Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Madeline Schuh
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Pennsylvania
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Madeline Schuh
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities and Real Estate Services
"---" 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?:
Yes

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

Penn complies with the City of Philadelphia's anti-idling laws for diesel vehicles. City Council and the Philadelphia Parking Authority continue to work together to expand the anti-Idling enforcement efforts that are currently handled by Philadelphia’s Air Management Services. As the local air pollution control agency, Air Management Services monitors air pollutants and enforces city, state, and federal air quality standards. In addition, anti-idling information is included as part of driver training and driver re-training as a best practice.

Penn uses small electric, golf cart style vehicles to move small items across campus and perform maintenance when possible. This reduces the number of full size vehicles operating on campus for maintenance activities.


Has the institution completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary campus sources or else verified that no such emissions are produced?:
Yes

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 0.00 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.46 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 1.93 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 1.00 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 865.98 Tons

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

The air emissions inventory is developed as part of Penn's Title V annual air emissions report, prepared for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The University of Pennsylvania is a major research institution, with over 3,000 degrees granted annually from twelve professional and academic schools at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate levels. Penn is committed to reducing emissions and energy use, as stated in the 2014 "Climate Action Plan 2.0". This submission documents Penn's efforts during the FY17 year and compares them to the FY14 baseline year which corresponds with the University's "Climate Action Plan. 2.0". The submission relies on information related to the main, academic, West Philadelphia campus, but to more fully document efforts across the Penn system, information related to the Morris Arboretum and New Bolton has also been referenced and noted as outside the boundary in descriptions. The information is used to enrich examples of University efforts and is not intended to be the primary justification for credits. The responses for each of the questions and sub-questions are drawn from University materials, both internal and public documents. Each section notes the website where the information can be found.

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