Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.24
Liaison Rob Andrejewski
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Richmond
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.37 / 8.00 Rob Andrejewski
Director of Sustainability
Office for Sustainability
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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 8,913.92 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 14,831.39 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 248.48 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 390.65 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 18,415.46 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 9,162.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 33,637.50 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 0 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 0 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):

N/A


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 9,162.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 33,637.50 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, 2020 July 1, 2008
End date June 30, 2021 June 30, 2009

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

2020-2021 was impacted by COVID. The Scope 3 data is much lower than in a normal year due to reduced Study Abroad and directly financed travel.

2008-2009 was the baseline year used to establish the Climate Action Plan, which was published in 2010.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 2,721 2,700
Number of employees resident on-site 9 9
Number of other individuals resident on-site 3 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3,636.67 3,732
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,639.33 1,460
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted Campus Users 4,642.50 4,571.25

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 1.97 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 7.36 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
73.18

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
2,816,909 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 182,128 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,305 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 91,851 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
3,275,626 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:

Scope 2 carbon emissions have been zeroed out from project RECS associated with Spider Solar, a utility scale PPA about an hour north of campus.

Scope 1 emissions were lower due to reduced HVAC and chiller demand due to work-from-home policies that extended to much of campus in summer 2020.

Gas powered steam absorption chillers have been replaced with high efficiency electric chillers that have magnetic bearing units. Variable speed drives are standard in HVAC units.

Scope 3 emissions are drastically reduced, especially study abroad and directly financed travel, due to COVID restrictions.


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