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Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Emory University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Brent Zern
Environmental Engineer
Campus Services
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Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include all Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions?:
Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include all Scope 3 GHG emissions from any of the following categories?:
Yes or No
Business travel Yes
Commuting Yes
Purchased goods and services No
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 No
Waste generated in operations Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from other categories?:
No

A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:

The campus carbon calculator by Clean Air-Cool Planet was used.


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:

The final greenhouse gas inventory was reviewed and approved by Emory's Senior Director of Energy Strategy and Utilities, who was not responsible for any component of the inventory as it was calculated.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 47890 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 60064 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 3888 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 15111 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 161706 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 191250 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine total carbon offsets::
Performance Year Baseline Year
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 253 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution-catalyzed carbon offsets program:

N/A


A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:

N/A


A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

Four years ago, in an effort to increase the University diversion rate, Emory Recycles added pre and post -consumer food waste and animal bedding collections for composting to its list of commodities and began the establishment of “Zero Waste Facilities” on campus. Recovery rates have been steadily increasing since the composting program’s inception in 2009.


A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:

N/A


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 4464 4424
Number of residential employees 22 27
Number of in-patient hospital beds 579 579
Full-time equivalent enrollment 15783 13507
Full-time equivalent of employees 24309 16665
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Sept. 1, 2011 Aug. 31, 2012
Baseline Year Sept. 1, 2004 Aug. 31, 2005

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

The baseline year of 2005 was selected to be the same as the baseline year established previously for measuring other on-campus sustainability initiatives. 2005 aligns with the year the University's Strategic Plan was initiated that identifies sustainability as an institutional priority and called for the development of Emory's Sustainability Vision.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
9885730 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 1541623 Square Feet
Healthcare space 2273411 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 24567 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 51078 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 (please specify below) 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the sources included in Scope 3 GHG emissions from "other categories":
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A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
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The website URL where the GHG emissions inventory is posted:
A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

In 2011, Emory adopted a Climate Action plan with ambitious greenhouse emissions goals. These goals include reducing total emissions by 20% (and 35% reduction per square foot) by 2020; reducing total emissions by 36% (and 50% reduction per square foot) by 2036; and achieving 50% reduction in total emissions (85% reduction per square foot) by 2050. In addition to the enterprise-wide operational recommendations, the Climate Action Plan asked academic departments and operations to develop emission reduction plans. These individual Plans lay out various strategic paths toward reducing the carbon emissions of each academic unit in the areas of sustainable building and construction, energy, transportation, waste management, food, procurement, academic programs, and individual action. These efforts include, operationally, retrofits to existing buildings, greening new buildings by following LEED standards, retrofits to stationary combustion sources (i.e., steam plant) to make it burn fuel more efficiently, evaluating sources of renewables, building a water reclamation facility, and moving towards Zero Waste facilities on campus through a multitude of recycling opportunities.

Recent innovations include the continuation of Emory's Utility Reduction and Energy Conservation Agreement (URECA) with its Phase IV, the retrocomissioning of many URECA buildings, and the unique Sustainable Performance Program to ensure these buildings are maintained and operate sustainably. Funding has been acquired through The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta's Grants to Green program for energy efficiency updates to the School of Medicine Building as part of its Climate Action Plan. Additionally, Emory University Hospital Midtown is one of only two hospitals in Atlanta that have joined the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge - a commitment to reduce energy and water consumption 20% by 2020. Emory's new Green Lab and Green Office programs aim to assist with overall GHG emissions reduction, and transportation surveys assist with understanding current behavior and planning for decreasing SOV trips to and from campus.


The data provided in this credit is based off of GHG Emissions Inventory conducted for FY 2005 and FY 2012.

Emory's GHG Emissions Inventory includes the adjacent Emory Healthcare System and scientific research facilities, with the goal in mind to promote sustainability efforts across the whole Emory institution. The decision to include these energy intensive facilities significantly contributes to the carbon emissions levels inventoried.

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