Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.15
Liaison Andrea Trimble
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Virginia
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.05 / 8.00 Samantha Kelly
Special Projects Coordinator
OFS
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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 80,157.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 109,886.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 4,245.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4,593.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 106,729.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 176,643.80 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 191,132.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 291,123.40 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 191,132.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 291,123.40 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 Jan. 1, 2019 Jan. 1, 2010
End date Dec. 31, 2019 Dec. 31, 2010

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

In 2019, the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors committed to including several new sustainability goals in the University's 2020-2030 Sustainability Plan, including being carbon neutral by 2030 and achieving several "30 by 30" goals by 2030 relative to 2010 levels. While achieving carbon neutrality does not necessitate a baseline, 2010 is being used for this GHG baseline for the purposes of aligning with the "30 by 30" goals' baselines.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 7,076 6,623
Number of employees resident on-site 69 69
Number of other individuals resident on-site 612 566
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 22,935 20,449
Full-time equivalent of employees 16,607 13,295
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted Campus Users 32,054.75 27,547

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 5.96 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 10.57 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
43.58

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
18,045,645 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 1,081,497 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,003,511.99 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 306,990 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
22,522,652.98 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:

UVA continues to implement initiatives to curb the use of electricity on Grounds. In 2019, UVA saw continued success in implementing LED lighting technology in exterior lighting, building retrofits through Delta Force projects, and in new construction and renovation projects. Additionally, both of UVA’s utility scale solar fields, Hollyfield and Puller, were completely operational for the entirety of 2019, contributing to a significant increase of green power. These activities, coupled with Green Building Standards, have helped UVA reduce the consumption and emissions from new facilities added by the University since 2010.

Since 2010, UVA has replaced coal as the University’s primary heating energy source with natural gas. Although it has decreased considerably since 2010, UVA’s coal use fluctuates when Charlottesville experiences more extreme winter events, resulting in a shortage of the natural gas supply during this time. In response, the Main Heating Plant combusts coal to meet peak demand. While fuel switching has significantly reduced emissions from on-Grounds stationary combustion, additional actions also contributed to this success including the replacement of boilers at the North Grounds Mechanical Plant with low temperature hot water generators and heat recovery chillers, the burner replacements at Massie Road Plant, and the continued building improvements spearheaded by the Delta Force program.

Since 2010, UVA has established campaigns and incentives to promote more sustainable commuting practices while continuing to offer the University Transit Service and a partnership with Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT). These programs help faculty, staff, and students get to destinations both on and off-Grounds. The Cavpool program, is the most common sustainable, non-single occupant vehicle, commuting program at UVA for faculty and staff while other programs, such as UVA’s bicycle sharing program, are more recent additions to commuting options. UVA will continue to explore other options to reduce the impact commuting has on GHG emissions.


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