Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.41
Liaison Dave Newport
Submission Date March 23, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Boulder
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.19 / 10.00 Dave Newport
Director
Environmental Center
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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 Some
Purchased goods and services None
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:

Custom tool. Custom emissions factors from Xcel Energy, campus utility provider of purchased electricity for scope 1 and 2. Scope 3 sources determined by conversion of commuting VMT's derived from annual surveys and conversion of total business travel spend to GHG emissions via SIMAP. Waste materials/recycling emissions determined via EPA WARM model (mot recent data available).


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:

Emissions are compiled and calculated by the CU Environmental Center and then reviewed and verified by campus energy engineer and the campus utility director. Likewise, the GHG emissions factors supplied by Xcel Energy were reviewed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) for consistency with Xcel's PUC filings.


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 43,855 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 70,673 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 2,006 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,381 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 90,269 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 63,625 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 136,130 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 135,679 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 Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year July 1, 2004 June 30, 2005

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):

This baseline date (2005) was established consistent with the State baseline, ACUPCC, and Renewable Portfolio Standards.


Figures needed to determine total carbon offsets:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased (exclude purchased RECs/GOs) 12,092 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 12,092 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):

Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased are purchased annually from Native Energy. The specific project in this report is a methane capture of natural vents on Ute Nation lands in SW Colorado.


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:

CU does not purchase RECs of any kind.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 124,038 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 135,679 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 8,040 6,451
Number of employees resident on-site 15 11
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 26,124 25,978
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 6,212 5,534
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,450 5,503
Weighted campus users 25,178.25 21,122.25

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 4.93 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6.42 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
23.31

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
11,824,622 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 2,332,798 Square Feet
Healthcare space 55,738 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 86,321 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
16,688,015 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 241,792.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 2,618 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 ---
Waste generated in operations 1,609 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories ---

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

All construction now LEED Gold-plus plus 12 certified LEED Platinum. Extensive envelope enhancements based on whole campus aerial laser scoping, significant behavioral conservation campaigns. Campus footprint has expanded ~ 19% over the period, yet intensities such as GHG/sf and kwh/sf are declining.


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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