Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.89
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Montana
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
3.20 / 8.00 Eva Rocke
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 14,149.65 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 16,696.73 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 1,456.12 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 17,168.55 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 27,961.36 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 32,774.32 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 44,658.09 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine net carbon sinks:
Performance year Baseline year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 440 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 44.39 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 484.39 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):

Campus departments and LEED building projects purchase third party verified carbon offsets and Renewable Energy Credits occasionally to meet certification and climate action goals. In FY19 (the year represented above), the Fitness & Recreation Center purchased carbon offsets and RECs from Sterling Planet. We also purchased carbon offsets for the Champion Center, the only new facility constructed and LEED certified in 2019.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 32,289.93 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 44,658.09 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, 2006
End date June 30, 2019 June 30, 2007

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

UM's baseline emissions year was adopted in 2010 when our first GHG emissions inventory was conducted and we developed our climate action plan. Retired university president George Dennison signed the ACUPCC in 2006, making UM one of the charter signatories. Upon initial data collection, it quickly became clear that finding sufficient data from earlier than FY 2007 would be too difficult and inaccurate.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 2,418 2,744
Number of employees resident on-site 4 4
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 10,487 11,698
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,778 1,772
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,144 0
Weighted Campus Users 9,696.25 10,789.50

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 3.33 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4.14 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
19.54

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
3,780,036 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 120,092 Square Feet
Healthcare space 28,665 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
4,077,550 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:

UM continues to pursue energy conservation projects in its buildings across campus when funding and time allow. We are currently working with McKinstry, an energy performance ESCO, to recommission several large buildings on campus and upgrade lighting. UM is also in the midst of designing and building a Combined Heat & Power plant that will be operable in fall 2022. In addition to infrastructure efficiencies and improvements, we have invested in 3 more fully electric buses for our student-owned transit program and we continue to do extensive outreach and education to support active, sustainable commuting.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The data above reflect FY19 while our most recent SIMAP submission goes through FY20. Also of note this year is our choice to adopt a custom emissions factor instead of using the eGrid EF. In order to have our GHG inventory more accurately reflect change over time, we updated the 2007 emissions factor based on the specific EF given to us by NorthWestern Energy. So now, 2007 and 2015-2020 emissions profiles are all consistent in their use of custom emissions factors.

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