Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.42
Liaison Janet Purchase
Submission Date March 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.39 / 10.00 Robert Denman
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Environmental Health and Safety
"---" 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 All
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations None
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 None
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:

The Clean Air Cool Planet tool was used to complete a 1990 baseline and 2008 inventory of campus greenhouse gas emissions. An internal Sustainability Manager completed the second GHG assessment for 2014 using the Second Nature online reporting tool.

Currently, our Environmental Health and Safety unit completes the annual emissions inventory every calendar year and provides the information to the California Air Resources Board. The data for this credit is from CY 2017.


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:

N/A


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 20330.77 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 8267 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 116.19 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 648 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 13734 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 21094.96 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 22001 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 Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 1990 Dec. 31, 1990

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):

California Assembly Bill 32, adopted in 2006, established the goal of reducing GHG emissions statewide to 1990 levels by 2020.

All CSU campuses are required to achieve this goal. The 1990 baseline was created by employees that are no longer in the CSU system. Despite our best efforts at looking at multiple old documents, we could not corroborate the data provided for the 1990 baseline. The campus has grown substantially since then. Our campus has the most students in the CSU system. Additionally, this is primarily a commuter campus, with only 1887 students in residence.


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 21094.96 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 22001 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1877 396
Number of employees resident on-site 1 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 32494.43 24796
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 3845 3420
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 2081 0
Weighted campus users 26163.32 21261

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 0.81 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1.03 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
22.08

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
5438137 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 89473 Square Feet
Healthcare space 32716 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 7322 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
5689837 Gross Square Feet

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
0.00 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:

During the last three years, the campus installed an additional 3 MW of solar PV. The campus, using a PPA agreement has contracted with SunPower for the project. This Phase 2 PV project installed 1,956 kW on the Nutwood Parking Structure and 1,086 kW on the State College Parking Structure. Between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018, these solar systems have generated 7,789,461 kWh.


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

GHG report uses a CO2 factor of 0.0847/MWh for Purchased Electricity. This factor was provided to us by Southern California Edison, our electricity provider.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.