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Liaison Debra Shepard
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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Wentworth Institute of Technology
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Debra Shepard
Sustainability Consultant
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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:

Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) Outdoor Air Quality Policy is to evaluate ways to reduce the impact of outdoor air pollution sources including but not limited to inefficient fuel combustion from motor vehicles, power generation, and energy. As part of the evaluation, WIT will determine whether or not a pollution prevention method is economically and technically feasible for implementation. If it is determined that a pollution prevention method is economically and technically feasible then the method will be presented to WIT's Executive Committee for approval. Under this policy, WIT's Sustainability Committee will also make recommendations for programs aimed to reduce outdoor air pollution and improve health.

Wentworth adheres to all applicable reporting requirements for air quality, including local, state, and Federal regulations.

The campus has a policy and signage indicating that there is no idling allowed in loading dock areas.

Physical Plant utilizes six electric utility vehicles for day-to-day operations on campus, reducing the need for gasoline and diesel, and improving local air quality.

In addition, a streamlined procedure for move-in / move-out allows students and their families to reduce idling from over an hour to less than five minutes by eliminating multiple stops in the check-in process, and offering wheeled carts to transport belongings on foot from a central campus parking lot.

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) 24.47 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.80 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 18.11 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 1.80 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0.00 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0.19 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0.19 Tons

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

Wentworth conducted an inventory of stationary sources which is reported under the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Source Registration Regulations. Emissions of HAPs are reported as an aggregate number based on chemical use in laboratories.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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