Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.13
Liaison Bridget Flynn
Submission Date March 9, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Oberlin College
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mary K. Campbell
Communications and Web Initiatives Intern
Office of Environmental Sustainability
"---" 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:
We currently have an anti-idling policy. The policy is designed to limit the amount of tailpipe emissions from college-owned vehicles by turning off the engine when not in use. The College contracts with a third party vendor to track College owned and rented car emissions.

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:
There is an Environmental Health & Safety officer on staff to track, monitor, and report to the EPA and other governing bodies accurate air emissions from stationary combustion sources.

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 38.45 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 378.34 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 18.72 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.68 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
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:
We are in the process of decommissioning our coal boilers as this will be the last winter we will ever utilize coal as a source fuel. Moving forward we will base load with Natural Gas during an interim period until we are finalize our carbon neutral strategic utility master plan currently in progress. Full details are in the article in the link provided.

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:
These numbers are from 2013. Data is collected and reported each year as required.

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