Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.64
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date April 23, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

State University of New York at Cortland
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.57 / 10.00 Matt Brubaker
Energy Manager
Facilites Operation adn Services
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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 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:

Every two years, campus does an entire inventory of Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG. This is centered around utility usage. Scope 3 GHG emissions are based on survey information in three general categories, commuting distances, travel obligations for work related activities, and an account of purchased goods and services.


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:

The GHG emissions inventory is compiled by a group of individuals on the Climate Action Planning Committee. Once the GHG emissions inventory is completed, the entire CAPC reviews the inventory for completeness.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 9,376 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 21,215 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 578 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 8,210.59 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 5,883 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 8,305.35 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 1,000 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,000 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from on-site composting 3 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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:

SUNY Cortland is finalizing a more detailed assessment of the potential carbon sequestration analysis that would be allocated to 609 acres of land owned by SUNY Cortland. This process will be completed by 2016.


A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

All grounds waste is composted on site.


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

NA


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 3,404 3,182
Number of residential employees 22 16
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 6,790 6,652
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,605 1,443
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, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2010 June 30, 2011

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

The GHG emissions baseline inventory was established in 2010. In 2007 SUNY Cortland signed the President's Climate Commitment which initiated a wide variety of sustainability and energy related investigations related to Climate Change. Part of these investigations included an investigation and assessment of GHG.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
2,519,140 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 156,622 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,800 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 1,100 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 1,200 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 3,464 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 ---
Other categories (please specify below) ---

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