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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 Gold
Overall Score 67.47
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date Aug. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

San Jose State University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.65 / 10.00 Debbie Andres
Utilities & Sustainability Analyst
FD&O
"---" 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?:
No

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

SJSU is required to report all Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions through California's Air Resources Board


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the internal and/or external verification process:

Reporting to the CARB requires third party verification. We have contracted Locus Technologies for verification for the past 5 years. CARB requires us to use a new verifier every 6 years.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 30,288.30 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 29,920.30 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 126.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 93 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 2,311.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3,060.50 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

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

A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

Back of house food waste is collected in the on-site residential dining hall to be composted in the Associated Students Community Garden. Coffee grounds at Le Boulanger on campus are also collected to be used in the compost at the garden.


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

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 3,646 3,661
Number of residential employees 101 81
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 26,569 25,407
Full-time equivalent of employees 3,805 3,659
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 1,948 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2015 Dec. 31, 2015
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013

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

2013 is the first year that we have complete data requested for this credit. This baseline year provided an accurate comparison between a past year and our most recent complete year.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
6,729,349 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 407,500 Square Feet
Healthcare space 65,229 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 52,129 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 152 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 362,072,496.18 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 318.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
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:
A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

MBCx for Sweeney Hall, Art Building, Music Building, MacQuarrie Hall, Dwight Bentel Hall, Chiller Plant
Air Handler Unit replacement
Boiler Retrofit for Joe West Hall
Demand Response Participant
PV Panel installation on Student Union
Campus Exterior Lighting Retrofit
Demand Side Management for Central Plant and thermal energy storage tank.


Scope 2 emissions calculated using PG&E emission factors.

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.