Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.35
Liaison Mo Lovegreen
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, Santa Barbara
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jewel Snavely
Campus Sustainability Coordinator, TGIF Grants Manager
Office of 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 on campus?:

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

As a move to improve outdoor air quality and reduce emissions, UC Santa Barbara
has a policy requiring 75% of the vehicles purchased for light duty work be alternate fuel and/or ultra efficient vehicles (35.5 mpg or higher). The department making the purchase of the vehicle will choose a vehicle that has the lowest CO2 impact (preferably all electric), while meeting performance and budgetary constraints. With bicycles, all new buildings have to have a plan to incorporate bike paths and bike racks to encourage a more sustainable form of transportation. The UC subsidizes public transportation passes for faculty and includes the fee in tuition for students, and there is a Carpool Match Service that is available twenty-four hours per day as well. Diesel exhaust from idling engines can accumulate in and around the emission source and pose an exposure risk to the community at large. UCSB’s Off-Road Diesel Powered Equipment Idling Standard Operating Procedure prohibits all off-road diesel engine or diesel powered equipment to be idled on UCSB property or by UCSB personnel or an agent of UCSB for more than five minutes.

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) 129.15 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 10.01 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 143.77 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 16.15 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 0 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0.51 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

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

UCSB reports annually to the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District. All diesel emergency generators and some natural gas boilers are metered and calculations are based on fuel consumption and generator run hours. For those sources that were not metered we calculate emissions based on the equipment rated potential to emit, this approach estimates emissions by using a worst-case scenario approach. Reported emissions from permitted stationary sources are listed in units of tons per year.

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