Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 42.75
Liaison John Stolz
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Duquesne University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 10.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 All
Commuting All
Purchased goods and services Some
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 None
Other categories None

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:

Duquesne Univesity's Center for Environmental Research and Education used the Clean Air-Cool Planet's Sustainability Indicator Management & Analysis Program to complete the FY2016 greenhouse gas report.


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:

Data for all Scopes are analyzed using the Sustainability Indicator Management & Analysis Platform. Scope 1 information is obtained from Facilities Management and Public Safety. Scope 2 data is obtained from Energy Watchdog. Commuting methods are determined based on a 2010 University survey. The number of students, faculty, and staff that commute are determined based on institutional data. Faculty and staff directly financed travel is obtained from the Purchasing Office. Air and bus travel for athletics is obtained from the Duquesne University Athletics website and mileage is calculated based on scheduled destinations. Waste generated is from Facilities Management. Receiving & Inventory and the Print Shop are contacted for paper usage, although this does not account for all the paper used on campus. Offsets are known from Facilities Management.


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):
No

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 29930.99 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 30548.98 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 121.54 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 87.26 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 13351.84 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 11841.54 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 43404.37 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 42477.78 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, 2015 June 30, 2016
Baseline Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014

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):

Duquesne Univesity chose fiscal year 2014 as our baseline year as that was the most accurate recording of University greenhouse gas emissions.

RECs were not included in Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions above.


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 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 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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):

No offsets purchased.


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 11453.49 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 7861.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the purchased RECs/GOs including vendor, project source and verification program:

Duquesne University purchased Renewable Energy Certificates from Direct Energy Business, LLC. These RECs were National any Green-e.

RECs were not included in Scope 2 Emissions in Part 2 and are only accounted for in this section.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 31950.88 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 34615.88 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 3547 3822
Number of employees resident on-site 13 17
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 8894 9502
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1587 2238
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 253 310
Weighted campus users 8561 9532.25

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 3.73 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3.63 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:
3837361 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 66995 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1401 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 65521 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
4039674 Gross Square Feet

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 2207.43 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 5133.95 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 0 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 60.03 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 16.76 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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