Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.66
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date March 5, 2021
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Arkansas
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.06 / 10.00 Eric Boles
Director
Office for 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 All
Commuting All
Purchased goods and services Some
Capital goods Some
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 All
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:

Comprehensive data collection for the University of Arkansas included compilation and detailed analyses of utility bills (including fuel source data for our electricity provider), steam and chilled water uses, fleet fuel uses, air travel documents, fugitive refrigerant reports, solid waste reports, and fertilizer invoices. Results of a 2005, 2015, and 2019 commuter study/survey were used to estimate commuting energy use.


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 of Arkansas contracts with Gordian (formerly Sightlines LLC) to provide data and benchmarking for our energy use on campus through their Greenlines program.


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 39,411 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 28,752 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 5,607 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,350 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 58,097 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 81,356 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 103,115 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 112,458 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, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Year July 1, 2001 June 30, 2002

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):

The baseline year was adopted because that was the year the University of Arkansas first started tracking GHG emissions to work towards sustainability goals.


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 32 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 32 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):

The UA composts pre and post-consumer food scraps from all campus dining halls.


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 103,083 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 112,458 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 6,234 2,996
Number of employees resident on-site 14 10
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 22,598 12,250
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 4,342 3,583
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 673 0
Weighted campus users 21,262.25 12,626.25

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 4.85 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 8.91 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
45.57

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
10,133,988 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 719,351 Square Feet
Healthcare space 18,405 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 103,806 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
11,713,306 Gross Square Feet

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 6,431 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 11,029 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 113 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 3,038 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 4,039 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 67 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Major initiatives to reduce GHG emissions over the past three years include the deployment of a 5MW natural-gas combined heat and power system for the campus. Every kWh of energy coming from this on-campus facility has approximately half the carbon footprint of a kWh purchased from our local grid.

Four rounds of Energy Savings Performance Contracts have been used to instal approximately $25,000,000 of energy conservation measures in buildings across campus.

As of March 2021, the UofA Board of Trustees is voting on a Solar Services Agreement for 5MW of solar energy for the UA campus.

Also in 2021, the UofA will have locally produced wind energy RECs available from its utility. Purchasing RECs has so far been avoided on campus, but the UofA played an active role in advocating for this wind farm and feels that they have an honest claim to incentivizing additional renewable energy through this project.

Fayetteville Arkansas is showing very positive commuter mode-share trends, which has helped to reduce our scope 3 emissions from campus commuters.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The building square footage is IC-2 minus buildings finished in fall 2019, 2020, and 2021

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