Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.26
Liaison Jennifer deHart
Submission Date March 22, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Unity College
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.13 / 10.00 Stacey Hachey
Administrative Assistant
Sustainability
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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 Some
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 None
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:

The actual data on total kWh, oil, wood pellets, propane, and gas purchased in the performance year were entered into the SIMAP Calculator. Business air travel is captured through total dollars spent on flights for employees and students (travel courses) and business travel that is used on campus is captured in scope one emissions from gasoline used in the vehicles. Faculty and staff commuting is calculated using data from HR with no personal or identifying information included. Zip codes are provided, if an employee is staff or faculty, and then if they are part time or full time status is all used to calculate our commuting data to the best of our ability. Average trip distance was used in conjunction with survey data about commuter modality. Student travel to and from school was calculated via a student project. Purchased goods includes reams of paper purchased. All of these scope 3 categories are plugged into SIMAP to get the resulting emissions.


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:
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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 737.26 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 679.76 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 120.72 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 51.97 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 374.94 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 351.29 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 1,232.92 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,083.02 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, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year July 1, 2010 June 30, 2011

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):

Baseline emissions were based on the previous performance year from the Unity College 2011 STARS report.


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 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
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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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):

No offsets are utilized


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 374.94 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:

Unity College purchased 1,600 mWh of wind power RECs from Renewable Choice Energy, Green-e certified. We purchase RECs equal to or greater than the total Scope 2 purchased electricity. Part 2 asks for Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions (unadjusted for RECs) and we responded 374.94. Then under RECs I responded the same 374.94, because our net Scope 2 is therefore 0.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 857.98 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,083.02 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 490 361
Number of employees resident on-site 6 2
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 7 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 705 584
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 172 121
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 54 0
Weighted campus users 748.25 619.50

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 1.15 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1.75 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
34.41

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
278,353 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 5,000 Square Feet
Healthcare space 2,500 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 2,321.84 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
295,674.84 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 288.87 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 1,090 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 3.89 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 634.30 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

In the past three years, the college has brought online 4 new buildings that are all heated by electricity or wood pellets. We also have switched some oil boilers at our campus farm greenhouses to wood pellet boilers. According to CarbonMAP our waste operations result in a reduction of GHGs due to anaerobic digestion, recycling, and our trash being sent to a landfill that recovers methane and uses it for generation.


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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We purchase RECs equal to or greater than the total Scope 2 purchased electricity. Part 2 asks for Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions (unadjusted for RECs) and we responded 374.94. Then under RECs I responded the same 374.94, because our net Scope 2 is therefore 0.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.