Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.44
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Victoria
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Gary Bridgens
Director of Operations
Facilities Management Department
"---" 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?:

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

When new vehicles are sourced, preference is given to those with low emissions and the best gas mileage. The campus maintains a fleet of 22 100% electric gators for use by staff to travel across campus, and has 2 gas-electric hybrid vehicles available for rent by campus faculty and staff.

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:

The university provided nameplate specifications for it boiler systems, documents from previous stack testing, and recent actual natural gas usage amounts for about four years of operations. The previous stack testing was performed for a variety of load conditions and measured efficiencies, and CO and NOx exhaust concentrations.
The report presents estimated maximum 1-hour and annual emission rates from the existing boilers for the following air pollutants:
• Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)
• Carbon Monoxide (CO)
• Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)
These pollutants are the most critical ones emitted by the boilers. The number below represented as "1e,-05" were not recorded and are entered in place of zero. This was done because the STARS reporting tool would not accept an entry of zero.

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 1.13 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.00 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 0.64 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.14 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0.00 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0.00 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0.00 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0.00 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0.00 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:

The Integrated Energy Master Plan for the campus provides for a review to be undertaken of the natural gas boilers and the district heating system to consider efficiencies, alternate approaches and emission factors.

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

UVic works to minimize air pollution from mobile sources (fleet) by purchasing new vehicles with the lowest emissions and best gas mileage. This includes a fleet of 22 100% electric gators to service the campus grounds, and 2 gas-electric hybrid vehicles available for rent by faculty and staff. No specific steps have been taken to minimize pollants from stationary sources, as our natural gas fueled boiler system used to heat most of campus produces relatively few air pollants, and the generators are only used in emergencies. The campus Integrated Energy Master Plan provides a framework for the use and review of energy sources used in building operations.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.