Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.32
Liaison Jon Bartlow
Submission Date March 4, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Pittsburg State University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Brian Peery
Sustainability Coordinator
Continuing and Graduate Studies
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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?:
+ Date Revised: June 29, 2016

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

PSU has a no smoking on campus policy to improve air quality.

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:

The University utilized the "Clean Air-Cool Planet" Campus Carbon Calculator v6.9 to calculate its' emissions. Reporting guidelines and standards from The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP), American College & University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), IPCC Global Warming Potential List - 4th Assessment Report and the Climate Registry were used. The final report was filed with ACUPCC. Reporting period was January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 using the Operational Control Approach. The inventory was supervised by the chair of the University Sustainability Committee and was conducted by members of that committee. Information was gathered from various University records, statistics and surveys conducted of students, faculty and staff.

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 541.80 Tons
+ Date Revised: June 29, 2016
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 22,994,851.20 Tons
+ Date Revised: June 29, 2016
Particulate matter (PM) 0 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 1,252.50 Tons
+ Date Revised: June 29, 2016

A brief description of the institution’s initiatives to minimize air pollutant emissions from stationary sources, including efforts made during the previous three years:

PSU completed a 3-year energy savings program in 2014 through Energy Solutions Professionals which converted ballast, light bulbs and steam traps over to the most energy efficient models to reduce energy usage. The University also utilizes three energy management systems: Honeywell XPX, Traine Tracer Summitt and Sq. "D" Powerlink. Wattstopper Occupancy sensors (dual technology) are used as a standard across campus and LED fixtures are installed when possible. The University also installed individual meters for each building on campus.

+ Date Revised: June 29, 2016

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:

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