Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.10
Liaison Jen Jones
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

College of Charleston
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.38 / 8.00 Jen Jones
Director
Center for Sustainable Development
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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 6,510.12 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 6,026.10 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 82.95 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 76.70 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 15,989.61 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 36,067.80 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 22,582.68 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 42,170.60 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 --- ---
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 22,582.68 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 42,170.60 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, 2020 July 1, 2012
End date June 30, 2021 June 30, 2013

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted:
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Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 1,986 2,993
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 8,955 10,537
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,588 1,724
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted Campus Users 8,403.75 9,944

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 2.69 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 4.24 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
36.63

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
3,687,003 Gross square feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 234,189 Square feet
Healthcare space 4,182 Square feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
4,163,745 Gross square feet

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

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives:
The FY2021 audit was conducted during a year partially impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that this will have a significant impact on our total emissions and are currently working on a FY2022 audit to understand how much the figures will be impacted. However, since 2013 the campus has engaged in significant energy efficiency initiatives to reduce waste in energy usage including engaging in an Energy Performance Contract with Siemens that began during the current reporting period but does not conclude until summer of 2023.

Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
FY2021 was used as a performance year because at the time of submission, FY2022 inventory has not been completed. This leads to differences in the weighted campus user reported during the performance year and what was reported in the PRE of this submission.

FY2021 was used as a performance year because at the time of submission, FY2022 inventory has not been completed. This leads to differences in the weighted campus user reported during the performance year and what was reported in the PRE of this submission.

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