Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.78
Liaison Greg Farley
Submission Date Sept. 9, 2014
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STARS v2.0

George Mason University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.19 / 10.00 Tyler Orton
Projects Innovation Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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 Yes
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes
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:

George Mason University Office of Sustainability staff provides data to an external consultant, Sightlines, to verify and calculate campus emissions. Sightlines uses the Clean Air-Cool Planet calculator to determine the carbon emissions.


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 Greenhouse Gas emissions are validated both internally and externally. Each year after the inventory is completed a meeting is held with internal stakeholders to validate the information that they provided. Externally, the consultant, Sightlines verifies and processes the data to ensure accuracy.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 24,020 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 15,069 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 993 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,718 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 46,004 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 45,018 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 4,600 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution-catalyzed carbon offsets program:
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A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:
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A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:
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A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:

Mason purchased carbon offsets for 10% of Mason's emissions from electricity for FY13 from a Green-E certified vendor.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 6,023 3,995
Number of residential employees 103 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 26,850 20,682
Full-time equivalent of employees 4,348.40 2,906
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 July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013
Baseline Year July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

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

The Greenhouse Gas emissions baseline was adopted in 2006, the year that President Merten signed the ACUPCC.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
8,309,768 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 488,335 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 56,000 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 6,403 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 20,724 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 347 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 4,386 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 45 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) ---

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:
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