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Liaison Greg Monaco
Submission Date Nov. 10, 2016
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Stony Brook University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Tom Lanzilotta
Campus Energy Manager
Campus Operations and Maintenance
"---" 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 Yes
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes
Waste generated in operations Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from other categories?:
Yes

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

Stony Brook University has been using the Clean Air-Cool Planet Carbon Calculator, to calculate our institutional greenhouse gas emission inventory in 2008 (2007-08), 2010 (2009-10), 2012 (2011-12) and 2014 (2013-14). The team involved with completing the greenhouse gas inventories collected data from all university departments and verified the information on the Departmental-level.


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 University verified its 2012 (2011-12) greenhouse gas emissions inventory through the assistance of Clean Air-Cool Planet staff.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 151,542.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 153,144 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 2,927.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,151.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 21,194.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 13,946 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 18,698.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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:

None.


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

None.


A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

Stony Brook University's Campus Dining Services takes initiative to transform pre-consumer food waste into compost. This compost is then used in the nursery section of the R&D Park Greenhouse. Since early 2009-10, the University's Faculty Student Association (FSA) and Campus Dining Services have collaborated to develop and implement a pre-consumer food waste composting program, that uses an aerobic compost vessel. This vessel helps to break the food waste down into nutrient rich compost. Once produced, the compost is then transferred to the R&D Park Greenhouse. It is held and eventually integrated into the nursery section of the R&D Park Greenhouse and is used to grow select trees and saplings. During the academic year, the FSA facilities team collects pre-consumer food waste (including vegetable, fruit and other related cuttings and coffee grinds) from all campus dining facilities and places them into the compost hopper, located outside of the Roth Cafe. In addition to food waste, wood shavings are used as a bulking agent for the mix, which helps absorb some liquefied food waste.

Each year, over 80,000 pounds of food waste is recycled into compost, which equates to approximately 308 pounds of food waste recycled per weekday. By diverting food waste from landfills, the University is able to mitigate its impact on the natural environment and lower expenses related to solid waste collection.


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

None.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 9,445 8,878
Number of residential employees 30 30
Number of in-patient hospital beds 603 546
Full-time equivalent enrollment 21,572 20,572
Full-time equivalent of employees 16,700 15,000
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 199 30

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, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

Stony Brook University signed the ACUPCC in September 2007, to quantify and limit the University's impact on the natural environment.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
12,125,930 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 824,796 Square Feet
Healthcare space 479,747 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 87,036 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 2,380.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 43,213 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 376.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 1,310 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 16,579.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

None


A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
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:

Stony Brook University has implemented a variety of greenhouse gas emissions reduction initiatives, including;

- Installation of Energy Efficient HVAC Systems
- Installation of Advanced Interior & Exterior Lighting Systems/Controls
- Building Management System Adjustments (including occupant sensors & instituting temperature controls)
- Addressing Building Envelopes (including roof systems, windows and insulation)
- Conducting Multiple Energy Conservation Campaigns
- Purchasing & Using Fuel Efficient Vehicles / Alternatively Powered Vehicles
- Partnering With Municipalities To Offer Enhanced Mass Transit Options
- Offering Car Sharing & Ride Sharing Services
- Offer Enhanced Biking Services & Infrastructure
- Curtailing Use of Paper Through Managed Output Projects
- Enhancing Recycling Through Increased Receptacles, Signage & Education


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