Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.20
Liaison Jonathan Rausseo
Submission Date March 29, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Ottawa
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Pascal Simard
Assistant Director
Office of Risk Management
"---" 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 Ottawa has a fleet of electric vehicles operating in the tunnel underneath the campus. These vehicles are used rather than combustion vehicles on the surface to increase productive. Additionally, the University offers a shuttle bus program to transport camups community members to the various campuses and affiliated facilities. This reduces the need for personal vehicles and by extension, reduces the potential for ground level smog.

Recently, the University minted a new Master Plan which calls for a 'car free campus core'. Our vision is to remove cars from the centre of the campus to reduce vehicle and pedestrian tensions, improve air quality, and maximize accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists. The Sustainable Transportation group helps bolster this initiative by offering a variety of 'active' and sustainable transportation solutions.The majority of their programs are meant to reduce personal car use to and on campus.

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

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

We do have an inventory of all our air emission sources but do not take any readings at the sources themselves. The air and noise modelling requirements for our emission approvals are based on input from maximum operating parameters, equipment specifications and worst-case scenarios. The internal operational procedures, maintenance programs on critical equipment ensure they work as specified and therefore modelling parameters are respected and we do not exceed the maximum allowed by the regulations.

- Our Stand-By generators are inventoried and registered under the EASR system of Ontario and meet the MOECC air emission standards.
- All our other stationary sources (boilers, fumehoods, HVAC systems) are inventoried. And they are approved by the MOECC under the ECA approval system for their respective Facilities.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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