Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.09
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of New Hampshire
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.24 / 8.00 Jennifer Andrews
Project Director
Sustainability Institute
"---" 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 16,286.63 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 29,535.94 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 4,369.85 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3,748.22 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 25,127.69 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 20,656.48 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 58,411.85 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 43.57 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 52 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 2,328 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 43.57 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 52 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the carbon sinks, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):

UNH forest land is managed for carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat and timber harvest. Composting is done on our research farms, including the organic dairy research farm.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 20,612.91 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 58,359.85 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, 2000
End date June 30, 2019 June 30, 2001

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

2001 is the baseline year we established in our climate action plan (WildCAP), first published in 2009.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 6,773 6,247
Number of employees resident on-site 27 23
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 15,642 13,165
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,954 3,136
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 545 0
Weighted Campus Users 15,238.25 13,793.25

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 1.35 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4.23 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
68.03

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
6,363,619 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 840,563 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 585,562 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
8,630,307 Gross Square Feet

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

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

UNH has long been a leader in climate and emissions. We were one of the Charter Signatories to the Climate Commitment in 2006. This commitment, in which we are joined by hundreds of other U.S. campuses, commits UNH to a goal of carbon neutrality and requires the University to track and publicly report its carbon footprint and maintain an up-to-date Climate Action Plan (WildCAP).

In the first version of WildCAP in 2009, UNH set an ambitious goal of halving our emission between 2001 and 2020. We achieved those reductions before our target date, with Scope 1 reductions of 27%, Scope 2 reductions of 100% thanks to a shift to combined heat and power production and renewable energy purchases, and 51% reductions in Scope 3 thanks to aggressive Transportation Demand Management initiatives, for a total reduction of 60% across all 3 scope in FY19 compared to our 2001 baseline.

We just published our WildCAP 2021, our new climate action plan, which has set a new goal of reducing primary emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2) 75% below 2010 emissions levels by 2030.

For more information about our suite of GHG reduction strategies and activities, please see http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/etf.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Note that FY19 is utilized as our performance year, above, as we were able to get the most complete activity data for that year. This means that our weighted campus users data above necessarily differs from what was reported in PRE-5 (since that reflects FY21).

Emissions recorded in the "Purchased Goods and Services" category includes specifically the emissions from the upstream production and distribution of purchases made by UNH Dining. These calculations were done separately from the rest of the inventory (you can see the calculations and emissions factors in the file uploaded under "Additional Documentation to Support the Submission."

All other emissions data come from the Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP).

Information about degree days is here: https://unhsimap.org/cmap/resources/degreedays2

Other contacts: Bill Janelle, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Chair of the UNH Energy Task Force.

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