Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.47
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Portland State University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.40 / 10.00 Amanda Wolf
Program + Assessment Coordinator
Campus Sustainability Office
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 All
Commuting All
Purchased goods and services All
Capital goods All
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 All
Other categories Some

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:

Campus Sustainability Office(CSO) staff contacted various campus departments for reports of the required data. Those data were then entered into the CarbonMap calculator through UNH for emissions totals. For most scope 3 sources, dollars spent were run through the EIOLCA calculator to get a category's emissions total.


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:
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Documentation to support the internal and/or external verification process:
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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 6973.87 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6900 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 118.95 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 750.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 15647.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 19367 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 22740.02 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 27017.20 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 July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2011 June 30, 2012

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):

We have made strides to make data collection consistent, and fiscal year 2012 is the first year in which we adopted our current methodology. Thus, using 2012 as a baseline allows for comparing apples-to-apples, as opposed to other years in which we are less confident in data used and collected.


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:
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Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 22740.02 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 27017.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2232 1900
Number of employees resident on-site 73 50
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 20844 20458.88
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 2758 2483
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1011 350
Weighted campus users 17519.50 17431.41

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 1.30 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1.55 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
16.25

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
5161397 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 309019 Square Feet
Healthcare space 6032 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 317283 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
6108782 Gross Square Feet

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 4450.81 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 8303.82 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 9516.51 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods 10579.48 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 784.27 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 2950.46 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Travel Offset Program: program to help mitigate the greenhouse gas impacts of University business travel. Currently a voluntary program that charges participating departments a fee of 2% of their total travel expenses. Those funds are then allocated to the Green Revolving Fund for efficiency upgrades on campus.

Green Revolving Fund: supports energy reduction and climate action goals while further advancing PSU’s leadership in sustainable practices. The fund is used to implement efficiency projects and is reimbursed through savings in the campus utilities budget. The fund was set up in 2013 with $500,000 using funds allocated by the State of Oregon to PSU for capital improvements. An additional $489,000 was added in 2014, and $517,729 in 2015, with savings from the university’s utility budget. As of June 2015, $45,000 have been added from Energy Incentive Rebates ($44,900) through the Energy Trust of Oregon, and a voluntary travel offset program ($150) for PSU departments. In total, $1,551,779 as been allocated to the fund so far.

Climate Champions: is designed to promote and recognize resource conservation and stewardship within PSU departments, as well as to support the goals of our Climate Action Plan. The program includes an assessment that departments use to track their progress on sustainable best practices for the workplace.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Business Travel includes personal vehicle reimbursements as well as other funded air travel, but not study abroad, which is entered separately under "other".

Capital goods total includes 'construction and facility improvements' and furniture/fixtures/equipment' categories from PSU's custom supply chain emissions analysis.

Purchased goods and services total includes all remaining PSU-specific categories from the custom analysis except travel, waste.

Scope 1 & 2 FY17 data, scope 3 data FY16. PSU is currently working on process improvements for Scope 3 delaying our FY 17 data.

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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.