Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Ciara Tennis
Submission Date Nov. 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Connecticut State University
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.41 / 8.00 Renee Theroux-Keech
Interim Director
Office of Facilities Management & Planning
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 6,214.64 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3,958.91 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 277.27 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 5,925.63 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 6,491.91 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 9,884.54 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 12.35 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 275.08 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 19.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon sold or transferred 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon sinks 12.35 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):

Previous calculation of sequestration that evaluated tree cover in Arboretum and forested portion of Athletic Complex using i-Tree’s Canopy tool.

Composting data was gathered from tonnage of leaves Facilities moved to composting location. The average weight (lbs.) per truckload and number of truckloads were tracked then converted to tons.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 6,479.56 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):
Performance year Baseline year
Start date July 1, 2020 July 1, 2013
End date June 30, 2021 June 30, 2014

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

The performance year uses the most current GHG data available for Fiscal Year 2021. 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 “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 1,828 2,547
Number of employees resident on-site 11 12
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 4,001 4,777
Full-time equivalent of employees 694 759
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 258 481
Weighted Campus Users 3,787.50 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 1.71 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:
23.31

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
2,419,009 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 51,263 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
2,495,584 Gross Square Feet

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

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

Updated HVAC controls in Webb Hall classrooms.

Shafer Hall was put on it own condensing boilers, which are much more efficient than the previously-used South Heat plant boilers. We are planning on converting hot water and heating systems in our three largest residence halls (Nutmeg, Laurel, and Constitution) to condensing boilers and taking them off our main boiler plant. We will continue to do retro-commissioning on existing buildings, with the Gelsi-Young Building currently in progress.

Fine Arts retro commissioning was also completed in August 2020.

We also continue to upgrade lighting, switching from fluorescent to LED lighting.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This information was completed using information from the 2021 Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Fiscal Year 2021, submitted in May 2022.

SIMAP and Second Nature Public Reporting Platform: https://unhsimap.org/public/institution/122

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity is listed as 0.0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent because Eastern's electricity is 100% green (see OP-6 Clean and Renewable Energy for more information).

Gross Scope 2 emissions for imported thermal energy is listed as 0.0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent because Eastern does not import thermal energy.

Next submission: use FY21 data (this year's numbers), as these reflect the most current/updated data and methods and will account for the data being corrected and refined over time. FY20 should not be used as a baseline because it was an anomalous year for operations and students on campus and does not reflect normal operations.

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