Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.87
Liaison Lindsay Batchelor
Submission Date Jan. 5, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

North Carolina State University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.87 / 10.00 Jeff Hightower
Director of Utility Infrastructure Planning
Facilities-Directors Office
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Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include all Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions?:
Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include all Scope 3 GHG emissions from any of the following categories?:
Yes or No
Business travel Yes
Commuting Yes
Purchased goods and services Yes
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes
Waste generated in operations Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from other categories?:
No

A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:

The Greenhouse Gas emissions calculations are based on the Climate Registry, Clean Air
Cool Planet’s Campus Carbon Calculator version 6.9, and Atmosfair.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the internal and/or external verification process:

Dr. Scott Showalter's masters level accounting class performed the audit of the 2013 GHG Inventory.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 92,728 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 68,121 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 8,083 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 18,340 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 98,919 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 143,494 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine total carbon offsets::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Institution-catalyzed carbon offsets generated 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon sequestration due to land that the institution manages specifically for sequestration 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from on-site composting 490 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 568 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution-catalyzed carbon offsets program:
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A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:
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A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

Landscaping waste is collected and composted at an on site facility. Food waste is collected and composted at an off site facility.


A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:
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Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 7,362 8,205
Number of residential employees 229 224
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 29,863.50 28,887.75
Full-time equivalent of employees 8,645 7,957.20
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 1,536.50 1,713.25

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2008 Dec. 31, 2008

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

When the university signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), we conducted our first GHG Inventory in 2008 which serves as the the baseline year.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
18,182,605 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 1,733,039 Square Feet
Healthcare space 66,880 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 2,675,945 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 5,519 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 27,329 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 1 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 204 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 1,334 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the sources included in Scope 3 GHG emissions from "other categories":
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A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
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The website URL where the GHG emissions inventory is posted:
A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Many of the campus sustainability and energy efforts, which can be found in the Sustainability Strategic Plan, Annual Sustainability Report and the Annual Energy Management Report, target the reduction of greenhouse gases. The most significant project in the the last three years was the installation of co-generation (CHP) system at the Cates Central Utility Plant. This project helped create a 24% reduction in greenhouse gases on North and Central Campus from 2010 to 2013.


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