Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.93
Liaison Christina Erickson
Submission Date May 9, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Champlain College
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.75 / 10.00 Christina Erickson
Sustainability Director
Campus Planning
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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 Some
Commuting All
Purchased goods and services Some
Capital goods Some
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 All
Other categories Some

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:

GHGs are calculated using the SIMAP tool. Data is submitted from Champlain College to our consultant, who then enters data into the carbon calculator.

Scope 3 includes Student Study Abroad Air Travel, Faculty-led travel courses, international service trips, student community, faculty/staff commuting, directly financed air travel, directly financed ground travel, T&D losses, paper and wastewater.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the internal and/or external verification process:

Inventory conducted by Jeffrey Murphy as a private consultant. Jeffrey used to work for the company that previously conducted our inventory. Inventory was then reviewed by campus operation directors and confirmed accurate.


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 1234 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1401 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 391 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 139 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 1884 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1518 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 3509 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3058 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, 2006 June 30, 2007

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):

FY2007 is when we started collecting data and calculating GHG emissions profile with Sightlines. They backtracked to estimate FY04-FY06.


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 9.36 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 10 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 9.36 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 10 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):

offsets due to: Solid Waste: Landfilled Waste: CH4 Recovery and Electric Generation (9.36 MTCDE)


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 3499.64 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3048 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1085 841
Number of employees resident on-site 6 6
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3891 1999
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 578 385
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1629 250
Weighted campus users 2402.75 1812.25

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 1.46 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1.68 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
13.40

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
869342 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 764 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 24241 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
895111 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 772 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 1122 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 39 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 99 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 1227 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Champlain College has measured and analyzed our greenhouse gas emissions for over a decade. Each year's analysis helps inform planning for future renovations and programs related to curbing our carbon emissions. In Fall 2017, Champlain College signed onto the Burlington 2030 program, which pledges to reduce building energy consumption, water use and transportation emissions collectively 50% by 2030.

Recent projects at Champlain in the past three years include the completion of CCM building (3 Green Globes) that included a massive renovation of an existing buildling; continued lighting retrofits funded by our Green Revolving Fund; Joyce Hall renovation - Summer 2016, including additional insulation, new windows, and improved HVAC system; and replacing boilers in three other major buildings.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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For scope 3 - waste generated is actually -9 MTCDE, as landfilled waste is sent to a facility with methane capture for electricity.

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