Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.23
Liaison Brian Webb
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Houghton College
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 3.00 Brian Webb
Sustainability Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory within the previous three years that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :
Yes

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:

We used the financial control method for our organizational boundaries and use the calendar year for our temporal boundaries. We have excluded satellite locations due to the difficulty of obtaining data and their small size (two primary sites at less than 50 students each in leased buildings). We organized the data in a spreadsheet, then entered on the University of New Hampshire's SIMAP program for the GHG calculations.

We calculated study abroad air travel by examining the flight itineraries for all students studying abroad (they are purchased centrally through our Off Campus Programs office).

For commuting we used survey data to estimate student and employee commuting miles.

For other business travel (rental car, employee air travel, etc.) we manually sorted credit card receipts to identify all business travel and then recorded and calculated the data.


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?:
No

A brief description of the GHG inventory verification process:
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Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:
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Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 2,592.64 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 264.15 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
2,856.79 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year (market-based):
Weight in MTCO2e
Imported electricity 1,334.43 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year:
1,334.43 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross GHG emissions from biogenic sources, performance year:
0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Does the GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from the following sources?:
Yes or No Weight in MTCO2e
Business travel Yes 149.29 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting Yes 308.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services No 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods No 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes 105.21 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations No 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources Yes 1,189.28 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
1,752.28 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of how the institution accounted for its Scope 3 emissions:

We calculated study abroad air travel (listed in "other sources") by examining the flight itineraries for all students studying abroad (they are purchased centrally through our Off Campus Programs office).

For commuting we used survey data to estimate student and employee commuting miles.

For other business travel (rental car, employee air travel, etc.) we manually sorted credit card receipts to identify all business travel and then recorded and calculated the data.

We also report T&D losses under "fuel and energy related activities not included in Scope 1 or 2")


Has the institution completed an inventory within the previous three years to quantify its air pollutant emissions?:
No

Annual weight of emissions for::
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Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

Do the air pollutant emissions figures provided include the following sources?:
Yes or No
Major stationary sources ---
Area sources ---
Mobile sources ---
Commuting ---
Off-site electricity production ---

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:
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Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity (location-based):
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Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy (location-based) :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s emissions inventories is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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