Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.63
Liaison Dwayne Doornbosch
Submission Date June 24, 2021

STARS v2.2

Langara College
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
8.00 / 8.00 Patricia Baker
Associate Director Facilities
Facilities
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 1,254 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,849 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 1.65 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 120 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 172 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 1,375.65 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,021 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine net carbon sinks:
Performance year Baseline year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 1,424 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,021 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 1,424 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,021 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

The entire BC Public Sector purchases offsets in the same way, with the Provincial Government of British Columbia's Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) sourcing verified emission reduction units and retiring them on the public sectors behalf. For 2019, BC public sector organizations invested $16.4 million in carbon offsets to achieve carbon neutrality.

This offset investment supported innovative emission reduction projects across the province in the forestry, agriculture, transportation, oil and gas, waste management and clean technology sectors. As part of the 2019 carbon neutral commitment, B.C. retired 640,305 tonnes of carbon offsets in June 2020.

More Info for on the CNAR Program and specifics related to carbon offset projects can be found here:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/public-sector/cnar


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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, 2019 Jan. 1, 2007
End date Dec. 31, 2019 Dec. 31, 2007

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

2007 was chosen as our baseline year since this was the first year that Langara completed a comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory as per the standardized methodology legislated by the Provincial Government of British Columbia for all public sector organizations.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 0 0
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 11,246.97 7,074.15
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,113.76 585
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 182.97 0
Weighted Campus Users 9,133.32 5,744.36

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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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:
66,778 Gross Square Metres

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 2,369.65 Square Metres
Healthcare space 523.62 Square Metres
Other energy intensive space 104.02 Square Metres

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
72,668.56 Gross Square Metres

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

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

Langara has been able to reduce our energy usage and emissions on campus while we grow. Since 2009/10, the campus area has increased by 30%. Several key GHG emissions reduction initiatives are outlined below:
- Construction of the LEED Gold certified Sciences and Technology Building (the fourth LEED Gold building on campus), which included several energy and GHG reduction efforts, including a heat recovery system. The construction of this building also included phase one of a renewed central heating plant on campus that will continue to significantly reduce GHG emissions
- upgrading many end-of-life systems to more efficient alternatives including upgrading lightint to LED throughout campus
- implementation of a geo-exchange system serving the Library building, C-Building, Science and Technology (T) Building, and Langara Student Union (LSU). The Library and T-Building share a geothermal loop formed by 78 bore holes drilled to a depth of 250 feet, and C-Building and LSU share a 90-ton geo-exchange system for their heating and cooling needs. This system provides 30% of the heating and cooling energy demand, while only emitting 3% of the campus' overall emissions.
- Converting constant volume fan systems in our largest building on campus to variable air volume.
- upgrading heating plant for Library and T Building, with the vision to extend across campus.


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

The Carbon Neutral Action Report (CNAR) is an annual report through which all provincial public sector organizations (PSOs) publicly disclose details related to their achievement of carbon neutrality. CNAR reporting provides a record of each PSO’s greenhouse gas emissions, offset purchases and reduction plans and actions, and is required to be submitted out each year.

A note regarding emissions associated with purchased electricity provided in this credit: emissions from purchased electricity are so low due to British Columbia's (BC Hydro's) clean hydroelectricity grid, which has a very low associated emissions factor. Ninety-seven per cent of the power BC Hydro generates is from clean, renewable resources.

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