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

STARS v2.2

California State University, Long Beach
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.48 / 8.00 Holli Fajack
Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Planning and Facilities Management
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Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 6,471 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6,007 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 1,474 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,692 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 11,435.82 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 16,805 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 19,380.82 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 25,504 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):

N/A


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 19,380.82 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 25,504 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 July 1, 2017 July 1, 2009
End date June 30, 2018 June 30, 2010

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

The baseline year was selected because it was the year in which the first greenhouse gas emissions inventory was completed. The year 2009-10 was selected because it was the most recent year for which data was available when the university signed the Second Nature Carbon Commitment in 2011. This is also the baseline year used in our previous (and first) STARS submission in 2017 and we believe that maintaining our original baseline will allow us to best track our progress over time.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 2,596 1,940
Number of employees resident on-site 81 2
Number of other individuals resident on-site 2 2
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 31,571 28,882
Full-time equivalent of employees 3,643.40 3,070
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,928.20 0
Weighted Campus Users 25,635.90 24,451.50

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 0.76 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1.04 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
27.52

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
5,771,554 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 194,814 Square Feet
Healthcare space 38,629 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 45,599 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
6,284,039 Gross Square Feet

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

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

The university installed a 4.75-megawatt solar photovoltaic energy system, constructed a net-zero energy classroom building, and renovated another building to LEED standards. We also launched a campus-wide building retro-commissioning project that aims to optimize energy conservation across all building floor space over a 10 year period. Additionally, we engaged in long-term planning for central plant infrastructure improvements including the retirement of aging infrastructure and retrofitting heating systems to include heat recovery chillers, which will help meet campus heating needs while also partially decarbonizing the centralized heating plant.

The university has also continued to encourage our campus community to shift toward more sustainable commuting modes. Programs include subsidized public transportation passes, improvements to bicycle infrastructure and wayfinding on and around campus, improved communication and marketing efforts to raise awareness about sustainable transportation programs, and the integration of the City of Long Beach's bike share program on campus grounds.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Reporting Period: 2017-18
GHG emissions numbers are from 2017-18 inventory. Description of GHG emissions reduction strategies includes those undertaken through 2020.

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