Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.94
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Ohio University
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.24 / 8.00 Elaine Goetz
Director of Energy Management & Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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 39,751.43 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 62,160.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 3,024.69 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,186.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 32,257.98 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 77,756.30 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 75,034.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 142,103.40 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 167 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 195.30 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 167 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 195.30 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the carbon sinks, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):

Ohio University owns and operates an in-vessel composting system from Wright Environmental. All pre-consumer food waste and much of the post-consumer food waste generated at Ohio University is composted in our composting system.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 74,867.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 141,908.10 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 July 1, 2018 July 1, 2011
End date June 30, 2019 June 30, 2012

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

Facilities Management, after reviewing older data, decided that only data from FY12 to the present was verifiable and accurate. They have therefore asked us to use FY12 as our baseline in greenhouse gas emissions calculations. This baseline will be recommended as the official baseline for our Sustainability and Climate Action Plan updates in 2021.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 6,875 7,296
Number of employees resident on-site 26 22
Number of other individuals resident on-site 19 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 22,632 19,834
Full-time equivalent of employees 3,823 3,302
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 3,411 0
Weighted Campus Users 19,027.25 19,181.50

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 3.93 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 7.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
46.81

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
8,130,798 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 281,140 Square Feet
Healthcare space 29,309 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 415,178 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
9,166,874 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:

Ohio University drastically reduced emissions since FY12 by switching heating fuel from coal to natural gas in November 2015, by conducting steam tunnel repairs in summer 2015 and 2016, by purchasing new natural gas boilers in 2016 and by purchasing RECs for 50% of our electricity usage beginning in 2016. Efforts have also been made to decrease commuting emissions by creating a free bus pass for Ohio University students, staff and faculty on our local transit system as of fall 2016, and to decrease fleet vehicle emissions by purchasing electric vehicles in 2015 and 2016. Our Zero Waste team continues its good work in recycling and decreasing landfill waste by promoting Zero Waste events on campus.


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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Data is from FY19 (baseline FY12). Emissions data was calculated by the SIMAP database from the University of New Hampshire.

Population and space data copied from other credits on 4/30/20 by Elaine Goetz.

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