Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.15
Liaison Nick Cookson
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Sewanee - The University of the South
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.56 / 10.00 Nick Cookson
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
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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 None
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Some
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:

We utilized SIMAP to complete our GHG inventory.
We accounted for the following Scope 3 emissions:
Waste - via data collected from waste hauler
Business Travel - via an estimation calculated by students
Commuting - via a mix of a survey for Faculty/Staff on mode of transportation and an estimation method that uses zip codes and a program (cdxzipstream) to determine mileage for commuters.


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:

Sustainability Fellows participate in gathering and recording data, as well as reviewing data for validity.


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 2,490 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3,013 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 880 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 708 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 5,828 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 11,227 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 9,198 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 14,948 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 Jan. 1, 2008 Dec. 31, 2008

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):

N/A


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):

N/A


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:

We purchase 747,000 kWh of RECs, but this is included in our SIMAP calculations per the statement above


Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 9,198 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 14,948 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,626 1,480
Number of employees resident on-site 15 18
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 5 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 1,725 1,538
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 712 548
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 2,243 1,939

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 4.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 7.71 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
46.81

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1,494,517 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 28,341 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 51,201 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,602,400 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 385.24 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 1,687.82 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 332.87 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 2,647.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories ---

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

The University of the South has a Sustainability Master Plan (SMP) that lays out Institutional Goals and Operational Strategies; of which, emissions reductions is a large portion. http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/

The University has created a revolving green fund to spur operational efficiencies and continual improvement. Gains from this are reported via The US Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/partners/university-south
These include: Lighting upgrades, digital thermostats, a massive water cooler/heater upgrade and other minor upgrades (fixtures).

Additionally, the University has laid out its path to Carbon Neutrality via Second Nature and the Climate Action Plan http://reporting.secondnature.org/dashboard/dashboard/##3715

There is a 3 pronged approach that includes: Building efficiency measures, investing in renewable energy and carbon sequestration via the Domain forest. Per the above info, you can see that the University is working hard at increasing building efficiencies. Additionally, the University has invested in feasibility studies for solar and biomass energy sources and is continuing its search for optimal renewable energy. Finally, the University is continuing to evaluate the use of some, or all, of the Domain forest (>10,000 acres) as sequestration and is committed to evaluating the first two prior to fully supporting this route.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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