|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||March 4, 2016|
Oregon State University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality
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Sustainability Program Specialist
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:
In 2012, the State of Oregon added an Idling Reduction Policy section in its Statewide Fleet Management policy. The Idling Reduction Policy contains the following Guidelines for employees:
a. Limit idle time of powered vehicles to no more than five minutes during initial warm-up and at times when the vehicle is being restarted after a prolonged period of shut down.
b. Do not unnecessarily idle powered vehicles more than five minutes when vehicle is stopped for a foreseeable period of time.
c. Restrict idle time to less than five minutes for vehicles making frequent and multiple stops.
d. Remove ice or frost from windows with a scraper. If not feasible to use ice scrapers or de-icing chemicals, idling for the purpose of de-icing is allowed.
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:
Data is tracked monthly in a spreadsheet and reported to the EPA on an annual basis.
Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
|Weight of Emissions|
|Nitrogen oxides (NOx)||23.85 Tons|
|Sulfur oxides (SOx)||0.64 Tons|
|Carbon monoxide (CO)||25.74 Tons|
|Particulate matter (PM)||1.91 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||---|
A brief description of the institution’s initiatives to minimize air pollutant emissions from stationary sources, including efforts made during the previous three years:
OSU's Energy Center has reduced fossil fuel usage through coordination with our fuel suppliers, reducing diesel usage by 90% in FY15. Continued optimization of the cogeneration plant has reduced fuel usage during the "shoulder months" of the year. Increased efficiency of steam production has increased usable steam heat while reducing fuel usage and emissions.
The website URL where information about the institution’s outdoor air quality policies, guidelines or inventory is available:
Additional information regarding the OSU Energy Center is available here:
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