Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Wesley Enterline
Submission Date April 22, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Wesley Enterline
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Planning and Management
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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:

UW-Whitewater has recently transitioned current and historical greenhouse gas emissions inventory to Carbon Management and Analysis Platform (CarbonMAP). This online tool was designed to replace the Clean Air-Cool Planet calculator spreadsheet. The new web-based Campus Carbon Calculator, will help you create a greenhouse gas baseline, benchmark your performance, set goals, and analyze your progress.


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?:
No

A brief description of the internal and/or external verification process:

An indication of whether the GHG emissions inventory has been validated internally by personnel who are independent of the GHG accounting and reporting process and/or verified by an independent, external third party.

The data collected is not verified internally or by an independent, external third party. However, the results of our inventory are publicly available through ACUPCC and on our website.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 263.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 342.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 20849.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 22708.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 13886.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 20015.10 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 256.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 256.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from on-site composting 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

No institution-catalyzed carbon offsets program has been implemented.


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

Carbon sequestration land area includes the 55 acres of prairie and 55 acres of forested land that constitute the UW-Whitewater Nature Preserve. Additionally, land that is maintained as mowed grass was included in the carbon sequestration.


A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

Currently, no composting or carbon storage program exists. A composting program is being considered in the near future, but only on a limited rollout to start.


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

No carbon offsets are purchased by the campus.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 4126 3476.50
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 10737 9484
Full-time equivalent of employees 1216.75 1056.26
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 2026 1420

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

As a signatory of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment, we embarked on the task of conducting our first greenhouse gas inventory officially conducted by the institution after July 2008, when the first campus Sustainability Coordinator was hired. This was his primary task upon being hired, and using the information from Fiscal Year 2008 was most practical and relevant. This has continued to serve as our baseline inventory moving forward.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
3017518 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 145274 Square Feet
Healthcare space 5868 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 98401 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 4414.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 0 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":

Waste generated in operations is recycled whenever possible, but all landfilled waste resides at a facility that utilizes methane capture for use in electricity generation, which explains the zero carbon impact. The impact of waste water is not calculated, but the municipal wastewater facility utilizes anaerobic digestion to capture methane and biosolids are given to local farmers for use as fertilizer.

Commuter data was the only significant data collected for Scope 3 from both baseline year and performance year.


A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
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:

Many of these efforts are related to energy savings, recycling, and other campaigns that are covered in other areas of the report. At this time, no specific initiatives or efforts have been made with the primary goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, the more appropriate place to account for these projects are listed under their respective areas in other places in STARS reporting.


Data collection submitted without Study Abroad travel data because performance year data has not been collected.

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.