Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.27
Liaison Prabhakar Shrestha
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Anna Ripa
Sustainability Specialist
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:

"Vehicle idling gets zero miles per gallon; unnecessary idling wastes fuel and pollutes. Running an engine at low speed (idling) also causes twice the wear on internal engine parts compared to driving at regular speeds. The break-even point for shutting off and restarting gasoline engines as compared to leaving it to idle is 30 seconds - from the point of view of both emissions and fuel consumption.

Unless exempted in the following section, no University vehicle or piece of equipment is to be idled in a non-emergency situation. The operator of the vehicle/equipment is to turn-off the unit and the keys are to be removed from the ignition"

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) 26 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.54 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 24 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 3 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 8 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:

Inventory of stationary emission sources are included in UNL’s Air Quality Operating Permit – which includes reporting/record-keeping requirements for such things as operational/fuel limitations, emissions calculations, and maintenance requirements, etc (for optimal combustion).

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

In 2016 the Utility Plant stopped burning #6 fuel oil which resulted in lower levels of Nitrogen oxides. #6 fuel oil will not be used in the future.

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