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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 59.95
Liaison Tim Albertson
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

North Seattle College
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 6.00 Tim Albertson
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Development Services
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 32,963 MMBtu 37,025 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 0.02 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (excluding transportation fuels) 3,580 MMBtu 5,489 MMBtu
Total 36,543.02 MMBtu 42,514 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 2005

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

2005 is the year that consistent data has been collected for most variables (e.g., campus population, FTEs, energy consumption) in addition to being the year that the State of Washington began requiring yearly GHG submissions.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 653,167 Gross Square Feet 594,234 Gross Square Feet

Source-site ratio for grid-purchased electricity:

Total building energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Site energy 0.06 MMBtu / GSF 0.07 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.16 MMBtu / GSF 0.20 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total building energy consumption (source energy) per unit of floor area from baseline (0-100):

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F / 18 °C):
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 4,015 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 277 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 78,578 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
814,032 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
10.46 Btu / GSF / Degree-Day (°F)

Documentation (e.g. spreadsheet or utility records) to support the performance year energy consumption figures reported above:

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices in regard to energy efficiency (e.g. outreach and education efforts):

1. Seattle Colleges formalized the partnership with Mckinstry through an RFP process in selecting an Energy Services Company (ESCO). Specifically, the college was seeking a partnership that served efforts over the course of multiple years and integrated students into the learning process. As an ESCO, it is expected that projects will reduce the campuses carbon footprint, makes spaces more comfortable, and saving the college money.
2. Leaflets on energy efficiency best practices are given out for students, staffs and faculty every quarter during club fair and quarterly events.

A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution (e.g. building temperature standards, occupancy and vacancy sensors):

Our campus uses a Siemens building automation system to automatically regulate temperatures in order to conserve energy. Our bathrooms lights are motion activated.

A brief description of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and other energy-efficient lighting strategies employed by the institution:

1. Some exterior pedestrian lighting is LED. The Sustainability Fund funded $78K in a lighting retrofit in 2014.
2. Two new LEED Gold certified buidlings: OCE&E – Opportunity Center for Employment & Education and HSSR – Health Sciences & Student Resources are equipped with LED lighting.

A brief description of passive solar heating, geothermal systems, and related strategies employed by the institution:

A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution, e.g. combined heat and power (CHP):

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment and systems with high efficiency alternatives (e.g. building re-commissioning or retrofit programs):

Arts and Science building's rooftop has been recently renovated to be more energy efficient.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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