Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.37
Liaison Holly Andersen
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Bennington College
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.71 / 8.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 2,115.16 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,859.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 81.93 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 93.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 1,160.63 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 700 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy 1,415 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,025 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 4,772.72 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4,677.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine net carbon sinks:
Performance year Baseline year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 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 storage from on-site composting 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon sold or transferred 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon sinks 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the carbon sinks, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):

We have working on reporting this since 2013. The work is completed by students on campus and has gotten better and more inclusive in each cycle, that is why we have the same base year, it is comparing apples to oranges if we use previous years data. Before last year, the last inventory we performed was in 2015. You can see the information Here: https://reporting.secondnature.org/ghg/ghg-public!3435


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 4,772.72 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4,677.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Performance year Baseline year
Start date Oct. 1, 2018 Oct. 1, 2013
End date Oct. 31, 2019 Oct. 1, 2014

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted:

The College signed the American College and University President's climate commitment in 2015, though we started to try and capture our carbon footprint starting in 2011. This work has been on-going and sporadic based on student interest. This AASHE reporting, our first, is intended to re-ignite these efforts and continue them on an annual basis.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 735 600
Number of employees resident on-site 300 250
Number of other individuals resident on-site 15 10
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 735 646
Full-time equivalent of employees 135 115
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted Campus Users 1,050 860

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 4.55 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 5.44 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
16.43

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
505,331 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 3,843.70 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,387 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 15,000 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
530,792.40 Gross Square Feet

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

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives:

We have so many. Beyond plastics, through CAPA, is the URL listed below. We are also working with Efficiency Vermont on their Continuous Energy Improvement pilot program, changing people's behaviors around energy. We continuously work in energy saving work whenever we perform a capital project. Over my almost 12 years here, we have saved 2,490,066 kWh annually and $429,232 in annual resource savings.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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I have a report from Efficiency Vermont to prove our annual electrical savings, though it has confidential information on it. I can certainly show it to you.

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