Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Western Michigan University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jeff Spoelstra
Sustainability Coordinator
Office for Sustainability
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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 Yes
Commuting Yes
Purchased goods and services Yes
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:

The "Clean Air Cool Planet" spreadsheet was used to for data calculations with proper emissions factors. An undergraduate Environmental and Sustainability Studies Student performed each inventory for both the baseline and performance years.


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:

Office for Sustainability Staff and Dr. Harold Glasser, Executive Director of Campus Sustainability & Professor, reviewed and verified the GHG inventory.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 65909 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 57521 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 4536 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2133 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 5312 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 24939 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 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
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:
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A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:
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A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:
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A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:
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Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 0 0
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 19811 20214
Full-time equivalent of employees 0 0
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

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, 2009 Dec. 31, 2009

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

The baseline was adopted because it was the first complete inventory consistent with ACUPCC reporting guidelines.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
7218655 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 191917 Square Feet
Healthcare space 56157 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 1861575 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 6454 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 15530 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 366 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 2 525 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 5936 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) 2886 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Wastewater.


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:
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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.