Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.58
Liaison James Gordon
Submission Date March 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Thompson Rivers University
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 James Gordon
Environmental Programs and Research Coordinator
TRU Office of Environment and Sustainability
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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?:

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

The following are main points regarding TRU's policies and/or guidelines to improve outdoor air quality and minimize air pollutant emissions from mobile sources:
• Anti-Idling signs around campus asking motorists to turn off their vehicles when not driving
• Installation of eight electric car charging stations on campus (free of charge)
• Promoting bike riding through: events participation (Kamloops Bike To Work Week; Multiple Sclerosis Kamloops River Ride); improved infrastructure: new bike shelter and bike repair stand (maintenance tools and air pump)
• Raising parking rates in 2012, which had three benefits: reducing air emissions (since it resulted in fewer drivers on campus); reduced parking congestion (for the same reason); and, from the increased revenue from raising rates, the creation of the popular Sustainability Grant Fund, which gives out $100,00 annually to successful student or staff proponents with projects that “advance sustainability at TRU”
• Enhanced car-pooling program
• New free-moped parking initiative underway, which will be in place by December 2014
• TRU’s ProPass, a permanent photo ID employee bus pass purchased through payroll deduction.
• TRU Student Union Ride Share program: http://trusu.cfs-services.ca/en/ride-share/rides/all
• TRU Student Union free unlimited use bus pass program - UPASS: http://trusu.ca/services/upass/
• Encouraging walking: http://www.tru.ca/sustain/initiatives/transportation.html#Walking
• Free electric bike rental for one week to any TRU student or staff member

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:

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) ---
Sulfur oxides (SOx) ---
Carbon monoxide (CO) ---
Particulate matter (PM) ---
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:

TRU has reduced natural gas usage for heating buildings by 15% through energy conservation initiatives over the past 3 years. The reductions in natural gas use contributes to significant reductions in air emissions.

The website URL where information about the institution’s outdoor air quality policies, guidelines or inventory is available:

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