Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.65
Liaison Jennifer Sanchez
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Bakersfield
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.34 / 10.00 Aaron Hegde, Ph.D.
Director of Environmental Resource Management Program
Economics, Environmental, & Global Studies
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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 None
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations Some
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 None
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 GHG Emissions Inventory was conducted in the Spring of 2018 using the UNHSI Campus Carbon CalculatorTM v9.0 which is an MS Excel workbook that calculates GHG Emissions attributable to the various activities and operations of an institution and converts them into metric tons of equivalent carbon dioxide (MT eCO2). The spreadsheets within the calculator are based on the workbooks by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The GHG Emissions Inventory identifies the major sources of emissions produced by a campus, which is the first step for focused, collaborative effort on the issue of climate change at a university and is the basis for institutional action. This will allow the institution to develop a better course of action towards reducing our institution’s GHG emissions.


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:

CSU Bakersfield paid intern and Biology student, Natalia Rangel, completed the GHG inventory under the review of Chair of the President's Sustainability Committee and Sustainability Coordinator.


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 11,676 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 15,263 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 123 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 79 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 7,308 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 9,248 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 19,107 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 24,590 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, 2008 June 30, 2009

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 GHG emissions baseline was adopted because the university's most recent GHG inventory was completed in 2008. It was also the fiscal year where the data was most readily available


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):

Offsets were not reported above.


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 7,856 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:

The RECs were purchased through Shell. These RECs were not counted in the GHG Inventory.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 11,799 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 24,590 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 395 200
Number of employees resident on-site 2 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 7,764 6,745
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 997 793
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,473 0
Weighted campus users 5,565.25 5,703.50

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 2.12 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4.31 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
50.83

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1,182,863 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 81,979 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 47,735 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,394,556 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 ---
Commuting ---
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 ---
Waste generated in operations ---
Other categories ---

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

CSUB “Flipped the Switch” on its all-new solar panels in 2011. The $9.5 million project was paid for by SunEdison, part of a public-private partnership with 15 CSU campuses to build solar power projects. The 1-megawatt system provides 25 to 30 percent of CSUB’s total energy usage.


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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