Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.82
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2021

STARS v2.2

California State University, Long Beach
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.17 / 3.00 Holli Fajack
Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Planning and Facilities Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory within the previous three years that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :

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:

The inventory was conducted by staff and student assistants in the Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Parking & Transportation Department. The process consisted of gathering data related to Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions sources from various campus partners including, but not limited to the Energy & Utilities Manager, the Athletics Department, Facilities Management, and the Grounds & Recycling Department. This data was compiled, analyzed, and synthesized in order to facilitate its input into the University of New Hampshire's Sustainability Indicator Management & Analysis Platform (SIMAP) carbon and nitrogen-accounting platform. Data related to Scope 3 commuter emissions was gathered via an annual state-mandated survey administered by the university's Parking & Transportation Department. This survey collects data on the modes, frequency, and travel distances of employee commutes in compliance with local Air Quality Management District reporting requirements. In order to collect data for use in our greenhouse gas emissions inventory as well, the survey was modified to also include questions directed to students. The survey was then emailed out to the entire campus community and the results were then calculated by the Sustainable Transportation Coordinator and Sustainability Coordinator using a spreadsheet and methodology developed by a professional transportation consultant to calculate commuter emissions. The results of that calculation were combined with the results calculated using the SIMAP tool to produce our final GHG emissions inventory (attached).

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?:

A brief description of the GHG inventory verification process:


Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:

Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 6,471 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 1,474 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
7,945 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year (market-based):
Weight in MTCO2e
Imported electricity 11,435.82 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year:
11,435.82 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross GHG emissions from biogenic sources, performance year:
0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Does the GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from the following sources?:
Yes or No Weight in MTCO2e
Business travel Yes 1,616.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting Yes 34,439 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services No ---
Capital goods No ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 No ---
Waste generated in operations Yes -80.24 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources Yes 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
35,975.46 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of how the institution accounted for its Scope 3 emissions:

Data was collected from the following partners for each of the following emissions sources:
Accounting Department (university-funded business travel); Athletics department (athletics teams' travel); Parking & Transportation Services annual survey (commuter emissions); Landscaping, Grounds & Recycling Department (Waste emissions). Emissions related to purchased goods and services and capital goods were not included in our inventory.

Has the institution completed an inventory within the previous three years to quantify its air pollutant emissions?:

Annual weight of emissions for::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 4.54 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.03 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 2.76 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.96 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 5.28 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

Do the air pollutant emissions figures provided include the following sources?:
Yes or No
Major stationary sources Yes
Area sources Yes
Mobile sources Yes
Commuting No
Off-site electricity production ---

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:

There are two primary methods of data collection:

1) Emergency diesel generators, natural gas boilers, mobile diesel generators, and diesel-powered pressure washers are fitted with meters that measure output and fuel consumption. Emergency generators and natural gas boilers are monitored with results logged by campus Engineers. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) staff check meters for mobile generators and pressure washer usage.
2) To measure VOC emissions, inventory forms of VOC sources are forwarded to each supervisor of each facility's trade. They are completed, returned to EHS staff and the results are compiled.

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity (location-based):

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy (location-based) :

Website URL where information about the institution’s emissions inventories is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Reporting year for GHG emissions, 2017-18. Reporting year for other air pollution emissions 2019 provided by Michael Kitahara.

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.