Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.46
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.76 / 8.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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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 6,206.45 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 13,391.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 358.73 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 390.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 14,786.04 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 17,018.02 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 21,351.22 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 30,799.72 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 ---
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):

None of these categories of offsets were purchased by WCU in FY 2017.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 21,351.22 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 30,799.72 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 July 1, 2018 July 1, 2009
End date June 30, 2019 June 30, 2010

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

West Chester University's GHG emissions baseline represents the first year for which the university calculated carbon emissions. That year -- Fiscal Year 2010 -- was included in WCU's first Climate Action Plan, published in 2013.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 5,135 4,397
Number of employees resident on-site 10 10
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 16,024.80 11,561
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,727 1,621
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,172 0
Weighted Campus Users 13,721.10 10,988.25

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 1.56 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
44.48

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
3,964,360 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 79,201 Square Feet
Healthcare space 13,193 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 21,667 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
4,170,815 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:

WCU continues to make significant investments in its district geothermal heating and cooling system. Since FY 2014, the system has expanded by almost 400 wells, has been connected to six additional buildings representing almost 450,000 square feet of space. We continue to implement a Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement to replace inefficient lighting fixtures with LED technology. And newly constructed and renovated buildings (including the new Business and Public Management Center, Mitchell Hall, and Wayne Hall) have been designed and constructed to LEED standards.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data compiled by Bradley Flamm, Director, Office of Sustainability (bflamm@wcupa.edu, x2053) from sources in Facilities, Public Safety, and other offices.

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