Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.30
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Missouri
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
6.99 / 10.00 Srinivasan Raghavan
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :
Yes

Does the institution’s GHG emissions inventory include all, some or none of its Scope 3 GHG emissions from the following categories?:
All, Some, or None
Business travel Some
Commuting Some
Purchased goods and services Some
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 All
Other categories All

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, including how the institution accounted for each category of Scope 3 emissions reported above:

MU used SIMAP (Sustainability Indicator Management & Analysis Platform) from the UNH Sustainability Institute.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the internal and/or external verification process:

Methodologies were analyzed and confirmed by: Jerry P. Bauer, PE* Associate Engineer- Environmental Group Burns & McDonnell Direct: 816-822-3527 Mobile: 913-558-9224 Fax: 816-822-3494 JBauer@burnsmcd.com www.burnsmcd.com


Documentation to support the internal and/or external verification process:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 and Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions):
Yes

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 148,662 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 306,911 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 5,354 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4,574 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 2,585 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 39,562 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 156,601 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 351,047 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

Required if end date of the baseline year is prior to 2005.


Figures needed to determine total carbon offsets:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased (exclude purchased RECs/GOs) 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 sequestration due to land that the institution manages specifically for sequestration 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 offsets included above for which the emissions reductions have been sold or transferred by the institution 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon offsets 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the offsets in each category reported above, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):
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Emissions reductions attributable to Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) or Guarantee of Origin (GO) purchases:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Emissions reductions attributable to REC/GO purchases 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the purchased RECs/GOs including vendor, project source and verification program:
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Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 156,601 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 351,047 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 5,543 6,279
Number of employees resident on-site 18 18
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 31,194 25,089
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 9,006.50 8,665.10
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 2,652 1,259.10
Weighted campus users 29,551.63 25,945.50

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 5.30 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 13.53 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
60.83

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
14,415,671 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 2,960,249 Square Feet
Healthcare space 235,604 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 989,175 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
21,796,552 Gross Square Feet

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 9,829 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 17,037 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 33 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 878 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

MU has achieved its successful reduction of GHG’s with a multifaceted approach, summarized as follows:

Plant Fuel Shifting and Production Efficiency - MU has substantially reduced its use of coal as a fuel to heat and power its campus. A 73% reduction in coal has been achieved and replaced with a balance of natural gas and sustainable wood residue biomass. Additionally, the natural gas is being used in a more efficient combined heat and power cycle process using combustion turbines and co-generation steam turbine generators. This efficiency improvement has permitted MU to reduce the total fuel BTU to the plant by 11% while increasing its electrical output.

Energy Conservation – MU continues to invest in energy conservation in its academic and research buildings reducing its annual energy use by 1% or more per square foot. This has helped offset the energy use impact of new space.

Investment in Renewable Energy – MU’s investment in renewable energy has been significant. MU’s renewable portfolio of biomass, wind, and solar has now exceeded 39% of campus energy use and forecasted to exceed 40% this year compared to 1% in 2008. In the fall of 2017, the EPA Green Power Partnership recognized MU as a national leader in the development and application of renewable energy to power our campus. Specific renewable energy investments include:

o Biomass Combined Heat and Power – MU replaced a coal-fired boiler with a biomass-fired boiler to re-power an existing co-generation steam turbine generator. This system now supplies MU with more than a third of the campus energy use. The boilers use locally sourced wood residues from various wood product industries in Central Missouri.

o Wind Energy – MU partnered with the City of Columbia under a power purchase agreement (PPA) to procure wind within the regional grid. The PPA, rated capacity at 11 MW, represented 71% of MU’s grid purchases in 2017. MU also installed an on-campus 20 kW wind turbine to help educate students and visually showcase MU’s commitment to sustainability.

o Solar Energy – MU has invested in five on-campus solar energy systems, two photovoltaic (PV) systems and three solar thermal systems. There is 36 kW of solar PV installed, a 34 kW system at our central energy plant and a 2 kW at our campus research reactor. One of the solar thermal systems preheats boiler make up water at our central plant and the other two heat domestic hot water at two different resident halls.

A comparison of FY08 to FY17 is summarized in attached Climate Action Plan Fact Sheet.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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