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

STARS v2.2

Houghton College
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.08 / 8.00 Brian Webb
Sustainability Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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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 2,592.64 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,540 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 264.15 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 306 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 1,334.43 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,339 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 4,191.22 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4,185 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

None


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 4,191.22 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4,185 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 Jan. 1, 2018 Jan. 1, 2009
End date Dec. 31, 2018 Dec. 31, 2009

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

In 2008 our president signed the ACUPCC, committing us to carbon neutrality by 2050. The baseline calculation was made in early 2010 for the calendar year 2009 emissions.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 719 1,020
Number of employees resident on-site 31 8
Number of other individuals resident on-site 16 5
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 929 1,208
Full-time equivalent of employees 187 253
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 36 0
Weighted Campus Users 1,013.50 1,357.75

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 4.14 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3.08 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
915,687 Gross Square Feet

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

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
915,687 Gross Square Feet

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
0.00 MtCO2e / GSF

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives:

We installed a 2.6 MW solar system in April 2015. Since then we have pursued smaller-scale energy efficiency opportunities, such as lighting projects and adjusting temperature settings. In fall 2018 we performed a large-scale LED retrofit project.


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