Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.84
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date April 26, 2024

STARS v2.2

University of Miami
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.17 / 8.00 Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainability Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
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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 3,972.27 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 11,651 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 1,866.95 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 876 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 13,954.46 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 115,284 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 19,793.68 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 127,811 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 100.13 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 0 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 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 100.13 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):

Our Mulching/Composting area produces mulch onsite for part of our landscaping needs.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 19,693.55 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 127,811 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 June 1, 2022 June 1, 2006
End date May 31, 2023 May 31, 2007

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

FY 2007 is the start date of our updated baseline GHG inventory when we signed the ACUPCC/2nd Nature commitment.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 4,555 4,250
Number of employees resident on-site 22 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 20 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 18,826 14,167
Full-time equivalent of employees 10,641.90 9,506
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 810.10 0
Weighted Campus Users 22,657.60 18,817.25

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 0.87 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent 6.79 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
87.20

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
10,841,400 Gross square feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 528,329 Square feet
Healthcare space 94,067 Square feet
Other energy intensive space 483,212 Square feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
12,569,404 Gross square feet

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
0.00 MtCO2e per square foot

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

In 2019, the University of Miami signed an agreement with Florida Power and Light to adopt the Solar Together program. This community solar agreement allows the University to procure 100% of its 2019 electricity consumption through off-site solar energy. The Renewable Energy Credits associated with it are offsetting operation scope 2 emissions—getting us much closer to carbon neutrality. These yearly RECs started to be retired in 2022, so we are now counting them in our GHG emissions inventory. All RECs from the Solar Together program are certified by the North American Registry.

We continue to certify our buildings at a minimum standard of LEED Silver. In 2022, the Miami Herbert Business School certified Platinum on the LEED Existing Building Operation and Maintenance program from USGBC. 

As of Spring 2022, the University installed 18 new level 2 Electric Vehicle charging stations on its main campus.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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