Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.77
Liaison Andrew Porter
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Cincinnati
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.20 / 8.00 Daniel Hart
Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 162,863.85 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 114,001.85 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 2,905.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,276.73 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 35,844 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 193,713.77 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 201,613.05 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 308,992.35 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine net carbon sinks:
Performance year Baseline year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 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 storage from on-site composting 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 261.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon sold or transferred 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon sinks 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the carbon sinks, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):

In FY2019, UC purchased wind REC credits to offset electricity usage for all satellite buildings included in this scope of work, this has already been factored out of Scope 2 electricity. UC did not claim or purchase carbon offsets.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 201,613.05 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 308,992.35 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Performance year Baseline year
Start date July 1, 2018 July 1, 2008
End date June 30, 2019 June 30, 2009

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

This year represented the year UC started tracking it energy usage and making changes on its campus based on sustainability.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 6,285 5,200
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 33,419 26,055
Full-time equivalent of employees 7,108 7,403
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 2,582 0
Weighted Campus Users 30,030 26,393.50

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 6.71 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 11.71 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
42.65

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
17,788,065 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 1,418,968 Square Feet
Healthcare space 2,982,412 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 142,094 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
26,732,919 Gross Square Feet

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

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives:

The emissions from Scope 1 and 2 combined are the ones most directly under the university’s control. There is an interplay between Scope 1 and 2 at UC because the University generates and buys energy dynamically—so in many ways it makes sense to group them. Together they account for 76% of UC’s footprint. UC has adopted a 45% reduction goal for its Scope 1 and 2 combined, which it is on track to meet and even exceed. This is not only a positive reduction against the FY 2009/ 2011 baseline, but when the projected business-as-usual scenario is considered – if UC administration has done nothing in the last 10 years to reduce its emissions – the results are astonishing. UC will continue to strive to minimize Scope 3 emission through the cultural changes suggested in Chapter 2 and transportation, purchasing, waste and dining strategies suggested in Chapter 3. The University has established a Scope 3 reduction target of 45% from the baseline, by 2030.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Note that the figures reported for GSF do not match with PRE4. That's because the energy figures reported above include energy supplied to local area hospitals that are powered by the trigen plant operated by UC. Consequently the GSF of those hospitals (2,876,712 GSF) is also included in the numbers above. Since the hospitals are not included in any other credits in the STARS assessment (other than OP2 and OP5), their GSF is not included in PRE4. Note also that the figures for '19 haven't been submitted to the Second Nature reporting system as of the date of this STARS submission, as the analysis was just completed and the reporting period for Second Nature is still open. See uploaded footprint file for the data.

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