Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Megan Curtis-Murphy
Submission Date May 28, 2021
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STARS v2.1

Northeastern University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Beshad Moghaddam
Regulatory Compliance Manager
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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:

The NU Idling Reduction Requirement was established to eliminate unnecessary idling of vehicles in order to reduce the community's exposure to exhaust from gasoline and diesel engines. Additionally, it was applied to educate and inform the NU community about the health and environmental effects of gasoline and diesel exhaust. It limits idling for more than five minutes on NU property and while operating vehicles owned by NU. In addition, the University has limited vehicular traffic on campus and instituted a pedestrian friendly campus. Combined with our campus arboretum, the University strives for a healthy environment for living and learning.

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) 28.51 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.25 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 22.37 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 1 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:

The air emissions are calculated through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Source Registration reporting requirement for Title V entities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The emissions are reported annually.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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