Overall Rating Reporter - expired
Overall Score
Liaison Dr. Christopher Williams
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Delaware
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Michelle Bennett
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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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 None
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 All
Other categories Some

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:

Direct data records were compiled for building energy use, UD owned fleet vehicles, organic waste outputs, and fertilizer used. Estimates were utilized to assess fuel consumption associated with commuting activities as was required for the 2007-2008 academic year GHG inventory. However, it was not practical to replicate the survey conducted during the 2007-2008 effort so the 2013-2014 commuting activity level was estimated by making adjustments the 2007-2008 value based on changes in student population, the number of parking permits issued, and national average fuel efficiency (see Appendix B for calculations.)

Emission factors for the combustion of natural gas, fuel oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, and jet fuel were obtained from the U.S. EPA Mandatory Reporting Rule for Greenhouse Gases (MRR), Table C-1, in keeping with the accounting methodology specified by The Climate Registry’s General Reporting Protocol (GRP). Methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions associated with fuel combustion were considered in the 2013-2014 report.

Emission factors for purchased electricity, in keeping with GRP methodology, were derived from the U.S. EPA’s eGRID 9th Edition tables. UD is located within the RFC East Subregion, so the published GHG emission factors representing the fuel mix used in generating electricity in this region were used. Scope 3 transmission and distribution losses associated with purchased electricity were calculated based on the loss percentages published in the eGRID 9th Edition for the East region.

Scope 3 GHG emissions from the disposal of mixed waste, food waste, and food composting were calculated using emission factors obtained from the U.S. EPA WARM Model, version 13.

GHG emissions resulting from usage of nitrogen fertilizer were calculated with an emission factor derived from the U.S. EPA’s Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2001 (April 2003).


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:

Our GHG Inventory is produced by a third party contractor and validated by our Energy Manager.


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 40,105 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 36,656 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 2,327 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,811 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 65,850 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 71,665 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 108,282 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 111,132 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, 2013 July 1, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 July 1, 2008

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):

UD made a strong commitment to reducing GHG emissions in 2008 when we signed the Presidential Climate Commitment with the ACUPCC (now Second Nature). 2008 was chosen for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was the information available at that time to determine our GHG emissions and strategize future reductions.


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):
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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 108,282 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 111,132 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 7,317 6,289
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 20,512 17,631
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 4,063 3,857
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,246 1,115
Weighted campus users 19,326 16,852

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 5.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6.59 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
15.04

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
8,592,873 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 1,464,799 Square Feet
Healthcare space 27,265 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 2,510,473 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
14,087,474 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 23 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 31,904 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 4,069 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 1,253 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:

UD has committed to reducing GHG emissions by 20% from 2008 levels by 2020. However, due to a lack of personnel to coordinate and organize efforts around this goal, we have managed to complete only a handful of proposed projects in our Climate Action Plan. We have invested in energy efficient lighting, installed renewable energy at our Newark and Lewes campuses, and we have engaged students through our Green Grants program in sustainability projects on campus.


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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