Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.07
Liaison Michael Chapman
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Nova Scotia Community College
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.19 / 8.00 Kirk Herman
Environmental Engineer
Facilities and Engineering
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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 6,816.30 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 8,427 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 333.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 147 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 12,660.30 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 21,856 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy 3,875.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3,970.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 23,685.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 34,400.10 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 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 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):
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Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 23,685.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 34,400.10 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 April 1, 2018 April 1, 2008
End date March 31, 2019 March 31, 2009

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

The 2008/2009 baseline is used because this was the first year that NSCC began comprehensively tracking GHG emission data on a monthly basis for Scope 1 and 2 emission sources across all sites.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 120 180
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 12,703 9,976
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,845 1,633
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 737 63
Weighted Campus Users 10,388.25 8,704.50

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 2.28 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3.95 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
42.31

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
2,800,366 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 0 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 344,296 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
3,144,662 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:

Impact on GHG emissions is factored in to NSCC's capital planning decisions, to best leverage infrastructure renewal projects to reduce our emissions. Recently, we have replaced aging fuel oil fired boilers at Lunenburg and Burridge Campuses with high-efficiency propane units, and also replaced the fuel oil boiler at Pictou Campus with a high-efficiency natural gas unit. In addition, we are currently in the process of replacing the fuel oil boilers at Truro Campus with high-efficiency propane and wood pellet units.

NSCC is also addressing air leakage through envelope replacement when possible. Recent projects include a replacement of 73% of the building envelope system at Lunenburg Campus and partial roof replacements at multiple sites.

NSCC has completed ASHRAE Level 2 energy audits at all Campuses within the last five years. The most recent audits were completed at Luenenburg, Pictou, Truro and Marconi Campuses in 2019. We have also completed retro-commissioning studies at nine of our campuses in 2019. Between the capital suggestions in the energy audits, and the low-cost/no-cost suggestions in the retro-commissioning studies, NSCC Facilities were able to prepare Energy Management Plans for all campuses, which outline all potential energy-related projects, their associated costs and timeline for completion, as well as overall impact on NSCC's GHG emissions.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Scope 1 and 2 emissions were calculated by NSCC Facilities management, based on heating fuel consumption, imported steam and electricity at all NSCC-owned sites. The data is compiled centrally and recorded in a historical database for historical comparison. Additionally, NSCC has now uploaded all of our current and historical fuel and electricity consumption data into Energy Star Portfolio Manager's online platform, which allows us to quickly calculate and compare yearly GHG emissions, as well as weather-normalized energy consumption data.

Business travel related GHG emissions were collected by requesting rental vehicle data from Enterprise Car Rentals, which is NSCC's primary rental vehicle associate. Enterprise provided a full GHG breakdown given NSCC's rentals throughout the fiscal year.

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