Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.79
Liaison Courtney Stoner
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

American University
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.40 / 3.00 Courtney Stoner
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory within the previous three years that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :
Yes

A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:

American University uses Gordian (previously Sightlines), who enters the data they gather into the SIMAP calculator.


Has the GHG emissions inventory been validated internally by personnel who are independent of the GHG accounting and reporting process and/or verified by an independent, external third party?:
Yes

A brief description of the GHG inventory verification process:

American University partnered with third-party firm Gordian (previously Sightlines, a Gordian company), to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory as part of a sustainability analysis and benchmarking service. Gordian’s proprietary process quantifies data from source documents (such as energy bills) and verifies the results by reviewing them with campus facilities and sustainability staff. Inputs are updated yearly, verified using a standard process, and handled using Gordian’s internal data processing tools. Emissions are calculated using the methodology established by SIMAP, formerly the Campus Carbon Calculator, which is the most commonly used tool for calculating GHG inventories across the higher education sector.


Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:
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Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 7,522.73 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 466.22 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
8,544.44 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year (market-based):
Weight in MTCO2e
Imported electricity 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year:
0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross GHG emissions from biogenic sources, performance year:
282.83 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Does the GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from the following sources?:
Yes or No Weight in MTCO2e
Business travel Yes 14,828.17 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting Yes 4,407.06 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services Yes 72.08 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods No ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes 1,316.68 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations Yes 408.35 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources No ---

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
21,032.34 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of how the institution accounted for its Scope 3 emissions:

Business Travel - includes all university related travel for faculty and staff, study abroad travel, and athletic (ground) travel
Commuting - includes faculty, staff, and student commuting
Purchased goods and services - includes paper purchased, excluding Airlie.
Fuel-and energy related activities includes T&D Losses
Waste generated in operations includes waste and wastewater, excluding Airlie.


Has the institution completed an inventory within the previous three years to quantify its air pollutant emissions?:
No

Annual weight of emissions for::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) ---
Sulfur oxides (SOx) ---
Carbon monoxide (CO) ---
Particulate matter (PM) ---
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

Do the air pollutant emissions figures provided include the following sources?:
Yes or No
Major stationary sources ---
Area sources ---
Mobile sources ---
Commuting ---
Off-site electricity production ---

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:
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Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity (location-based):
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Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy (location-based) :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s emissions inventories is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Although the rest of the report excludes 3201 New Mexico Ave for operational purposes, it is included in the GHG emissions inventory.

Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources = Direct Transportation + Refrigerants & Chemicals + Agriculture (CO2 MTCDE)

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions = emissions before carbon offsets have been applied, but after renewables.

For our full, official GHG emission inventory and in our reports to Second Nature, we include the farm Airlie, which AU owns. However, it is not included in the above numbers for STARS, since we have excluded it for other categories in this report.

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