docks.

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) 371.97 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 35.60 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 235.48 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 22.49 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0 Tons

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

MSU uses the Michigan Michigan Air Emissions Reporting System (MAERS) and the EPA greenhouse gas annual reporting process. Emissions are quantified by the use of both continuous emission monitoring systems and emission factor calculations.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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