Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Stephanie Corbett
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Case Western Reserve University
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Stephanie Corbett
Director
Energy & Sustainability
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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 4,863 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4,481 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 2,204 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 5,461 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 66,623 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 95,504 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy 37,196 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 67,204 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 110,886 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 172,650 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 100 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 20 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 100 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the carbon sinks, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):

Compost weight is the sum of what is produced on main campus as well as the University Farm, using a standard volume to weight conversion.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 110,786 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 172,630 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, 2019 July 1, 2008
End date June 30, 2020 June 30, 2009

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

President Snyder signed the ACUPCC in 2008, the baseline was adopted for the following year, FY 09


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 4,100 3,000
Number of employees resident on-site 24 15
Number of other individuals resident on-site 10 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 10,456 8,449
Full-time equivalent of employees 4,196 5,044
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 282 0
Weighted Campus Users 11,818.50 10,873.50

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 9.37 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 15.88 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
40.96

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
8,499,923 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 920,400 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
10,340,723 Gross Square Feet

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

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

CWRU has invested heavily into mechanical system upgrades and lighting retrofits since the signing of the Presidents Climate Commitment in 2008, including phasing out the need for heating oil on campus. In conjunction with improvements to the electric grid, electric efficiency has increased while electricity emissions have declined over the last 10 years. The steam CWRU purchased historically was sourced entirely from coal, but in FY2017 switched to natural gas, which caused an emissions reduction as well. There were fewer degree days in FY2015-16, which Facilities was able to take advantage of when heating and cooling buildings.

Furthermore, better data tracking for data elements such as refrigerants and fertilizer has brought the GHG inventory closer to reality. Back in FY2009, information provided were estimates from people within Facilities.


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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There is a significant change in scope 1&2 emissions from baseline to current. This data has been third-party validated. A great deal of work has been done and investments made on campus to make buildings more efficient and to reduce the energy intensity of campus.

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