Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date April 30, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Dickinson College
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Tyce Herrman
Projects Coordinator
Center for Sustainability Education
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Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include all Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions?:
Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include all Scope 3 GHG emissions from any of the following categories?:
Yes or No
Business travel Yes
Commuting Yes
Purchased goods and services No
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes
Waste generated in operations Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from other categories?:
Yes

A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:

Dickinson uses the CleanAir-CoolPlanet calculator.


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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Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 5263.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4603.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 683.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 385 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 9107.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 8586.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine total carbon offsets::
Performance Year Baseline Year
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 212.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 141 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 8190.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3849.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution-catalyzed carbon offsets program:

Dickinson has a carbon offset program that accepts food waste from Weiss Market, a grocery store, and composts the waste at the College Farm. The volume of food waste averages 500 pounds per week. Over a calendar year, diverting the Weiss Market’s food waste from the landfill to compost on our farm offsets approximately 8 MTeCO2. The offset is not verified by a third party and does not qualify as an offset under ACUPCC for that reason. But the carbon reductions are real; it is an ongoing program that we plan to continue, and we are considering working with a third party to verify the offsets.


A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:
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A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

Dickinson composts food waste generated during campus dining services operations at the Dickinson College Farm. (http://www.dickinson.edu/info/20052/sustainability/2282/food_and_farm)


A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:

On September 6, 2012, Dickinson purchased 54,000 MWhs (18,000 MWh annually for three years) of wind RECs from Green Mountain Energy Company. The RECs are Green-e Certified.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1979 1912.50
Number of residential employees 26 26
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 2344.84 2345
Full-time equivalent of employees 830 780
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

The GHG emissions baseline was adopted after signing the ACUPCC.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1962411 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 123000 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 55500 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 404 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 1826 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 562.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 3 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) 2101.75 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the sources included in Scope 3 GHG emissions from "other categories":

Includes study abroad student travel and athletic teams bus and air travel.


A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
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The website URL where the GHG emissions inventory is posted:
A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:
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Weighted Campus Users

Performance year:

On campus student residents is reported as an average of number of students living on campus at the beginning of Fall 2013 and beginning of Spring 2014 semesters. This excludes students living at home and commuting, living in non-Dickinson owned or managed housing (Dickinson has lease agreements with a number of house and apartment landlords in the borough), and students studying abroad.

Residential staff is an average of Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 headcounts.

Fall 13/Spring 14 population was used as representative of campus population data for FY '14 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014). Summer housing and enrollment numbers of Dickinson students and staff (and the many summer programs Dickinson hosts) are not captured in our weighted campus user calculations.

Baseline year:

08/09 academic year (FY09) was used only for on campus student calculation. Residence Life switched to a new database system in FY08, and some data was lost that year. All other baseline population numbers are from 07/08 academic year (FY08).

Residential staff for FY08 are an estimate - data is no longer available.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.