Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.13
Liaison Trey McDonald
Submission Date March 24, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of San Diego
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
5.17 / 8.00 Trey McDonald
Director of Sustainability and Energy Manager
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 3,402 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 5,926 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 588 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 532 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 6,554 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 9,906 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 10,544 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 16,364 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 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 10,544 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 16,364 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, 2009
End date June 30, 2019 June 30, 2010

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

The University of San Diego GHG emissions baseline was adopted and approved in the university's Fall 2016 Climate Action Plan. Using 2010 as a baseline, the original goal was to reduce the university’s emissions and environmental footprint with target years of 2020, 2030, and 2035. The targets to reduce emissions levels were informed by and consistent with the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, including baselines and target years. However, in October 2019, USD President Dr. James Harris committed to climate neutrality by 2035, so the USD Climate Action Plan will be revised to reflect this new goal. The original 2010 baseline will be retained to track progress.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 2,641 2,543
Number of employees resident on-site 20 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 8,328 6,897
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,116.40 1,737
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 377.70 122.30
Weighted Campus Users 8,215.28 7,019.53

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 1.28 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2.33 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
44.94

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
3,315,288 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 23,769 Square Feet
Healthcare space 4,528 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 5,218 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
3,377,100 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:

The primary focus of GHG emissions reductions has been energy efficiency. Since 2010, USD has reduced its energy consumption 35.5% despite increasing building square footage and enrollment. The Climate Action Plan completed in 2016 set out goals for further reductions, but those will be revised in 2020 after Dr. Harris signed the Climate Commitment and pledged that USD will achieve climate neutrality by 2035.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Demographic data were received from the Dept. of Institutional Research.

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