Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.37
Liaison Preston Jacobsen
Submission Date April 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.24 / 10.00 Preston Jacobsen
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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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 All
Commuting All
Purchased goods and services Some
Capital goods Some
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Some
Other categories Some

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:

The University of New Hampshire's Campus Carbon Calculator is a tool that helps organizations determine how much they are contributing to global climate change and better manage their GHG emissions. It is an MS Excel-based spreadsheet tool that provides procedural protocols and framework for investigation of campus GHG emissions. For Scope 3 emissions, the commuting data was derived from a commuting survey that was distributed to a subset of campus faculty, staff and students. The Office of Sustainability received data covering Directly Financed Outsourced Travel (rental cars, trains, taxis, ubers, ferries, buses, and mileage reimbursement) and used that data to calculate miles traveled by each mode. The Office of Sustainability received data regarding student study abroad trips and calculated air miles flown. For the paper inventory, a report of eMarketPlace purchases was acquired and filtered, along with Office of Sustainability staff emailing department purchasing heads to receive data for paper that was purchased outside of the widely used eMarketplace. Wastewater data was provided by Facilities Services director, and the UT Sustainability Manager provided REC offset data.


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:

This document has been verified by Facilities Services managers as well as by a full-time data analysis coordinator on staff at the Office of Sustainability.


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 63429 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 61186 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 7432 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 7436 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 142213 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 173384 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 213074 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 242006 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, 2015 June 30, 2016
Baseline Year July 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):
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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 1 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from on-site composting 302 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 38 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 302 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 39 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):

Food waste from all campus dining locations and select buildings as well as used paper towels from multiple buildings across campus are collected and taken to our composting facility off Cherokee Trail. Once there, the this waste is combined with wood chips and separated into long piles called windrows. The windrows allow the wastes to biodegrade aerobically, which is faster and reduces the potential for methane production. Periodically, the windrows are turned and watered to manage temperature and biodegredation.


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 150038 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4430 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the purchased RECs/GOs including vendor, project source and verification program:

The RECs purchased are Green-e Energy Certified with a product content of 99.1% wind, 9% solar sourced from Illinois and Tennessee. A portion of RECs were bought as part of TVA's Green Power Switch® Southeastern RECs pilot, however the majority were bought from Renewable Choice Energy.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 70559 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 237537 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 8739 8132
Number of employees resident on-site 11 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 609 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 25726.70 24998.80
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 7245.90 7986
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 140 0
Weighted campus users 27420.95 26771.60

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 2.57 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 8.87 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
71.00

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
14876470 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 993018 Square Feet
Healthcare space 114681 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 214680 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
17306548 Gross Square Feet

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 14237 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 27707 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 1026 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 14358 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 6132 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 5023 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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