Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.66
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 23, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Auburn University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.44 / 10.00 Amy Strickland
Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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

Does the institution’s GHG emissions inventory include all, some or none of its Scope 3 GHG emissions from the following categories?:
All, Some, or None
Business travel All
Commuting All
Purchased goods and services None
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Some
Other categories None

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, including how the institution accounted for each category of Scope 3 emissions reported above:

Auburn University utilizes the Sustainability Indicator Management & Analysis Platform (SIMAP) to complete its inventory. Data for the inventory is gathered by the Office of Sustainability from units/departments across campus.


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?:
No

A brief description of the internal and/or external verification process:

NA


Documentation to support the internal and/or external verification process:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 and Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions):
Yes

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 27102.12 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 22357.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 8762.97 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6823.12 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 116988.71 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 118382.69 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 152853.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 147563.41 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Oct. 1, 2016 Sept. 30, 2017
Baseline Year Oct. 1, 2007 Sept. 30, 2008

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

2008 serves as the baseline year for our Climate Action Plan, and therefore, is the year against which our reduction goals have also been established.


Figures needed to determine total carbon offsets:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased (exclude purchased RECs/GOs) 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Institution-catalyzed carbon offsets generated 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon sequestration due to land that the institution manages specifically for sequestration 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from on-site composting 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon offsets included above for which the emissions reductions have been sold or transferred by the institution 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon offsets 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the offsets in each category reported above, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):
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Emissions reductions attributable to Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) or Guarantee of Origin (GO) purchases:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Emissions reductions attributable to REC/GO purchases 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the purchased RECs/GOs including vendor, project source and verification program:
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Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 152853.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 147563.41 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 4561 2611
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 24849 22438
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 5105 4612
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 519 320
Weighted campus users 23216.50 20700.25

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user 6.58 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 7.13 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
7.64

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
11846397 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 478837 Square Feet
Healthcare space 163336 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 775269 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
13906012 Gross Square Feet

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
0.01 MtCO2e / GSF

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 41426.57 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 4727.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 6118.42 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 15304.58 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

The Climate Action Plan for the university guides our efforts, and makes purchased electricity, on-campus combustion, commuting, funded travel, and fleet composition our key areas of focus. Our primary efforts have been in relation to energy reduction, including retro-commissioning, lighting upgrades, and system efficiencies. We have also conducted feasibility studies for combined heat and power, as well as solar. Other efforts have focused on transportation options for students and employees, and include the implementation of buses, carpool portal, carsharing, and bike sharing. Many smaller initiatives are taking place across campus that contribute to reduction efforts.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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