Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.79
Liaison Katharine Gross
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Lehigh University
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.21 / 8.00 Douglas Spengel
Associate Director Utilities and Engineering
Facilities Services
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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 21,193.98 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 26,327 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 1,407.86 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,275.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 18,834.82 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 31,511 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 41,436.66 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 59,113.50 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 --- ---
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):

Lehigh did not purchase any offsets during the baseline year or the performance year. Lehigh has forest land that serves as a carbon sink but the quantity of this sink has not yet been determined.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 41,436.66 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 59,113.50 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 July 1, 2018 Jan. 1, 2007
End date June 30, 2019 Dec. 31, 2007

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

Lehigh created an independent Climate Commitment document in April 2008. The baseline established at that time was with calendar year 2007 data. For the 2007 calendar year baseline, only Scope 1 and 2 emissions had been calculated whereas now Lehigh calculates Scope 3 emissions annually. When Lehigh began calculating Scope 3 emissions the baseline emissions were increased by the amount of the Scope 3 emissions computed that particular year.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 3,422 4,608
Number of employees resident on-site 1 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 6,422 7,577.33
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,819 1,654
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 197.99 234.33
Weighted Campus Users 6,888.01 7,899.75

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 6.02 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 7.48 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
19.61

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
4,547,569 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 184,286 Square Feet
Healthcare space 3,101 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 332,145 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
5,254,488 Gross Square Feet

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

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

Recent initiatives include relamping and installation of new variable speed drives in several buildings. As fluorescent lights burn out or fail, they are being replaced with light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Several buildings and outdoor areas have been relamped with LEDs, including many street lights on each campus. HVAC staff have been installing new variable speed drives on existing motors to extend motor life and to reduce energy. An HVAC renovation of the STEPS Laboratory building was completed, including replacement of two heat wheels, and this saved a lot of energy. An electric-powered bus was added to the bus fleet at the end of the performance year, and more electric vehicles will be added soon. Similar types of projects are planned for the coming year.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Greenhouse gas emissions were impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting institution shutdown. To represent a normal year, we used the previous STARS submission with reductions from our addition of renewable energy from a virtual power purchase agreement (24,163,937 kwh of RECs). Demographic data from the previous STARS submission was also used to match the data entered.

(The RECs for Lehigh began accruing on February 20, 2020. By December 31, 2020 Lehigh had accrued a total of 57,847,000 kWh of RECs. Assuming an equal amount of RECs are transferred each day, the total RECs accrued by Lehigh between February 20, 2020 and June 30, 2020 to comply with the reporting period is 24,163,937 kWh)

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