Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.49
Liaison Amy Elvidge
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Emerson College
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.43 / 10.00 Duncan Pollock
AVP Campus Services
Campus Services
"---" 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 Some
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 All
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:

Emerson contracts with Sightlines to conduct GHG emission assessments, benchmark our institution against other schools and our record, and offer recommendations for lowering our emissions. Sightlines gathers data on commuting, staff and faculty travel, athletic travel, study abroad travel for students, staff and faculty, waste, waste water, paper purchasing, and electricity lost during transmission. Waste includes composting, e-waste recycling, single stream recycling, building materials recycling and metal scrapping, and landfill waste.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the internal and/or external verification process:

See above


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 1252.73 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1455.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 143.19 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 780.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 6276.33 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6135 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 4170.23 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3382 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 11842.48 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 11753.20 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, 2010 June 30, 2013

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):

Emerson College has grown and dramatically since we began tracking emissions in 2007. While Emerson continues to grow and revitalize its spaces, the majority of the current campus was in operation beginning January 2010. For this reason, I have set the baseline year to be an average of FY11, FY12, and FY13, to better reflect the general resource use and associated emissions, both per capita and per square foot.

"Scope 1 emissions from other sources" is defined as refrigerants and our on campus fleet.
"Scope 2 emissions from other sources" is defined as steam for heating.


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):

NA


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 6272.33 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3261.61 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Emerson has purchased wind renewable energy credits to offset more than 100% of electricity consumption from Renewable Choice Energy for the past 3 years. Emerson has purchased RECs since 2004, beginning with a quantity equal to 2,500,000 kwh. For the past three years, Emerson has purchased RECs equivalent to 25,000,000 kwh.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 5570.15 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 8491.59 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1736 1916
Number of employees resident on-site 6 6
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 3 3
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3783 4350
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 846 572
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 3910.25 4175

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 1.42 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2.03 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
29.96

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1429317 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 0 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 21530 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1450847 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 1739.45 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 824.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 119.42 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 292.16 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 37.53 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 2259.63 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Over the past three years Emerson has:
-upgraded two buildings to LEED Gold
-2016 installation of Dyson Airblade V high-efficiency hand dryers in the 40 highest use bathrooms on campus.
- increase in energy-efficient lighting.
- increase in motion detectors have been installed in offices so overhead lights shut off automatically when people leave the rooms.
- additional purchases of Energy Star-rated computers and other appliances whenever possible.
- increase use of Veolia's "green steam" for heating buildings and water


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Fuel and energy related activities not included in scope 1 or 2 = T&D losses for electricity generation

Other = student study abroad air travel emissions

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