Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.79
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Western Kentucky University
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 3.00 Laura Tomlin
Manager, Environmental Programs
Environmental Health and Safety
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory within the previous three years that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :
No

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:

WKU Office of Sustainability used the Clean Air Cool Planet carbon calculator to track university GHG emissions. Carbon emissions inventory began in 2010. The last inventory was collected in 2016. A Gatton Academy student began another emission collection in January 2020.


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 GHG inventory verification process:

In 2016, a representative of Midwest Clean Energy Enterprises worked with us as an external consultant on the development of a institutional climate action plan. The consultant reviewed emissions from the 2009 to 2013 period accuracy and verification and provided feedback and suggestions for ways to improve data collection and interpretation for accuracy.

A new student team has been identified to calculate a new carbon emissions footprint. The same data verification process will be followed once completed.


Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:
---

Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
---

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year (market-based):
Weight in MTCO2e
Imported electricity 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year:
---

Gross GHG emissions from biogenic sources, performance year:
---

Does the GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from the following sources?:
Yes or No Weight in MTCO2e
Business travel --- 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting --- 0 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 sources --- 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of how the institution accounted for its Scope 3 emissions:
---

Has the institution completed an inventory within the previous three years to quantify its air pollutant emissions?:
Yes

Annual weight of emissions for::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 8.79 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.12 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 8.94 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.87 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 0.00 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0.21 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 13,067.16 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0.98 Tons

Do the air pollutant emissions figures provided include the following sources?:
Yes or No
Major stationary sources Yes
Area sources Yes
Mobile sources Yes
Commuting ---
Off-site electricity production No

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:

The university utilizes nationally recognized AP 42 emission factors as well as the KY Division for Air Quality’s Emissions Inventory System database to calculate annual emissions from stationary sources.

ODC’s calculated include:
CO2 – 13,058 tons
Methane – 0.3747 tons
NOx – 8.786 tons


Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity (location-based):
---

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy (location-based) :
---

Website URL where information about the institution’s emissions inventories is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
---

Outdoor Air Quality information provided by Laura Tomlin, Environment, Health and Safety Department.

Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0.02763 tons (Benzene, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Xylene)
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations - VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) 0.976 tons

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.