Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.45
Liaison Tori Grant
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Calgary
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Julien Poirier
Senior Specialist, Energy Performance
Office of 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 on campus?:

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

The University of Calgary utilizes a broad transportation demand management program which includes short-term and secure bike parking throughout campus, student Universal Bus Pass (UPass), carpooling incentives and a campus master plan that seeks to offer more opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to live on campus. The Long Range Development Plan also confirms a bike plan defining current and planned pathways on campus which connect to off campus community bike paths.

The University of Calgary is supporting low-emissions vehicles through electric vehicle charging stations and support for low-emissions car share vehicles on campus.

The University of Calgary became an Idle Free campus in fall 2010. All vehicle operators (fleet, commercial and personal) are required to turn off engines when ambient temperature is equal to or greater than -10°C or when the vehicle is left unattended. Signage directs the general public to cease idling.

Has the institution completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary campus sources or else verified that no such emissions are produced?:

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 61.43 Tonnes
Sulfur oxides (SOx) ---
Carbon monoxide (CO) 71.77 Tonnes
Particulate matter (PM) 4.27 Tonnes
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 1.68 Tonnes

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:

The University of Calgary submits annual reports on air emissions from the Central Heating and Cooling Plant to a number of programs including Alberta's Environmental Protection & Enhancement Act, Alberta's Specified Gas Emitter Regulation, Canada's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, and Canada's National Pollutant Release Inventory.

Engineering calculations based on fuel gas composition, monthly consumption, and equipment specific emissions factors (based on EPA AP42) are used to create the emissions inventory of the Central Heating and Cooling Plant equipment (including boilers and gas fired turbine).

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Values reported are from the 2017 NPRI submission quantifying emissions from the 2017 calendar year.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.