Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.51
Liaison Sarah Mittlefehldt
Submission Date March 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Northern Michigan University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Sarah Mittlefehldt
Co-Chair, Sustainability Advisory Council
Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences
"---" 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 on campus?:

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

We do not currently have policies or guidelines regarding mobile sources.

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) 17.23 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.10 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 14.47 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 1.31 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:

Michigan Air Emissions Reporting System (MAERS) is the State of Michigan's web-based application used in the collection of emission data from the permitted sources/facilities. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Air Quality Division (AQD) maintains MAERS reports for commercial, industrial, and governmental sources of air pollution in Michigan.

NMU tracks our annual natural gas, wood, and fuel oil usage and applies those throughputs to a program of equations on the MAERS website. Based on our fuel usage quantities and on industry average fuel parameters, MAERS’ program calculates estimated emissions.

Note: Ozone, HAPs, ODCs are not part of our emission inventory. We entered "O" as a place holder for those pollutants.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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