Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Pennsylvania State University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.98 / 10.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
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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 No
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 No
Waste generated in operations Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from other categories?:
Yes

A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:
Penn State utilizes a Excel-based calculation tool developed by a graduate student customized for Penn State's emissions profile and data availability. Emissions factors and calculation methodologies are based on EPA MRR and WRI guidance.

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?:
No

A brief description of the internal and/or external verification process:
The original inventory calculation tool was developed by a graduate student as part of a thesis and was reviewed by multiple faculty members.

Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 162,885 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 194,547 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 11,552 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 12,560 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 167,101 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 232,004 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 397 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 535 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:
none

A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:
none

A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:
Pre and post consumer food waste is collected at PSU operated hotels and catering services. Post consumer food waste is collected at dining halls. Other inputs include leaves, landscape debris and animal cage waste. Farm animal manure and crop residues are also used to create an optimal compost mix. Leaves, plant debris, brush, logs and pallets are also processed into mulch. Both the compost and mulch and used in landscape management.

A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:
Penn State purchased Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from 2005-2012 to jump-start GHG reductions. These funds are now used for onsite efficiency projects. In 2013, Penn State entered into a 10-year power purchase agreement with Mahoning Creek Hydroelectric Company. This new 6MW hydroelectric generating plant was built in 2013 at the existing USACE dam on Mahoning Creek located in Armstrong County, PA. Penn State will purchase all of the net electric output from the facility and retain the environmental attributes. This is approximately 8% of the University Park campus’ electric purchase.

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 14,801 13,795
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 49,065 39,043
Full-time equivalent of employees 16,793 14,183
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013
Baseline Year July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted:
FY2005-06 was adopted as our baseline year to be consistent with our previous STARS reporting.

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
20,490,517 Square feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 1,299,069 Square feet
Healthcare space 43,342 Square feet
Other energy intensive space 418,124 Square feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 15,927 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Commuting 39,805 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 ---
Waste generated in operations 1,543 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) 10,273 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

A brief description of the sources included in Scope 3 GHG emissions from "other categories":
Transmission & Distribution loss

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:
The reduction strategy focuses primarily on energy, with initiatives in conservation, efficiency and green building design. In 2011, a natural gas Combustion Turbine and Heat Recovery Steam Generator was installed to cogenerate steam and provide for more on-site electricity production. This has significantly reduced the coal use as well as reduced purchased electricity. There is a plan to eliminate coal use by 2016. The University has invested heavily in efficiency with the Energy Conservation Program, Continuous Commissioning Program and large projects through the Energy Savings Program. The University will invest $60M over the next 5 years. Programs in transportation, waste management and purchasing as well as comprehensive sustainability awareness efforts contribute to the strategy.

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Enrollment/ employment data are most readily available as a fall snapshot; the values above are for Fall 2005 & 2013. Distance education students are NOT included in the FTE enrollment figures; thus we do not provide a value for them above to allow a more accurate calculation of "Weighted Campus Users". Employee FTE is estimated from employee headcount.

Enrollment/ employment data are most readily available as a fall snapshot; the values above are for Fall 2005 & 2013. Distance education students are NOT included in the FTE enrollment figures; thus we do not provide a value for them above to allow a more accurate calculation of "Weighted Campus Users". Employee FTE is estimated from employee headcount.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.