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Air & Climate

Climate Action Plan(CAP)

  • CAP Steering Committee with subcommittees
  • Subcommittees - Goal is to develop and initiate action plans to further the University's goal of climate neutrality.
  • Emissions have reduced by nearly 2%
  • Aggressive energy project plan has completed projects that will reduce GHG by 3700 MTCDe/year.
  • Climate change research and student awareness
    • high schools
    • Teach-in
    • Earth Week

Outdoor Air Quality

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) - UMass Lowell

STARS - pdf

Minimizing atmospheric pollution and protecting outdoor air quality is crucial for protection of ecosystems and human health.

Required if the institution has completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary campus sources: Weight of emissions (short tons/tonnes) for: o Nitrogen oxides (NOx) o Sulfur Oxides (SOx) o Carbon monoxide (CO) o Particulate matter (PM) o Ozone (O3 ) o Lead (Pb) o Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) o Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) o Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations (please specify)

Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 17.76 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.42 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 11.19 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.55 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions
identified in permits and/or regulations
0 Tons

Energy efficiency projects

Major upgrades to the North Campus Power plant project in 2012 significantly reduced air emissions from the North Campus Power Plant by replacing two 1950s vintage boilers with new, efficient boilers and converting the entire plant to natural gas, see A Greener Warmth

Other initiatives include: replacement of steam traps, upgrades to the South Campus Power Plant, installation of Building Automation Systems.

UMass Lowell's Energy Conservation Guideline

  • Tips on vehicle fuel conservation
    • Minimizing idling time to 30 seconds, removing excess weight to increase mileage, driving gently to increase mileage, planning trips to minimize travel and checking air tire pressure.