Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.27
Liaison Suchi Daniels
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of South Florida (Tampa)
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Suchi Urs Daniels, RA, LEED AP BD + C,
Quality Assurance Program Manager/Project Manager
Facilities Planning
"---" 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:

On January 4, 2016, the USF Tampa Campus became entirely tobacco and smoke free. Smoking and use of tobacco products are not allowed in any indoor or outdoor area, including parking garages, grounds, sidewalks or recreational areas. Additionally, this policy addresses e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes follow the same restrictions applicable to tobacco.

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) emphasizes certain strategies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions over time. These strategies are aligned with specific scopes of greenhouse gas emissions to better leverage and focus institutional strengths and to set periodic (five-year) priorities for resource allocations. The strategies collectively focus on improvements to the designed and built environments (including water management), transportation, energy, and consumption (waste and recycling) through policy promulgation, education and awareness campaigns, and updates to the Tampa Campus Master Plan, among other action steps.
C. Transportation includes, but is not limited to: pedestrian and bicycle commuting, bus
system, commuter options, motor vehicle idling, mass transit, parking, campus fleet, and
air travel.

The 2015-2025 USF System Campus Master Plan Updates Summary of Objectives include:
Objective 8.1: Identify mitigation techniques in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the air quality. Policy 8.1.1: The University shall continue to participate in and consider expanding those programs that contribute to improving existing air quality and reducing greenhouse through the reduction of campus traffic and parking demands. Such programs include participation in local transportation management associations such as New North Transportation Alliance (NNTA), transit routing and terminal servicing activities and the promotion of bicycle and pedestrian circulation improvements, see Element 5 Transportation. Policy 8.1.2: The University shall reduce mobile sources of air pollution through implementation of Element 5,Transportation policies designed to discourage dependence on single occupancy vehicles (SOV) as the primary transportation mode for commuting to and from and/or moving on campus, reduce emissions caused by idling times at signals, and to encourage alternative modes of transportation. Policy 8.1.3: The University shall explore and implement, as appropriate, alternative fuel vehicles including automobile and golf cart fleets and campus shuttle systems for on-campus utilization. Policy 8.1.4: The University shall determine the potential impacts on air quality before construction of parking structures. Parking structures shall be sized and designed to facilitate rapid ingress and egress of vehicles to minimize idling time, and to maximize air flow through them to eliminate pockets of stagnation where pollutant levels can build up. Policy 8.1.5: The University shall minimize emissions of air pollutants from and within buildings on campus, minimizing the storage and use of volatile and hazardous materials, and by reducing use of refrigerants and coolants in campus buildings. Policy 8.1.6: The University shall continue monitoring both indoor and outdoor air quality.


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) ---
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:

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

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