Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Mark Bremer
Submission Date March 30, 2021
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Hannah Hoehn
Student
Arts & Sci
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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 None
Commuting Some
Purchased goods and services Some
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:

EPA Simplified GHG Emissions Calculator was used to complete the inventory.


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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Documentation to support the internal and/or external verification process:
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 1,882 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,716.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 8 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 5 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 1,856 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4,560 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 3,746 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6,281.60 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, 2019 June 30, 2020
Baseline Year July 1, 2002 June 30, 2003

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):

City passenger buses were not considered in the commuting section and other emissions due to lack of information.


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 330 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 88 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 330 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 88 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):

A carbon inventory of 165 acres of forested land was conducted in fall 2017 by a team of student researchers in BIO 300 lab. A peer-reviewed publication was generated showing 300 MG (330 tons) of carbon dioxide sequestration per year (Bremer, Mark; Frisa, Emily; Maccarone, Rachelle; Seif, Daniel. Campus Forest Carbon Sequestration: An Undergraduate Project Experience. Journal of Sustainability Education Vol. 24, December 2020.)


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:
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Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 3,416 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6,193.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 955 443
Number of employees resident on-site 3 3
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 1 1
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3,036 1,476
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 396 262
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 711 201
Weighted campus users 2,281.25 1,265.25

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 1.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
69.41

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
911,663 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 5,000 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 12,000 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
933,663 Gross Square Feet

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 5 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 173 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 427.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Energy efficiency improvements to the campus facilities include improved heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; lighting and lighting controls (LED); and solar panels.


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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