Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.86
Liaison Alyssa Erding
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2021

STARS v2.2

Macalester College
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.60 / 8.00 Mike Pumroy
Energy Manager
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 5,438.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6,511.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 5,923.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6,483 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 11,362.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 12,994.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine net carbon sinks:
Performance year Baseline year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 135 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 135 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):

Macalester purchases carbon offsets for the heat used in a LEED platinum building from Schneider Electric (formerly Renewable Choice). The carbon offsets are Green-E certified.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 11,227.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 12,994.40 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 June 1, 2007
End date Dec. 31, 2019 May 31, 2008

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

When we set our carbon neutrality goal by 2025, we needed a baseline year to calculate specific goals before 2025. Therefore, 2008 was chosen as our baseline.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 1,197 944
Number of employees resident on-site 14 10
Number of other individuals resident on-site 2 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 1,882 1,889
Full-time equivalent of employees 666.65 535
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted Campus Users 2,216.24 2,056.50

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 5.07 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6.32 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
19.83

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1,504,107 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 178,408 Square Feet
Healthcare space 2,400 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 17,000 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,882,723 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:

The college has made significant strides in energy efficiency.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The other energy intensive spaces consists of food preparation spaces, kitchens, freezers, and data centers.

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