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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 48.57
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date June 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Cleveland State University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.54 / 4.00 Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
423,488.20 MMBtu

Total clean and renewable electricity generated on site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes:
126.25 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable electricity generating devices :

28kW solar PV system on South Parking Garage


Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site, performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:
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Total clean and renewable electricity generated by off-site projects that the institution catalyzed and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes, performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:
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Total third-party certified RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a utility-provided certified green power option) purchased during the performance year:
56,787.91 MMBtu

A brief description of the RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products, including contract timeframes:

Cleveland State University entered into a two year power purchasing contract with Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. from 7/29/2014 to 6/20/2016.

NewMix Wind (Load Following) was the product selected for Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates, sourced from wind resources located within the United States in an amount equal to 15% of Cleveland State University’s load volume. The 15% green energy purchase of 16,643 RECs is the equivalent to 8,723 tons of CO2e.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass 0.60
Coal 60
Geothermal 0
Hydro 0.60
Natural gas 9.30
Nuclear 25.70
Solar photovoltaic 0
Wind 2.40
Other (please specify and explain below) 1.30

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:

The breakdown of electricity use outlined above is the regional grid mix taken directly from the U.S. eGRID subregion RFC West.

https://www.epa.gov/energy/emissions-generation-resource-integrated-database-egrid
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-02/egrid2014_summarytables_v2.xlsx

Other = Oil, other Fossil, and other unknown/purchased fuel as per eGrid Subregion Resource Mix spreadsheet noted above.


Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal 50
Electricity ---
Fuel oil ---
Geothermal ---
Natural gas 50
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:

Emission attributable to steam generation have decreased significantly due to upgrades performed by our district steam provider company, Cleveland Thermal. Steam and chilled water produced by Cleveland Thermal up until FY2014 was produced using coal fired boilers, with Residual Fuel Oil No. 6 used for peak loads. The fuel mix during these years was 95% coal and 5% Fuel Oil. Between FY2014-FY2016, Cleveland Thermal began the transition to natural gas boilers. During this period, both natural gas and coal were used as fuel to generate steam and chilled water. As of FY2016, steam and chilled water has been produced using 100% natural gas fuel.


Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
13.44

In 2016, CSU entered into two year power purchasing contract with MidAmerican Energy for 18 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 30 percent of our annual electricity usage.

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.