Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.21
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date Sept. 19, 2022

STARS v2.2

Denison University
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.05 / 8.00 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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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 6,664.45 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 11,926.56 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 208.61 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 652.84 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 6,191.92 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 18,503.99 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 13,064.98 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 31,083.39 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 ---
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):

Not applicable


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 13,064.98 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 31,083.39 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, 2004
End date June 30, 2021 June 30, 2005

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

The 2005 baseline year is the year we used when signing the Presidents' Climate Commitment and it represents one of the first years where we have complete and accurate GHG data for the college.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 1,893 2,021
Number of employees resident on-site 10 4
Number of other individuals resident on-site 5 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 2,253 2,099
Full-time equivalent of employees 751 576
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 365 0
Weighted Campus Users 2,460 2,512.50

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 5.31 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 12.37 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
57.07

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1,955,000 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 45,788 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 74,894 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
2,121,470 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:

Denison invested in a 2.3 MW solar array for campus through a PPA. As part of this project Denison receives a 2 for 1 REC swap. In addition, we have a robust green revolving loan fund and have funded over 200 energy efficiency projects in the last 10 years.


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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