Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.71
Liaison Kristina Bryan
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Saint Louis University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.54 / 10.00 Amy Hargis
Project Analyst
Sustainability & Benchmarking
"---" 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 Some
Commuting Some
Purchased goods and services Some
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 None
Other categories None

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:

The GHG emissions inventory was completed in-house by Facilities Services' Sustainability & Benchmarking department using CarbonMAP, a web-based college campus carbon calculator.


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 14,498.07 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 15,953.15 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 719.31 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 875.87 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 103,431.47 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 93,834.95 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 4,312.16 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4,724.94 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 122,961.01 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 115,388.91 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, 2013 June 30, 2014

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):

The GHG emissions baseline adopted for reporting purposes is from our FY14 GHG inventory. The information gathered for the baseline was based on only one year of data because it was the first GHG inventory conducted.


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 195 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 195 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):

For Scope 3 GHG emissions from waste generated in operations, we were not able to report the -75.30 metric tons because STARS does not allow entry of a negative number. This is a negative value because of the energy produced at the Progressive Champ landfill facility from the waste hauled from campus. For more detail on the landfill, read this article: http://www.progressivewaste.com/en/locations/iesi-champ-landfill
An additional 195.00 metric tons is an offset from solar included in mitigation data - Carbon Offsets Purchased. The total for these two offsets is 270.3.


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 122,766.01 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 115,388.91 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 3,793 3,868
Number of employees resident on-site 20 20
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 12,281 11,919
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 4,439 5,292
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 3,265 1,282
Weighted campus users 11,044.50 12,918.75

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 11.12 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 8.93 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
7,815,345 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 425,432 Square Feet
Healthcare space 65,380 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
8,796,969 Gross Square Feet

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 6,875.83 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 34,235.57 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods 0 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 ---
Other categories 511.55 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

The University has several "No Idling" signs posted around campus, which have the dual effect of improving outdoor air quality and reducing the gallons of gasoline wasted by idling vehicles.
Additionally, the Facilities Services strategic plan includes a Climate Action Plan team specifically designated to determining emissions reduction strategies that could be employed by the University.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The first ever GHG emission inventory was conducted during the Fall 2014 semester. The inventory was conducted for the second time in FY15, with the intention of making this an annual project. Conducting the inventory using a graduate assistant offers the benefit of utilizing the campus and its operations as a learning laboratory.

For Scope 3 GHG emissions from waste generated in operations, we were not able to report the -71.19 metric tons of CO2e because STARS does not allow entry of a negative number. This is a negative value because of the energy produced at the Progressive Champ landfill facility from the waste hauled from campus. For more detail on the landfill, read this article: http://www.progressivewaste.com/en/locations/iesi-champ-landfill
An additional 179.02 metric tons is an offset from solar included in mitigation data - Carbon Offsets Purchased. The total for these two is -250.21.

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.