Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.22
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Slippery Rock University
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.39 / 8.00 Paul Scanlon
Special Assistant to the President
President's Office/Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 9,936 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 20,275.46 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 356 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 393.21 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 7,330 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 23,457 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 17,622 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 44,125.67 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine net carbon sinks:
Performance year Baseline year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 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 storage from on-site composting 4.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 21 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent ---
Carbon sold or transferred 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon sinks 4.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 21 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the carbon sinks, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):

The net carbon offsets are from the quantity of food waste from SRU's main dining hall that is composted at the Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education & Research. This offset is lower than previous years because this year the leaves normally collected from the Borough of Slippery Rock were not provided for composting at the Macoskey Center.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 17,617.30 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 44,104.67 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Performance year Baseline year
Start date July 1, 2019 July 1, 2004
End date June 30, 2020 June 30, 2005

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

The GHG emissions baseline was adopted after signing the Presidents Climate Action Commitment in 2009, and FY 2004-2005 was selected as the baseline period because that was the earliest year for which the most accurate information was available.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 2,738 2,881
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 9,029 7,704
Full-time equivalent of employees 942 826
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 741 141
Weighted Campus Users 7,607 7,012

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 2.32 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6.29 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
63.18

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
2,536,527 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 159,806 Square Feet
Healthcare space 2,990 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 248,239 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
3,110,358 Gross Square Feet

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

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives:

SRU's GHG emissions reduction initiatives are documented in detail in our AASHE Climate Action Plan (available at www.sru.edu/sustainability web page).

Continuing initiatives made during the past three years include physical upgrades to existing buildings (e.g., replacement of several sections of leaking underground steam and condensate piping).
In 2017 SRU awarded a 20-year Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement (GESA) with an Energy Services Company, through which we are implementing $20 million of energy conservation and deferred maintenance projects over the next two years, greatly reducing our cumulative GHG emissions reductions.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Number of employees resident on-site was corrected to "0" - no employees reside on campus.

Clarification of spaces considered "Other energy intensive spaces": Buildings expected to use > twice that of an office building include:
- Aebersold Rec Center 82,000 GSF (extended hrs. of operation)
- Smith Student Center 106,000 GSF incl. food services and bookstore, plus extended hours of operation
- Maltby 25,849 GSF with data center
- Boozel Dining Hall 34,393 GSF food service facility

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