Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Jacob Glickel
Submission Date May 28, 2021
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STARS v2.1

Northeastern University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Beshad Moghaddam
Regulatory Compliance Manager
Facilities
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Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :
Yes

Does the institution’s GHG emissions inventory include all, some or none of its Scope 3 GHG emissions from the following categories?:
All, Some, or None
Business travel Some
Commuting None
Purchased goods and services None
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations None
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Some
Other categories None

A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory, including how the institution accounted for each category of Scope 3 emissions reported above:

The University has adopted “best practices“ accounting principles as defined by The Climate Registry’s General Reporting Protocol, version 1.1. These principles are the same as those published by the World Resource Institute (WRI)/ World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting Standard. This standard encourages: relevance, completeness, consistency, transparency and accuracy. In addition, the University has followed existing GHG programs and protocols documented by the Registry from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14064‐1, The California Climate Action Registry, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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:

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts required GHG verification for entities reporting GHG emissions to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP). The university hired a third-party verification company in 2014.


Documentation to support the internal and/or external verification process:
Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 and Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions):
Yes

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 31,448.30 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 35,199.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 671.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 608.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 25,166.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 34,305.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 57,287 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 70,114 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2019 Dec. 31, 2019
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 2005

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

2005 was chosen as the baseline year because it is the first year in which we can confirm data


Figures needed to determine total carbon offsets:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased (exclude purchased RECs/GOs) 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 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon offsets included above for which the emissions reductions have been sold or transferred by the institution 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon offsets 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the offsets in each category reported above, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):
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Emissions reductions attributable to Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) or Guarantee of Origin (GO) purchases:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Emissions reductions attributable to REC/GO purchases 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the purchased RECs/GOs including vendor, project source and verification program:

RECs have been purchased for projects pursuing LEED certification.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 57,287 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 70,114 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 8,262 6,741
Number of employees resident on-site 40 30
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 30,434 18,492
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 5,060 2,949
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 4,340 0
Weighted campus users 25,441 17,773.50

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 2.25 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3.94 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
42.92

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
7,839,565 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 1,198,193 Square Feet
Healthcare space 13,430 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 96,648 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
10,359,459 Gross Square Feet

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel ---
Commuting ---
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 ---
Waste generated in operations ---
Other categories ---

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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