Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.39
Liaison Lynn Stoddard
Submission Date Dec. 31, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Eastern Connecticut State University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.19 / 10.00 Lynn Stoddard
Director
Institute for Sustainable Energy
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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 None
Commuting Some
Purchased goods and services None
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations Some
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:

- Consolidation methodology to determine organizational boundary: None selected (not applicable)
- Submitted by: Lynn Stoddard, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE)
- Team who worked on it: Lynn Stoddard, Laura Miller, Alex Fazzino (ISE); Renee Keech (Facilities);
- Tool Used: UNH SIMAP online calculator, Second Nature Reporting Platform
- Data not included: University business-related travel (land and air)
- Limitations to submission: Need to complete a transportation survey to refine commuting data and add in university travel information
- Total Carbon amount: 16,078 metric tons C02e
- We were given two weeks worth of waste weight data from the fall and spring semester. We averaged the two together then multiplied the average by 26 weeks (half of 52 since we have two weeks) then converted to short tons. We estimate 752.102 short tons of trash and 123.37 short tons of recycling were generated for the year. However, these numbers, when entered into the SIMAP calculator, did not result in any emissions.


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:

The GHG inventory is reviewed by members of the green campus committee and ISE and Facilities staff members.


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):
Yes

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 6,497 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3,958.91 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 454 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 5,085 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 5,925.63 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 12,036 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 9,884.54 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, 2016 June 30, 2017
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):

The performance year uses the most current GHG data available for fiscal year 2017. The baseline year, fiscal year 2014, was the previous performance year used in our 2016 STARS submission; it was selected as the 2019 submission baseline so we can track our progress.


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 20.83 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 19.20 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 20.83 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 19.20 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):

For forest sequestration, Facilities Director Renee Keech reported that the Arboretum has a total of 6.97 hectares of forested land and the Mansfield Sports Complex has 29.5 hectares of forest, 18.5 hectares being undeveloped forested land. We used EPA’s forest sequestration carbon value of 0.82 per hectare of sequestered carbon per year to get our total value of sequestered carbon of 20.83 metric tons for 7/1/16- 6/30/17.


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

A brief description of the purchased RECs/GOs including vendor, project source and verification program:
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Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 12,015.17 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 9,865.34 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,430 2,547
Number of employees resident on-site 11 12
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 4,638 4,777
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 640 759
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 5 481
Weighted campus users 4,565 4,431

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 2.63 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2.23 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:
2,413,802 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 12,656 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 33,143 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
2,472,257 Gross Square Feet

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 4,042 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

The institution has looked into GHG reduction efforts through alternative energy sources such as the campus's installation of the fuel cell for the science building, as well as installing Encelium, which is an energy control system which has been placed in four campus buildings including the library, the administration building, Webb Hall classroom building and the student center. Encelium helps to reduce energy by using many sensors within a space which dim lighting and reduce HVAC to areas that are not being used.

When calculated by the SIMAP reporting tool, our 752 short tons of waste resulted in 0 MCO2e.

BAS System: Building Automation System, is installed in 29 campus buildings. 25 buildings have 100% BAS, and four have partial BAS. This includes time of day scheduling for on and off, controls air handlers, VAV boxes and exhaust fans, from occupied to unoccupied set points.


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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This information was completed using information from ISE staff who submitted the campus GHG Inventory for 2017 in January 2018.

http://reporting.secondnature.org/ape/ape-public!546

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