Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.70
Liaison Kevin Kirsche
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Georgia
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.39 / 8.00 Jason Perry
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 55,271 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 70,468 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 10,765 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 10,569 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 144,546 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 193,071 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 210,582 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 274,108 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 1,072 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,078 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon sold or transferred 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon sinks 1,072 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,078 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Carbon storage from on-site composting: Under normal operation, UGA operates an industrial-scale compost facility on its property using in-house staff. Initially established to process leaf and limb debris, it now also handles all pre- and post-consumer dining hall scraps as well as departmental food scraps from our opt-in compost program. Finished compost is used entirely on campus grounds. Calculated using method from Clean Air Cool Planet calculator, which in turn was derived from EPA WARM documentation.

UGA has 70,773 MTCO2e offsets from forest holdings throughout Georgia but these are not kept specifically for sequestration and thus not reported as an offset with additionality.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 209,510 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 273,030 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, 2019 July 1, 2009
End date June 30, 2020 June 30, 2010

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

2010 was adopted as the baseline year because it marks the baseline for UGA's 2020 Strategic Plan.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 9,678 8,502
Number of employees resident on-site 14 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 329 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 35,165 31,008
Full-time equivalent of employees 10,384 10,053
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 362 0
Weighted Campus Users 36,642.25 32,921.25

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 5.72 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 8.29 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
31.06

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
17,771,146 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 2,123,911 Square Feet
Healthcare space 225,978 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 192,374 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
22,663,298 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:

Replaced over 20 diesel transit buses with 100% electric buses.
Widespread energy efficiency initiatives including chilled water plant upgrades, steam plant controls upgrades, and LED lighting retrofits.


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