Air Quality Management
Outdoor Air Quality
In order to ensure proper outdoor air quality standards, multiple Air Pollution Control Operation Permits have been issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) for the UW-Madison campus.
Both the Charter Street and Walnut Street Heating and Cooling Plants have been assigned individual permits, specific to the processes utilized, to maintain acceptable air quality as a result of their operations. In addition, the other activities across campus that could impact air quality are collectively grouped under a campus-wide pollution control permit.
EH&S actively manages the operations included in the campus-wide air pollution control operation permit. Measures taken as a result include:
- Overseeing equipment operations and maintenance to ensure appropriate procedures are followed and established pollution limitations are not exceeded.
- Facilitating emissions testing on equipment when needed.
- Guaranteeing the proper training of our operators.
- Completing periodic reporting to WDNR of the actions taken that demonstrate air quality standards are being met.
- Making sure that all of the contributing activities on campus have been considered for air pollution control.
Please contact EH&S if there are outdoor air quality concerns or if more information on the campus-wide air permit is desired.
The air permits for the heating and cooling plants are not managed by EH&S but directly by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA). Related inquiries therefor should be directed to the DOA-DFD Architecture & Engineering Bureau, Engineering & Technical Support Section.
Indoor Air Quality
The air quality of classrooms, laboratories and other campus buildings is assessed by the Environmental & Occupational Health (EOH) program within University Health Services. As a part of the EOH program, they collect and analyze mold and spore samples; conduct air monitoring to evaluate chemical exposure health risks; and evaluate engineering controls for proper ventilation design and performance.
For indoor air quality concerns, see the EOH Indoor Air Quality Website for the appropriate point of contact.
Additional Air Quality Information