Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.34
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Maryland, College Park
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.27 / 3.00 Scott Lupin
Associate Director
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory within the previous three years that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :
Yes

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:
Staff in the Office of Sustainability collect data from all relevant departments each year. Beginning in 2017, the staff uses the Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP) to calculate Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions. Before 2017, staff used the most recent version of the Campus Carbon Calculator to complete a campus-wide greenhouse gas inventory (this calculator is owned and maintained by the Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire, but was replaced with SIMAP in 2018). Results are reported through the SustainableUMD Progress Hub and the Reporting System of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

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?:
No

A brief description of the GHG inventory verification process:
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Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 103,197.33 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 7,132.43 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Total gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
110,329.76 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year (market-based):
Weight in MTCO2e
Imported electricity 0 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Imported thermal energy 0 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Total gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year:
0 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Gross GHG emissions from biogenic sources, performance year:
65.26 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Does the GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from the following sources?:
Yes or No Weight in MTCO2e
Business travel Yes 7,101.22 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Commuting Yes 15,855.27 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Purchased goods and services No ---
Capital goods No ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes 2,913.05 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Waste generated in operations Yes 1,358.16 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Other sources Yes 7,827.76 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
35,055.46 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

A brief description of how the institution accounted for its Scope 3 emissions:
Staff in the Office of Sustainability collect data from all relevant departments each year. For 2017 data the staff used the Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP) to calculate Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions. Before 2017 staff used the most recent version of the Campus Carbon Calculator to complete a campus-wide greenhouse gas inventory (this calculator is owned and maintained by the Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire, but was replaced with SIMAP in 2018). Results are reported through UMD's annual Sustainability Progress Report and the Reporting System of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

Has the institution completed an inventory within the previous three years to quantify its air pollutant emissions?:
Yes

Annual weight of emissions for::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 102 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 4.28 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 13.90 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 8.63 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0.00 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 3.82 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0.11 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 2.39 Tons

Do the air pollutant emissions figures provided include the following sources?:
Yes or No
Major stationary sources Yes
Area sources Yes
Mobile sources Yes
Commuting No
Off-site electricity production No

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:
The Department of Environmental Safety's Environmental Affairs Unit works with Facilities Management to collect fuel usage data as well as meter readings on individual equipment. The information is entered into a database that was established and is routinely updated for reporting air emissions under the university's Title V Operating Permit. https://essr.umd.edu/air-quality-permitting-fact-sheet

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity (location-based):
0 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy (location-based) :
0 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Website URL where information about the institution’s emissions inventories is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The full text of the Facilities Master Plan is available online at: https://facilities.umd.edu/facilities-master-plan

The University holds a Title V Air Quality Permit that establishes standards for the operation, testing and reporting of stationary equipment and other sources of air pollution including fuel storage tanks. All emissions are reported in US tons. This report includes two mobile generators and two mobile boilers. Air emission weights reported above are based on continuous operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week though most generators, charbroilers, hot water heaters, and other equipment at UMD does not actually run 24/7. The Office of Environmental Affairs and the university’s air quality consultants currently calculate the emissions report this way due the permit reporting procedures. The University’s data is publicly submitted to the EPA and Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).

For Other Standard Categories, we reported tons of VOCs. The Title V Air Quality Permit emissions report includes the primary pollutants -- CH4, CO, CO2, N2O, NOx, PMs, and SOx -- as well as HAPs/TAPs listed by MDE.

For Ozone Depleting Substances, we reported CFCs and HCFCs that leaked from our HVAC systems. All other ODCs are de minimis and included in the HAPs category because that is how they are reported to the EPA.

The full text of the Facilities Master Plan is available online at: https://facilities.umd.edu/facilities-master-plan

The University holds a Title V Air Quality Permit that establishes standards for the operation, testing and reporting of stationary equipment and other sources of air pollution including fuel storage tanks. All emissions are reported in US tons. This report includes two mobile generators and two mobile boilers. Air emission weights reported above are based on continuous operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week though most generators, charbroilers, hot water heaters, and other equipment at UMD does not actually run 24/7. The Office of Environmental Affairs and the university’s air quality consultants currently calculate the emissions report this way due the permit reporting procedures. The University’s data is publicly submitted to the EPA and Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).

For Other Standard Categories, we reported tons of VOCs. The Title V Air Quality Permit emissions report includes the primary pollutants -- CH4, CO, CO2, N2O, NOx, PMs, and SOx -- as well as HAPs/TAPs listed by MDE.

For Ozone Depleting Substances, we reported CFCs and HCFCs that leaked from our HVAC systems. All other ODCs are de minimis and included in the HAPs category because that is how they are reported to the EPA.

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