Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.54
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2020

STARS v2.2

Elon University
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.47 / 8.00 Elaine Durr
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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 5,136.28 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4,664.74 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 1,442.85 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,127.07 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 12,688.88 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 15,812.11 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 19,268.01 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 21,603.92 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine net carbon sinks:
Performance year Baseline year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 1,860 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 71.03 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 37.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 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 1,931.03 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 37.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Carbon storage from on-site composting represents on-site yard waste composting. The metric tons of CO2 equivalent value was determined using SIMAP. Elon collects and composts 100% of its own yard waste in a facility located on the edge of campus. The resulting compost is then utilized on campus. For this on-site yard waste composting program: the baseline is known, it is additional, there are no known negative secondary effects, it is not reversible and it is not double-counted.
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased represents offsets purchased through Urban Offsets as part of a community carbon bundle, in which local tree plantings were also supported. The third-party verified carbon offsets came from the Gaston County (NC) Landfill Gas Destruction Project, verified through the Climate Action Reserve and retired on Elon's behalf in November 2018.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 17,336.98 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 21,566.12 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 June 1, 2018 June 1, 2007
End date May 31, 2019 May 31, 2008

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

FY 2007-2008 is the baseline for Elon's Climate Action Plan and is utilized to measure progress toward Elon's carbon neutrality goal.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 3,948 2,860
Number of employees resident on-site 21 17
Number of other individuals resident on-site 26 11
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 6,860 5,314
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,459 1,011
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted Campus Users 7,257.50 5,474

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 2.39 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3.94 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
39.37

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
3,116,353 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 13,706 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
3,143,765 Gross Square Feet

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

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives:
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Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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