Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 62.73
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Tufts University
OP-3: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Peter Nowak
Industrial Hygiene
Environmental Health and Safety
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Occupied building space covered by an indoor air quality plan, policy, and/or practices that include regular auditing or monitoring and a mechanism for occupants to register complaints :
3,991,147 Square Feet

Total occupied building space :
3,991,147 Square Feet

A brief description of the institution's indoor air quality plan, policy, and/or practices:

Tufts University does not have a written plan specific to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues, but has had IAQ procedures in place for at least the last 10 years. Air quality is monitored by the Environmental Health and Safety department. The EH&S website has a URL that allows members of the Tufts community to contact them to register concerns. (http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/ehs/?pid=87) When EH&S receives a concern or complaint, they respond within 24 hours. They then work with other departments such as Facilities to correct the problem. In extreme circumstances, EH&S brings in consultants to assist with complicated air quality problems, although this is very rare.

Tufts also follows both the Massachusetts Building Code requirements (found at http://www.mass.gov/Elwd/docs/dos/iaq/iaq_392_mechanical_vent.pdf), as well as ASHRAE Standards for ventilation (found at http://www.ebtron.com/pdf/general/ASHRAE62_Synopsis_021003.pdf).

The website URL where information about the institution's indoor air quality initiatives is available:

Tufts also provides articles that specifically address IAQ in many of their publications for employees, and IAQ is covered at New Hire Orientation.

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