Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.15
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2023

STARS v2.2

University at Albany
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.04 / 3.00 Mary Ellen Mallia
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
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Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory within the previous three years that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :
Yes

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:
The university uses the SIMAP calculator, administered by the University of New Hampshire. https://unhsimap.org/home Our GHG emissions inventory is available on their public reporting platform, https://unhsimap.org/public/institution/500 We determine GHG via operational control, that is those buildings that are under direct ownership and maintenance of the university. We include heat, fleet, refrigerants, electricity, fertilizer use, commuting miles, university travel, wastewater, waste, paper purchases and T &D losses in our footprint.

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 GHG inventory verification process:
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Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:
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Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 24,932 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 8,471 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Total gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
33,403 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year (market-based):
Weight in MTCO2e
Imported electricity 7,007 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Imported thermal energy 0 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Total gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year:
7,007 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Gross GHG emissions from biogenic sources, performance year:
0 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Does the GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from the following sources?:
Yes or No Weight in MTCO2e
Business travel Yes 661 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Commuting Yes 7,366 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Purchased goods and services Yes 54 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Capital goods No ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes 402 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Waste generated in operations Yes 1,755 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Other sources Yes 31 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
10,269 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

A brief description of how the institution accounted for its Scope 3 emissions:
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Has the institution completed an inventory within the previous three years to quantify its air pollutant emissions?:
Yes

Annual weight of emissions for::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 21.70 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.30 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) ---
Particulate matter (PM) ---
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

Do the air pollutant emissions figures provided include the following sources?:
Yes or No
Major stationary sources Yes
Area sources No
Mobile sources No
Commuting No
Off-site electricity production No

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:
University at Albany uses Fuel Supplier Certifications and Assistance for SO2, COMS for opacity, PEMS for NOx and daily opacity observations and EPA published emission factors (AP-42) and fuel consumption of the individual stationary sources. The university works with a consultant who helps to monitor the emissions from our power plant and fill any relevant reports to the EPA, if applicable.

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity (location-based):
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Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy (location-based) :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s emissions inventories is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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