Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.47
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Maryland, College Park
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Scott Lupin
Associate Director
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
"---" 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 Maryland has a policy to enforce the Maryland Transportation Code on campus. Section §22-402 of the Code includes the following language: A motor vehicle engine may not be allowed to operate for more than 5 consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion, except as follows: (i) When a vehicle is forced to remain motionless because of traffic conditions or mechanical difficulties over which the operator has no control; (ii) When it is necessary to operate heating and cooling or auxiliary equipment installed on the vehicle; (iii) To bring the vehicle to the manufacturer's recommended operating temperature; or (iv) When it is necessary to accomplish the intended use of the vehicle. https://archive.epa.gov/reg3artd/archive/web/html/anti_idling_regs.html

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) 93.20 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 2.41 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 14.50 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 12.70 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 0.00 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 1.29 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0.07 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 1.95 Tons

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:
The Department of Environmental Safety's Environmental Affairs Unit works with Facilities management to collect fuel usage data as well as meter reading on individual equipment. The information is entered into a database that was established and is routinely updated for reporting air emissions under the university's Title V Operating Permit. https://essr.umd.edu/air-quality-permitting-fact-sheet

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The full text of the Facilities Master Plan is available online at https://www.facilities.umd.edu/sitepages/FPmasterplan.aspx The university holds a Title V Air Quality Permit that establishes standards for the operation, testing and reporting of stationary equipment and other sources of air pollution including fuel storage tanks. All emissions are reported in US tons. For Ozone Depleting Substances, we reported CFCs that leaked from our HVAC systems. All other ODCs are de minimis and included in the HAPs category because that is how they are reported to the EPA. For Other Standard Categories, we reported tons of VOC's. Air emission weights reported above are based on continuous operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in fact our generators, charbroilers, hot water heaters do not actually run 24 hours a day. We currently calculate the numbers this way because of reporting procedures of our air quality consultants when we submit data publicly to EPA and the Maryland Department of Environment.

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