Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.81
Liaison Chad King
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Denver
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.76 / 10.00 Thomas McGee
Energy Engineer
Facilities Planning & Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include all Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions?:
Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include all Scope 3 GHG emissions from any of the following categories?:
Yes or No
Business travel Yes
Commuting Yes
Purchased goods and services Yes
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes
Waste generated in operations Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from other categories?:
Yes

A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:

After the fiscal year end, a call for data requests input from campus stakeholders across all sectors involved in GHG production. Replies are collated and a GHG audit is performed on campus using the Clean Air Cool Planet calculator. These data are also submitted to Sightlines for an external review and verification.


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:

Data from various stakeholders is collated by Facilities, a GHG audit is calculated by the Center for Sustainability. This audit is reviewed internally by a faculty member in geography. An external GHG audit is performed by Sightlines as verification.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 9,600 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 10,531 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 628 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 560 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 36,626 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 39,027 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine total carbon offsets::
Performance Year Baseline Year
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
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 13,102 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution-catalyzed carbon offsets program:

NA


A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:

NA


A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

NA


A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:

FY14 offsets were Clean Source (Blend) purchased from Renewable Choice Energy and are 100% Green-e Certified.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,489 2,092
Number of residential employees 6 6
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 9,383 8,355
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,343 2,186
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 409 156

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

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

FY06 was when DU began to focus strategically on reducing our GHG emissions, a year before the Chancellor signed the ACUPCC.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
3,346,080 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 225,456 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 10,809 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 8,045 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 268 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 2,689 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 379 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) 29 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the sources included in Scope 3 GHG emissions from "other categories":

Energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or 2 are transmission and delivery losses.
Other category is emissions due to waste water.


A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
The website URL where the GHG emissions inventory is posted:
A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Facilities has made a concerted effort focused on energy efficiency across campus. This has included many lighting and sensor projects, several mechanical efficiency projects for fans and chillers. The Center for Sustainability has ran several educational campaigns around behavioral energy efficiency and waste minimization strategies, focused on our carbon footprint. Other major initiatives have included an expansion of programming to encourage alternative transportation to campus.


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