Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.33
Liaison Ryan Kmetz
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.51 / 8.00
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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 35,549 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 12,965 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 1,503 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 722 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 23,699 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 40,979 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 60,751 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 54,666 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 0 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 0 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):
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Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 60,751 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 54,666 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, 2018 July 1, 2007
End date June 30, 2019 June 30, 2008

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

The baseline year was adopted based on UMBC's signing of ACCUPC.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 11,060 11,798
Number of employees resident on-site 10 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 11,439.60 11,798
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,110 2,378
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted Campus Users 12,929.70 13,581.50

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 4.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4.03 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
4,515,988 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 151,319 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,564 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 54,125 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
4,875,879 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:

From 2007 to 2018, UMBC’s gross square footage increased by 19 percent (more space to heat, cool, light, etc.) and student enrollment increased by 18 percent (more equipment plugged in, more students living on campus, more EVs being charged on campus, etc.). Based on this campus growth and associated electric demands, it would be reasonable for UMBC’s electricity consumption to increase by 15 million kWh. However, thanks to UMBC’s focus on efficiency and energy-related investments, UMBC’s electricity consumption decreased by 12 million kWh (27 million kWh less than unmitigated growth would have required).
In other words, despite significant campus growth, UMBC used 15 percent less electricity in 2018 than in 2007. Normalized to account for campus growth, UMBC’s electricity consumption per gross square foot (kWh/GSF) was 29 percent less in 2018 than in 2007.
Energy conservation initiatives implemented from 2008 to 2018 include the following:
• LEED Construction – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED provides a framework that project teams apply to create highly efficient, green buildings. UMBC is committed to designing new buildings and major renovations to meet or exceed LEED Silver standards.
o Patapsco Hall Addition (LEED Gold)
o Apartment Community Center (LEED Silver)
o Performing Arts and Humanities Building (LEED Gold)
o UMBC Event Center (pending LEED Silver)
• Central Plant Boiler Upgrades – Replaced two hot water generators with high-efficiency units and stack economizers. The high-temperature/high-pressure hot water system provides heating for two-thirds of the campus.
• Green Office Program – The GO Program is a voluntary, sustainability certification program that provides resources to assist campus offices/departments in reducing waste, conserving energy, and promoting a culture of sustainability.
• Energy Performance Contracting – EPC is a means for implementing energy-saving projects that essentially pay for themselves over time via the associated energy savings. An array of energy conservation measures were carefully evaluated, and the following projects were selected based upon operational needs and cost-effectiveness.
o Chilled Water Optimization upgraded chilled water distribution system that provides cooling for two-thirds of the campus. This project also included upgrades that enable the Thermal Energy Storage system to provide emergency chilled water distribution for critical cooling during a power outage. Completed in June 2013, this project generates annual savings of 5.7 million kWh and 3,100 MTeCO2.
o Lighting Upgrades retrofitted interior lighting fixtures throughout campus with more efficient lamps and ballasts, added occupancy sensors in many areas to automatically turn off lights, and upgraded lighting fixtures in all three parking garages with ultra-efficient LED fixtures. Completed in May 2015, this project generates annual savings of 6 million kWh and 3,200 MTeCO2.


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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