Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Laura Nessman
Submission Date May 30, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Selkirk College
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Pauline de Grandpre
Campus Manager
Campus Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 No
Commuting No
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 No

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:

In 2010, the BC government committed to becoming carbon-neutral. The entire provincial public sector, including post-secondary institutions, is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions are measured and reported from scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3 (only paper purchasing) sources annually using a "Smart Tool" that converts energy consumption data into metric tonnes of "carbon dioxide equivalent". Public sector organizations are then required to purchase offsets in order to achieve net-zero emissions.


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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Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 973.91 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1647 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 38.81 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 42.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 8.47 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 9 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 2.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 1045 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:

Since 2011, students and employees at the Castlegar campus have been composting their organic waste in an "Earth Tub" composting bin. The food waste is collected a few times per week from bins placed around campus and in the cafeteria, from the student residence, and from students and employees who bring their compostable goods from home. The carbon storage gained from the compost program has been calculated according to the "ICLEI Recycling and Composting Emissions Protocol, 2013."


A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:

Selkirk College, along with all other public sector organizations in BC, are required to be carbon neutral. This is achieved by purchasing an equivalent amount of carbon offsets to the GHG emissions produced. The BC government invests in offset projects from four main categories: Energy Efficiency, Fuel Switching, Sequestration, and GHG Destruction. All of the offset projects supported by the BC government are twice audited by independent parties accredited by either the American National Standards Institute, or the Standards Council of Canada.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 200 100
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 2269 2693.80
Full-time equivalent of employees 323.25 312.41
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 488.27 650.85

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2008 Dec. 31, 2008

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

The GHG baseline data is from the 2008 calendar year. Selkirk College had a State of the Environment Report written in 2009 which used 2008 data to benchmark environmental conditions at the College. GHG emissions, among other environmental indicators, were calculated in this report according to the World Resources Institute Greenhouse Gas Protocol.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
46358 Square Metres

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 117 Square Metres
Healthcare space 0 Square Metres
Other energy intensive space 840 Square Metres

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel ---
Commuting ---
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 ---
Waste generated in operations ---
Other categories (please specify below) 23.72 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Paper purchasing is the source of the 23.72 metric tonnes of CO2e produced.


A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
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:

-Boilers at Castlegar and 10th St. campuses were replaced with high efficiency ones in 2013.
-The default setting on printers was changed to "double-sided" to reduce paper use.
-Single-glazed windows at Silver King and Castlegar campuses were replaced with double-gazed ones.
-Exterior lighting at 10th St. and Silver King were upgraded to LED lighting fixtures in 2014.
-Reduced staff travel budget
-the use of skype for interviews, rather than driving for in-person meetings


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.