Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.79
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Victoria
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Gary Bridgens
Director, Maintenance & Operations
Facilities 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:
UVic adheres to the "Capital Regional District Bylaw no. 3533: Clean Air by Regulating Motor Vehicle Idling". No person shall cause or permit a vehicle engine to idle for more than three consecutive minutes. Operational staff, and all campus community members (staff, faculty, students, visitors) are asked not to idle their vehicles. This includes all fleet work vehicles as well. UVic also complies with the British Columbia's provincial Waste Discharge Regulation (Ministry of Environment, BC Government). In doing so, our natural gas boiler flue stack (for heating space and hot water) is tested and inspected annually for optimal equipment operations. The stack inspection is part of UVic Facilities Management's policy maintenance schedule. All grounds equipment are required to have Tier 4 DOC (diesel oxidation catalytic particulate filtration technology). All equipment supporting older emission technologies has been replaced with 4 DOC. All university generators use biofuel (B5).

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) 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 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 efficiency, 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) NOTE: 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.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
No specific steps have been taken to minimize pollutants from stationary sources, as our natural gas fueled boiler system used to heat most of campus produces relatively few air pollutants, 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.

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