Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.69
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Emory University
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.43 / 8.00 Kelly Weisinger
Assistant Director
OSI
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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 50,338.74 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 59,266.02 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 4,540.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 10,913.03 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 137,124.08 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 189,925.41 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 192,003.32 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 260,104.46 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 93.89 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 209.16 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 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 93.89 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 209.16 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

As of 2019, Emory University did not utilize offsets as part of its GHG emissions reductions strategy. The carbon accounting industry does not require onsite composting to be a verified offset, therefore information on “vendor, project source, verification program, and contract timeframes” as requested is not best practice nor required for onsite compost programs in GHG emissions inventories. Onsite composting meets the accounting best practices for offsets because baseline scenarios are known, composting programs are additional, there are no negative secondary effects, there is no risk of reversibility, and it is not double-counted. Emory composts onsite a small amount of landscaping materials.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 191,909.43 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 259,895.30 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 Sept. 1, 2018 Sept. 1, 2009
End date Aug. 31, 2019 Aug. 31, 2010

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

GHG emissions reporting began in the year FY2010, with 2005 as the original baseline year, and subsequent inventories were conducted in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2019.

In 2019, Emory’s Sustainability Vision Committee proposed an update to Emory’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals to mirror the latest scientific evidence and recommendations of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The scientific evidence shows that in order to mitigate global warming to a 1.5 degree Celsius increase or below, net anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases must decrease 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and reach net zero emissions by 2050. In light of this evidence, Emory leadership approved an update to Emory’s baseline inventory year to 2010 and its GHG reduction targets to match.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 4,479 4,190
Number of employees resident on-site 16 27
Number of other individuals resident on-site 712 671
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 15,214 12,724
Full-time equivalent of employees 16,664 10,183
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 85 0
Weighted Campus Users 25,680.50 18,905.50

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 7.47 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 13.75 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
45.64

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
16,640,636 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 2,678,208 Square Feet
Healthcare space 2,229,724 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 1,121,081 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
27,577,581 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:

Emory's Sustainability Vision outline goals for 50% total energy use reduction by 2025 from a 2015 baseline, and GHG emissions reductions to match the IPCC's recommendations to achieve 40% reduction by 2050 and net neutral emissions by 2050. Even as Emory University and Emory Healthcare continue to grow, Emory surpassed its goal to reduce energy consumption on campus by 20% by 2020. Emory is making progress toward its new goals through careful monitoring, strategic operations, innovative technology in constructed buildings, and behavior change. Since 2015, Emory has implemented combined heat and power technology in its steam plant, added rooftop solar to four buildings (and counting), employed geothermal energy technology in its first LEED platinum building, and has participating in national best practices and employed policies to reduce energy consumption onsite. Additionally, Emory offers incentives to reduce single-occupancy-vehicle commuting and provides an on-campus experience conducive to sustainable commute modes. More information on energy strategies can be found at https://sustainability.emory.edu/initiatives/energy/.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The data provided in this credit is based off of GHG Emissions Inventory conducted for FY 2010 and FY 2019. One estimation was made for weighted campus users because of lack of data: family members resident onsite as part of "other individuals" was estimated as 9, taking into consideration the ratio of onsite residential employees and family members from surrounding years.

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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