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Liaison Michele Mykol
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2016
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Western Colorado University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jonathan Coop
Professor of Biology and Environment & Sustainability
Center for ENVS
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 No
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 No
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:

1. Billing records from energy purchases, 2. electricity fuels mix provided by utility, 3. travel records, 4. online voluntary commuter survey, 5. campus food purchasing records from service provider, and 6. waste and recycling volume records. Using a spreadsheet tool, we convert these measures to GHG emissions.


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:

n/a


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 3877 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 4951 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 181 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 117 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 608 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
+ Date Revised: March 8, 2016
5924 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
+ Date Revised: March 8, 2016
0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

N/A - partnership with Office of Resource Efficiency, which offers weatherization, but not "owned" by Western.


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

N/A


A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

N/A


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

We purchased 3,316 metric tons of CO2e of Green-E Certified Renewable Energy Credits though our electric utility via a 3-year contract. This was deducted from Scope 2 emissions.

+ Date Revised: March 8, 2016

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 922 906
Number of residential employees 3 24
Number of in-patient hospital beds 3 3
Full-time equivalent enrollment 2107 1914
Full-time equivalent of employees 331 303
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 132 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2006 Dec. 31, 2006

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

Students lobbied the President to become an ACUPCC signatory, at which time he signed, created the Sustainability Action Committee, which has cross-campus membership, and charged us with conducting a baseline survey.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1102013 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 14500 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1250 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 321 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 730 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 ---
Waste generated in operations 1147 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) 2692 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Food is the only "other" in this category.


A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
The website URL where the GHG emissions inventory is posted:
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A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Increased building performance (e.g., insulation, LEED renovations), increased purchase of wind power, purchase of RECs, campus engagement & culture of reducing consumption.


We were not tracking full-time equivalent of distance education students for our baseline year (2006) in BANNER.

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