Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.46
Liaison Brandon Raco
Submission Date Sept. 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Guelph
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.94 / 8.00 Brandon Raco
Sustainability Coordinator
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 39,397 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 34,561 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 214 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 3,151 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 18,404 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 42,762 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 52,965 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 26 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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 26 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):

Food scraps are composted at the Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming in windrows.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 42,736 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 52,965 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 Jan. 1, 2018 Jan. 1, 2012
End date Dec. 31, 2018 Dec. 31, 2012

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

The baseline was selected based on the availability and quality of data.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 4,700 4,744
Number of employees resident on-site 162 150
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 22,789.40 21,566.90
Full-time equivalent of employees 4,508 4,462
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 183.17 218.85
Weighted Campus Users 21,551.17 20,581.04

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 1.98 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2.57 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
22.94

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
656,558.69 Gross Square Metres

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 61,459.63 Square Metres
Healthcare space 8,856.17 Square Metres
Other energy intensive space 16,432.97 Square Metres

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
8,757,767.92 Gross Square Metres

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

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

The Green Gryphon Initiative is a $26.2 million investment in energy conservation and behaviourial change measures. To shift individual attitudes and practices, the University utilizes energy dashboards, social media and poster campaigns.


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

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