Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.75
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date May 1, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.22 / 10.00 Kelly Cain
Director
SCISCD
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include all Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions?:
Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include all Scope 3 GHG emissions from any of the following categories?:
Yes or No
Business travel No
Commuting Yes
Purchased goods and services No
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes
Waste generated in operations Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from other categories?:
Yes

A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:

All data and calculations were made based on the assumptions used in the Clean Air - Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator and reported on the ACUPCC website's Greenhouse Gas Inventory.


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:

The data is checked and double checked by staff responsible for the integrity of the data across all three scopes, especially, scopes 1 and 2. Which comes through senior facilities engineer, Timothy Thum.

No external verification is done.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 6,644.89 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 10,864.57 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 1,103.62 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 985.72 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 54.32 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 58.71 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine total carbon offsets::
Performance Year Baseline Year
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 21 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 21 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from on-site composting 1 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 2,407.36 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution-catalyzed carbon offsets program:

A local offsets program has been discussed and may result as part of the Sustainability Incubator Initiative. However, no program is currently in place.


A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:

A campus forest is maintained for both student learning opportunities and carbon sequestration.


A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

The multiple campus farms, both crop and animal related, as well as the grounds crew and greenhouses compost plant and animal waste on campus land.


A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:

In 2012 $25,968.00 was used to purchase carbon offsets for the University Center and all residence halls. The offsets are purchased through the Green Power Partnership. Mike Noreen, the Conservation and Efficiency Coordinator for the City of River Falls, is the primary contact for the Renewable Energy Certificates.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,322 2,322
Number of residential employees 4 4
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 5,503.11 5,568.04
Full-time equivalent of employees 756 756
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 397.18 50.27

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 2005

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

The GHG emissions baseline was adopted for the year of 2005 to correlate to the other Operations baselines in the STARS report.

The building energy consumption baseline was established in 2005 as part of a State Executive Order 145 for energy reduction goals.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1,994,632 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 18,867 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 12,262 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel ---
Commuting 7,982.16 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 624.14 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the sources included in Scope 3 GHG emissions from "other categories":

No other data is available.


A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
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The website URL where the GHG emissions inventory is posted:
A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

-Lighting retrofits (primarily in stairwells and high use buildings like the Library)
-Variable speed pumps and fans retrofits
-Steam pipe insulation
-Natural gas as the predominant heating plant fuel
-Full time dedicated staff to METASYS energy management system (Dan Asp and Craig Homan)
-Initiation of the Maverick Systems for real time occupant data in Grimm and McMillan halls for kWh, Btus and water
-Energy efficient conversions in food service kitchens
-Attic insulation projects in historic buildings like North and South Halls
-Electric steam ginny replacement in labs with reverse osmosis systems
-Aggressive fume hood preventative maintenance program.


On-campus and commuter residents are not specifically tracked at the university at this time. All data and calculations were made based on the assumptions used in the Clean Air - Cool Planet Carbon Calculator and reported on the ACUPCC website's Greenhouse Gas Inventory. These assumptions used the average residence hall population and assumed those students to be residential, non-commuter students. As non-residential part time students were not tracked in the performance year, those students were considered full-time students to avoid skewing data numbers in this report.

"Other energy intensive space" square footage is for the campus greenhouse.

Energy intensive lab space calculation: energy intensive computer labs (11,675 sq. ft) plus energy intensive science labs with more than one fume hood (7192 sq. ft).

Additional responsible parties: Mike Stifter (Facilities Planning and Management) and Daniel Saunders (GHG data collection)

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.