Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.43
Liaison Wesley Enterline
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.78 / 10.00 Wesley Enterline
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Planning and Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 Some
Commuting Some
Purchased goods and services None
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Some
Other categories None

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:

UW-Whitewater has transitioned current and historical greenhouse gas emissions inventory to Sustainability Indicator Management & Analysis Platform (SIMAP).

Waste generated by campus was captured in the inventory in its entirety, but since the landfill does methane recovery and electricity generation, it is shown as a renewable energy source with a negative emissions impact on the emissions 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?:
No

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

The data collected is not verified internally or by an independent, external third party.


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 519.83 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 631.12 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 260.82 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 254.14 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 20871.93 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 19728.58 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 21160.48 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 20021.38 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 42813.06 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 40635.22 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, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014

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):

The 2015 STARS Report used the 2014 Fiscal Year as the performance year. Since that year is more accurately representative of our physical campus development and the assessment methods were more robust, that has been adopted as the new baseline moving forward.


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 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 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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):
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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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the purchased RECs/GOs including vendor, project source and verification program:
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Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 42813.06 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 40635.22 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 3948.50 4126
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 10887.87 10737
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1254.69 1216.75
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 595.28 580.45
Weighted campus users 9647.59 9561.48

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 4.44 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4.25 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
3054629 Gross 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 0 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
3356913 Gross Square Feet

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 2639.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 7701.92 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 1090.18 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion = Other On-Campus Stationary
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources = Direct Transportation, Refrigerants & Chemicals
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity = Purchased Electricity
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources = Purchased Steam / Chilled Water
Gross Scope 3 Business Travel = Directly Financed Air Travel and Other Directly Financed Travel (reimbursed personal vehicle miles). Mileage of rental vehicles or public transportation not available.
Gross Scope 3 Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 = T&D Losses

Solid waste uses methane recovery and electricity generation, which yields a negative result in the SIMAP calculator. STARS does not allow for negative numbers, so 0 reported for "Waste Generated in Operations."

Data for business travel based on FY 17 numbers. Data still unavailable for FY 18 but will be updated once it becomes available.

Data on commuting not currently available, but will be updated once an estimate is made. Currently investigating transportation survey to prove better data to use retroactively to previous fiscal years up to the new baseline year.

Data for energy intensive space based on 2015 calculations, which have likely not changed due to a lack of major renovation projects. However, a request with Campus Planning for updated numbers is currently not available. Report will be amended in all relevant categories if new or improved data becomes available.

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.