Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date July 11, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Smith College
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.16 / 10.00 Deirdre Manning
Environmental Sustainability Director
Office of Environmental Sustainability
"---" 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 Yes
Commuting Yes
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?:
No

A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:

Collection of billing data for utilities, collection of data from Controllers office for travel, mapping out travel distances of faculty/staff, collaborating with multiple stakeholders to collect specialized data such as refrigerants


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:

Comparison with previous inventories, collaboration with multiple stakeholders to ensure utility data accuracy


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 22,922.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 18,510.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 527.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 409.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 2,543 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 11,704.70 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 363.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution-catalyzed carbon offsets program:

NA


A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:

NA


A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

NA


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

Some RECs were purchased for several years from 2005-20012


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,401 2,400
Number of residential employees 6 6
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 2,966.20 2,796
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,170 1,128
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, 2012 June 30, 2013
Baseline Year July 1, 2004 June 30, 2005

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

Oldest data that had consistent data


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
2,915,997 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 82,181 Square Feet
Healthcare space 44,576 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 1,947.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 2,191.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 ---
Waste generated in operations 173.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) ---

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

NA


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:

Smith's new lab space was built to LEED Gold standards, lighting and controls work done to reduce energy consumption, and HVAC and envelope work in smaller building renovations.

Additional work done by residential House reps to engage students to reduce energy use.


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