Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.21
Liaison Chris Gardner
Submission Date Aug. 23, 2022

STARS v2.2

Douglas College
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.00 / 8.00 Louie Girotto
Associate Director
Physical Plant Services & Projects
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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 1,322 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,474 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 1.25 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 248 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 355 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 1,571.25 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,831 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine net carbon sinks:
Performance year Baseline year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 1,852 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,067 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 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 1,852 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,067 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

The entire BC Public Sector purchases offsets in the same way, with the Provincial Government of British Columbia's Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) sourcing verified emission reduction units and retiring them on the public sectors behalf.

More Info for on the CNAR Program and specifics related to carbon offset projects can be found here:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/public-sector/cnar


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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 Jan. 1, 2020 Jan. 1, 2010
End date Dec. 31, 2020 Dec. 31, 2010

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

2010 was chosen as our baseline year since this was the first year that Douglas completed a comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory as per the standardized methodology legislated by the Provincial Government of British Columbia for all public sector organizations.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 0 0
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 10,544 7,109
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,186 919
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 634 285
Weighted Campus Users 8,322 5,807.25

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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
122,103 Gross Square Metres

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 9,905 Square Metres
Healthcare space 0 Square Metres
Other energy intensive space 1,239 Square Metres

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
143,152 Gross Square Metres

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

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

Key initiatives taken between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions include:

New Westminster campus
- Car sharing options for students and employees for nine cars at this campus.
- Upgrade of 17 pneumatic VAV boxes to electronic, to improve temperature control and reduce energy waste.
- Single-pane exterior glazing replaced with double-pane on the south building, level 4.
- 19,820 lbs of scrap metal were collected, shredded and recycled.

Lighting upgrades:
- Installation of LED lighting in the Carnarvon Parkade with motion detectors and daylight sensors. The LED fixtures use less than half the power and the lights over the parking stalls dim to 20% after 20 minutes and then shut off 20 minutes later if no motion is detected. The lights also have photo sensors so if there is enough daylight they stay off.
- Upgrade of Carnarvon Parkade stairwell lighting (pot & exit lights).
- Installation of LED lights with motion detectors in all stairwells. The new lights use 50% of the power and are set to dim to 20% when not in use.
- Installation of 60 LED lights in the Bookstore. The new lights use 50% of the power and are now tied into our lighting control system.
- Retrofitted all hallway fixtures to LED and replaced 1,000 32-watt fluorescent tubes with 9.5-watt LED tubes. New drivers were installed and all the lenses were cleaned, eliminating the need for maintenance for another 40,000 hours.

Centralized Student Services Renovation
- Upgrade of all lighting to LED with occupancy and daylight sensors.
- Upgrade of all VAV boxes from pneumatic to electronic and installation of DDC controls.
- Installation of occupancy sensors that turn off lights when rooms are vacant and switch VAV boxes into vacancy mode, resulting in energy savings from both the lighting and HVAC systems.
- DIRTT Wall system used in major renovation of 2nd floor: Over 12,350 lbs of drywall waste prevented from entering landfill (eliminates 4,820 lbs of H2S and 10, 170 lbs of CO2e); 146 lbs of paint-based VOCs and 20 lbs of drywall mud and tape-based VOCs prevented from off-gassing; 58% recycled and 1.2% bio-based content in wall solution; 1,690 recycled denim jeans in wall insulation and 53% less CO2e than conventional fiberglass insulation.

Coquitlam campus

Lighting upgrades:
- Installation of LED lighting in the parkade that uses less than half the power of previous lighting. Lights over the parking spots dim to 30% if no motion is detected then shut off after 20 minutes.
- Installation of LED lighting in most stairwells with motion detectors for dimming to 20%.
- Replacement of 40 2-tube fluorescent lights with 20-watt flat panel LED fixtures c/w motion detectors, which use less than half the power and have a life expectancy of four times longer.
- Retrofit of all high boiler room lights to LED.
- Retrofit of all exterior metal halide or HPS pole fixtures to LED, including in the surface parking lot. The new LED bulbs use one third of the power compared to the existing bulbs and last at least twice as long, reducing servicing costs.

Both campuses
- Added 17 EV charging stations: 7 in Coquitlam and 8 in New Westminster.
- Replaced plastic straws with paper straws in Food Services.
- Food take-out containers are fully recyclable or compostable.
- Food waste is composted and tracked. Waste oil is recycled.
- 25% of food products are locally produced.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
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