Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.77
Liaison Ezra Small
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Amherst
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
Physical Plant
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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:

The University of Massachusetts is obligated to follow Massachusetts Air Pollution Control Regulations.
Massachusetts Air Pollution Control Regulations (310 CMR 7.11 & Mass. General Law [MGL] Chapter 90, Section 16A) state that:
All motor vehicles shall comply with pertinent Registry of Motor Vehicle regulations pertaining to noise and exhaust.
No person shall cause, allow, or permit the unnecessary operation of the engine of a motor vehicle while said vehicle is stopped for a foreseeable period of time in excess of five minutes.
These regulations are enforceable by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, local, state, and University police departments, local fire departments, boards of health, or state or local building inspectors.
310 CMR 7.11 shall not apply to:
Vehicles being serviced provided idling is essential to proper repair thereof, or Vehicles engaged in the delivery or acceptance of goods for which engine assisted power is necessary and substitute alternate means cannot be made available, or
Vehicles engaged in an operation for which the engine power is necessary for an associated power need other than movement and substitute alternate power means cannot be made available provided that such operation does not cause or contribute to a condition of air pollution.
University Policy in regards to compliance with 310 CMR 7.11 and MGL Chapter 90, Section 16 A:
The University is required to comply with the State Department of Environmental Protection Regulation 310 CMR that prohibits motor vehicles from idling in excess of five (5) minutes, (except; If it is necessary in order to properly repair the vehicle, transfer goods, or to operate associated machinery as allowed in the regulation).
All University drivers are required to be trained in this policy. This requirement is the responsibility of the employee's Department.
Violation of this policy will be referred to the appropriate University department for corrective action.

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) 18.50 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 2.20 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 4.80 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 25 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0.00 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 2.56 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0.06 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 3.70 Tons

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

The majority of emissions are created by our Central Heating Plant. NOx, CO and NH3 emissions are measured using our Chemical Emissions Monitoring (CEMs) Equipment. SOx emissions are based on a maximum sulfur content fuel of 0.0015% for oil and 0.8 gr/100cf for gas. Other pollutants emissions are based on stack test data and annual fuel usage. The CHP Emergency generator emissions are based on our emission factors in our Operating permit and NH3 emission factors from AP-42.

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

Ozone (O3):
We don’t have any direct O3 sources. NOx and VOCs are precursors. But actual ozone would be for something like water treatment, thus 0 emissions.

Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations:
NH3 1.2 TPY
Total: 3.7 TPY

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