Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.70
Liaison Michael Lizotte
Submission Date Sept. 18, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Charlotte
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michael Lizotte
University Sustainability Officer
Facilities Planning
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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?:

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

UNC-Charlotte has reduced air pollutant emissions by adding over 100 electric cars, trams, and minivans to the campus fleet. Ethanol (E-85) and biodiesel (B-5 and B-20) are stocked in campus fueling stations to increase use.

Has the institution completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary sources on campus?:

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

for 2015, emissions are reported to Mecklenburg County Air Quality for 69 stationary electricity generators, 80 boilers, and fuel storage. Pollutants include NOx, PM,-10, PM-2.5, TOC, NMTOC, CO and SOx. Hazardous air pollutants are reported for 35 categories, dominated by hexane, toluene, formaldehyde, fluorene, and xylene; the most abundant heavy metals are selenium and lead.

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 31.40 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 1.10 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 16.70 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.90 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 0.00 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0.40 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 1 Tons

A brief description of the institution’s initiatives to minimize air pollutant emissions from stationary sources, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Most boilers are run exclusively on natural gas. A small backup supply of number 2 oil is burned and replenished at the main heating plant every 2-3 years. Emergency generators are limited in testing hours. In 2015 the University was given an Air Compliance Excellence Award by Mecklenburg County Air Quality.

The website URL where information about the institution’s outdoor air quality policies, guidelines or inventory is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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