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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 51.92
Liaison Jonathan Lantz-Trissel
Submission Date July 26, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Eastern Mennonite University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.05 / 10.00 Jonathan Lantz-Trissel
Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Plant
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :
Yes

Does the institution’s GHG emissions inventory include all, some or none of its Scope 3 GHG emissions from the following categories?:
All, Some, or None
Business travel All
Commuting All
Purchased goods and services None
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations All
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 All
Other categories None

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, including how the institution accounted for each category of Scope 3 emissions reported above:

The Office of Sustainability used utilities bills for energy and waste water, transportation surveys for commuting, credit card bills and travel agencies for air and train travel, HVAC records for refrigerants, Cross Cultural office for study abroad miles, fleet fuel online fuel card management for fleet emissions, grounds and fertilizer sellers (BFG Supply and Trinity Turf) .


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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Documentation to support the internal and/or external verification process:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 and Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions):
Yes

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 521 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 647 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 133 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 216 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 2,863 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,872 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 3,517 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3,735 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016
Baseline Year July 1, 2009 June 30, 2010

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

GhG emissions baseline was set for 2015 Climate Action Plan submitted to ACUPCC because it was the first year when all data was collected completely and accurately.


Figures needed to determine total carbon offsets:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased (exclude purchased RECs/GOs) 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
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 6.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 5.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon offsets included above for which the emissions reductions have been sold or transferred by the institution 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon offsets 6.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 5.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the offsets in each category reported above, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):

EMU operates our own compost facility with weights, pile temps and testing recorded for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.


Emissions reductions attributable to Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) or Guarantee of Origin (GO) purchases:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Emissions reductions attributable to REC/GO purchases 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the purchased RECs/GOs including vendor, project source and verification program:
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Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 3,510.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3,729.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 585 579
Number of employees resident on-site 6 5
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 7 7
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 1,465 1,243
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 394 331
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 9 7
Weighted campus users 1,542.25 1,328.25

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user 2.28 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2.81 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline (0-100):
18.93

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
629,977 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 12,776 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,444 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 17,390 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
675,807 Gross Square Feet

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
0.01 MtCO2e / GSF

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 1,083 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 717.90 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 39.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Second Nature/ACUPCC
Campus Carbon Calculator & Carbon Map from UNH

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.