Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jacob Saffert
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2015
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Saint John's University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jacob Saffert
Sustainability Fellow
Office of Sustainability
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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 Yes
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:

The GHG emissions inventory was conducted in accordance with the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The Saint John’s University sustainability staff selected the Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) calculation tool, version 7.0, supplemented by the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The WRI GHG Protocol is the most widely accepted international standard for GHG accounting and is the basis of the CA-CP tool. The inventory of emissions included those arising from on-campus energy production, purchased electricity, heating and cooling, vehicle fleet operations, business travel (by air and personal vehicle), faculty and student commuting, solid waste management, refrigerants, fertilizer use, and wastewater treatment. The SJU Sustainability Fellow, Jacob Saffert, was responsible for data collection and emissions calculations for the fiscal year 2014 report.


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 SJU Office of Sustainability was responsible for completing the inventory. The final FY2014 inventory was reviewed by the OSB/SJU Physical Plant Staff, the VP of Finance, and the members of the sustainable campus committee. When applicable, individual sections of the report were also reviewed by the office/department which provided the data. The completed report was also submitted to ACUPCC.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 9372 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 30031 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 523 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 794 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 5623 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 10284 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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:
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A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:
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A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:
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A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:
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Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1502 1693
Number of residential employees 22 22
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 1845 2080
Full-time equivalent of employees 506 451
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, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

SJU became a charter signatory of the ACUPCC in 2007. The university then carried out the greenhouse gas inventory for FY2008. That year was selected as the baseline.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1346820 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 154858 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 586.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 2104.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 1500.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 6.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) 44.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

44.7 MT eCO2 came from paper usage at SJU during FY2014.

Greenhouse gas emissions from study abroad air miles are listed under the section titled "Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2," which totaled 1,500.1 MT eCO2 in FY2014.


A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
The website URL where the GHG emissions inventory is posted:
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A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

In the past three years, many energy efficiency and building retrofit projects have been undertaken. Additionally, the on-campus cogeneration power plant stopped burning coal. Cleaner burning natural gas is now used.


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