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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.40
Liaison Shannon Craig
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Camosun College
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.92 / 10.00 Rosemary Smedley
Executive Assistant
VP Administration
"---" 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 No
Commuting No
Purchased goods and services Yes
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 No
Waste generated in operations No

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from other categories?:
No

A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:

In BC there is provincial legislation requiring all public sector organizations to conduct an annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The emissions are calculated by the government's online "SmartTool" reporting program.
It includes Scope 1 and 2 emissions generated in normal business operations for all properties owned and leased, owned and leased vehicles and boats, as well as Scope 3 emissions from purchased paper.
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cas/legislation/index.html


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:
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Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 1,293.96 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,708 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 12.32 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 27.84 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 65.04 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 90.42 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 1,442 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,032.84 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

N/A


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:

The province of British Columbia has legislation in place that requires all public sector organizations to purchase offsets in order to become carbon neutral. B.C.’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act and the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation requires all public sector organizations (PSOs) to:
1.Reduce emissions as much as possible each year;
2.Measure any remaining GHG emissions from buildings, vehicle fleets, paper use, and government travel;
3.Purchase an equivalent amount of emission reductions (offsets) to get to net-zero; and
4.Report on achievements.
In Camosun's baseline year (2010), offsets were purchased from the Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT), a Crown corporation that sells third party verified, quality, BC-based offsets. The PCT has since closed and now offsets are purchased through the Climate Investment branch in the Ministry of Environment's Climate Action Secretariat.


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 9,792.90 9,574.25
Full-time equivalent of employees 929 936
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, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2010 Dec. 31, 2010

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted:
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Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
943,690.97 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 0 Square Feet
Healthcare space 84.39 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 78,519.17 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel ---
Commuting ---
Purchased goods and services 71.56 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 ---
Waste generated in operations ---
Other categories (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the sources included in Scope 3 GHG emissions from "other categories":
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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:
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*FTE employees for the baseline year (2010) is an average of 3 years (2010-2012).

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.