Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.05
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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Grand Valley State University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.56 / 10.00 Yumiko Jakobcic
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Practices
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

GVSU utilizes the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment ACUPCC Reporting System to generate our GHG inventory. This year we used Clean Air Cool Planet version 7.0.


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:

As part of our internal verification process, the data is provided by various departments and then analyzed by the Office of Sustainability Practices. We recently had our Scope 1 and Scope 2 data audited by an external third party as part of our partnership with Chevrolet's Campus Clean Energy Efficiency Campaign.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 16,118 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 14,369 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 505 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 546 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 40,208 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 41,579 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 1,059 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 768 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 181 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 181 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 592 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:

GVSU maintains a 7 acre arboretum that holds 700 trees, as well as 16 additional gardens and vacant land that hold an additional 4,100 trees


A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

N/A


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

We have purchased Green-e recs for green power to add LEED points for new building construction seeking certification. The purchased offsets were for the library and the Annis Water Research Institute.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 5,997 5,662
Number of residential employees 24 25
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 23,889.50 23,674
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,372 1,879
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 676 371.50

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

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

GVSU's President signed the ACUPCC agreement in 2007 because he values sustainability; it is one of the University's 7 formal values.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
5,320,064 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 78,999 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,739 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 191,283 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 2,654 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 25,899 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 ---
Waste generated in operations 35 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":

N/A


A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
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:

GVSU has committed to limiting GHG emissions across all major fronts, including construction and maintenance of buildings according to LEED standards and promoting sustainable transportation options.


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