Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Asheen Phansey
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Babson College
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.15 / 10.00 Asheen Phansey
Director of Sustainability
President's Office
"---" 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 Some
Commuting All
Purchased goods and services Some
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Some
Other categories Some

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:

The Sustainability Office collected the information and used the SIMAP tool.

Business Travel: Data includes travel procured through a travel agency. Does not include individually purchased trip using p-card

Commuting: Based on January 2018 commuter survey, fitted to population data as appropriate

Purchased Goods and Services: Includes office paper

Waste: Includes recycling, compost, and trash

Fuel & Energy Related Activities: T&D losses for electricity

Other: Wastewater


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 internal and/or external verification process:

Sightlines conducts a separate GHG inventory for Babson. The variance between the two reports is due to the inclusion of the Boston Sports Club building in the Sightlines report. This building, which is adjacent to campus, is leased out to the Boston Sports Club, BSC, under a long-term lease. BSC manages the building entirely separately from the main campus. Babson community members do not use the facility unless they join as private members.

As the full report is for internal use only, Babson has uploaded an excerpt from the Sightlines report.


Documentation to support the internal and/or external verification process:
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 4,199.56 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6,359.48 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 477.62 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 369.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 5,193.72 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 10,574.81 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 9,870.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 17,303.89 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 July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

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):

The greenhouse gas baseline was adopted as part of the Babson's submission to ACUPCC and for the college's Climate Action Plan


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):

N/A


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:

Babson works with the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (our utility) to purchase 5% of its electricity from Class 1 wind sources (RECs from Spruce Mountain Wind in Maine).

The SIMAP tool bundles the RECs with the Scope 2 reporting, so they are included in that number to avoid double counting.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 9,870.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 17,303.89 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,896 1,417
Number of employees resident on-site 14 12
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3,471 2,692
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 875.38 694.50
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 3,737.29 2,897.13

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 2.64 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 5.97 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
55.78

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1,794,741 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 5,260 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 29,155 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,834,416 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 2,379.56 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 3,306.17 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 94.37 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 285.85 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 3,093.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Scope 1: Replacement of gas-fired chillers with high-efficiency electric chillers
Scope 2: Ongoing energy efficiency efforts such as the installation of LED lighting
Scope 3: Installation of 12 EV charging stations

Note: Over the past decade, the New England electricity grid has become dramatically cleaner as coal and oil burning power plants were closed and replaced with natural gas and a small amount of wind and solar. This change is the primary driver of the decline in Scope 2 emissions.


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