Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Lowell
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Glenn MacDonald
Executive Director of Environmental & Emergency Management
Environmental & Emergency Management
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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:

UMass Lowell’s Energy Conservation Guideline references a state policy for procuring energy efficient vehicles and also identifies specific vehicle fuel conservation techniques to be employed including: minimizing idling time to 30 seconds, removing excess weight to increase mileage, driving gently to increase mileage, planning trips to minimize travel and checking air tire pressure.

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) 15.51 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.45 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 8.88 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 1.05 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0 Tons

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

UMass Lowell is required under MassDEP air quality regulations to track and report significant air emissions annually. Scope 1 GHG emissions (stationary and mobile) are reported through the web-based Climate Registry Information System (CRIS) according to the Climate Registry’s guidance. All other emissions are reported through MassDEP’s web-based Source Registration reporting system in accordance with MassDEP regulations.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data reported here is based off of the MA DEP Source Registrations for the North and South campus power plants. Values were pulled from the “Total Emission Statement” at the end of each submittal. Values based off of CY 2016 data, reported to MA DEP in CY 2017. This is the most current data. MA DEP pushed off the reporting deadline for CY 2017 data, normally reported during CY 2018 due to system upgrades to their online reporting system.

Note: The PM value reported is the sum of PM10 + PM2.5 for each campus.

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.