Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.10
Liaison Brad Haydel
Submission Date July 17, 2019
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Los Angeles
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.55 / 10.00 Brad Haydel
Energy and Sustainability Manager
Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction
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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 All
Commuting All
Purchased goods and services None
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations All
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:

For most Scope 1 and Scope 3 GHG inventory data, Cal State LA uses SIMAP (Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform). For Scope 2 emissions, LADWP's historical electricity CO2 intensity metrics were used. In 2017, 31% of LADWP’s power resources were renewable, with the remaining power derived from coal (19%), natural gas (35%), nuclear (11%) and large hydro (4%).
Starting with FY 2015-16, Cal State LA began conducting comprehensive GHG inventories, including commuting, business travel and landfill emissions under Scope 3. This involves the completion of an annual Student Commute Survey to quantify the number of students traveling to and from campus, the frequency of their commutes, and their modes of transportation. A similar Commuter Transportation Survey is provided by Metro and completed by all employees annually. Business travel expenses, including both personal mileage and air travel, is maintained by Business Financial Services. Solid waste tonnage sent to landfill is reported by diversion reports provided by the University’s waste hauler.


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:
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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 2,953.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3,702.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 428.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 14,715.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 25,009.20 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 18,097.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 28,711.70 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, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year July 1, 1990 June 30, 1991

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):

Cal State LA uses 1990 as its baseline years since she Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32) requires that the Air Resources Board determine the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990. The act also requires that the Board approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, equal to the 1990 level, as a limit to be achieved by 2020.

Since 1998, LADWP has taken steps to move away from dependence on coal-fired
generating resources, including the divestiture of its power purchase agreement with Colstrip Generating Station, the shutdown of Mohave Generating Station in December 2005, and the discontinuation of involvement in the development of Unit 3 at Intermountain Generating Station. In addition, LADWP sold its share in the Navajo Generating Station effective July 1, 2016. Table C-1 shows the downward trajectory in LADWP’s power generation portfolio CO2 emissions and CO2 emissions intensity between 1990 and 2016.
(1990 = 1,551 lbs CO2/MWh; 2016 = 834 lbs CO2/MWh)
file:///C:/Users/bhaydel/Downloads/FINAL%202017%20SLTRP%20v2%20(5).pdf

Note: Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) were not included in Scope 2 GHG emissions calculations.


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):

N/A


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 151.32 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:

Cal State LA annually purchases 400 MWh/yr of Green-e® Energy Certified RECs. The avoided GHG emissions are equal to growing 10,256 trees for 10 years, avoiding 9,302 barrels of oil or taking 83 cars off the road for 1 year.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 17,945.88 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 28,711.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 957 991
Number of employees resident on-site 28 23
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 23,599 18,705.70
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 2,138 1,728.80
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 60 0
Weighted campus users 19,504 15,579.38

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 0.92 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1.84 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
50.07

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
4,226,992 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 349,630 Square Feet
Healthcare space 15,942 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 121,087 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
5,079,223 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 1,946.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 27,592 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 ---
Waste generated in operations 3,317.30 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories ---

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

According to Cal State LA's 2019 Climate Action Plan, the following list of mitigation strategies will facilitate Cal State LA’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040/2045: 1. Electric Grounds Equipment 2. Update Campus Fleet 3. Upgrade Air Handler Units 4. HVAC Controls 5. Demand Controlled Ventilation 6. High Efficiency Glazing and Windows 7. Exterior LED and Solar Lighting 8. Interior LED Lighting 9. Advanced Lighting Controls 10. Adjust Custodial Hours 11. Continuous Commissioning 12. Upgrade Housing HVAC Systems 13. Annual Energy Challenge 14. Expand Central Chilled Water Loop 15. Develop Central Hot Water Loop 16. Superinsulation of Building Envelopes 17. DC Power Systems 18. Onsite Renewable Energy 19. Battery Storage 20. Establish Building Energy Use Benchmarks 21. Utility Infrastructure Upgrades 22. LEED Gold Minimum Certification Standard 23. Zero Net Energy Buildings 24. Electronics Purchasing Policy 25. Alternative Workweek Schedule 26. Adjust Academic Scheduling 27. Promote Active Transportation 28. Expand Bike Infrastructure 29. Expand Public Transportation Routes to Campus 30. Carpool Program 31. EV Charging Stations 32. Metro U-Pass Program 33. Car Sharing 34. Freshman On-Campus Housing Requirement 34. Distance Learning and Compressed Schedules 35. Carbon Fee for Business-Related Air Travel 36. Organics Composting System 37. Zero Waste Coordinator


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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