Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.06
Liaison Andrea Trimble
Submission Date May 29, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Virginia
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jessica Wenger
Environmental Projects Manager
Environmental Health & Safety
"---" 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:

Per State law, vehicles used for public service are not allowed to idle for more than 3 minutes. As a State agency, UVA adheres to this requirement, which reduces unnecessary vehicle emissions.

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:

Yes, UVA operates under a Title V Air Permit which requires monitoring of and recordkeeping for Main Heat Plant boilers, MHP coal and ash handling equipment, other significant boilers, emergency generators, ethylene oxide sterilizers, cabinet shop
The permit also includes a list of emissions sources classified as insignificant either based on their potential emissions or their size. Diesel storage tanks and small boilers are considered insignificant.

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 1,076.66 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 28.99 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 92.22 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 23.29 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 0.15 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 13.92 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0.07 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 3.75 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:

UVA complies with the requirements of its Title V Air Permit, which limits air emissions from stationary sources. The permit also requires operation and maintenance of such sources so that that the sources are operating optimally. As new buildings are brought online, efforts are made to add buildings to district heating as much as possible, to minimize the need to add smaller stationary sources. The benefit of district heating is it allows air pollution controls to be focused on large, centralized sources which are continually monitored so they can be operated at optimum capacity.

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

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