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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 Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Ryan Buchholdt
Submission Date Aug. 12, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Alaska Anchorage
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Paula Williams
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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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 Yes
Waste generated in operations No

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from other categories?:
Yes

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

Data collection
In order to determine campus carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, the following
steps were completed during the calculation preparation process:
1. Gather all data to determine scope one emissions. This included fossil fuel
consumption of all campus owned equipment and activities: heating fuels,
emergency generator fuels, fuels used by campus-owned vehicles, and the
purchase of natural gas for University heating systems for main campus and offcampus
buildings.
2. Gather all data to determine scope two emissions. This requires the collection of
the amount of all purchased electricity for main campus and off-campus
buildings.
3. Gather data for scope three emissions, including distance and frequency of
commutes to and from campus by students and employees, and miles per
gallon of vehicles utilized for these commutes; number and range of air and
surface miles traveled for UAA business (these emissions included Community
Campuses); and electric loss from generation and transmission for UAA main
campus.

http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sustainability/upload/GHGReport2012.pdf


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 15,954 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 576 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 21,406 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 21 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:
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A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:
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A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:
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A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:
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Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,718 0
Number of residential employees 75 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 9,902 0
Full-time equivalent of employees 3,077 0
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 2,049 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2011 July 1, 2010
Baseline Year June 30, 2012 June 30, 2006

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:
2,356,169 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 48,924 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,912 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 77,747 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 2,470 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 17,559 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the sources included in Scope 3 GHG emissions from "other categories":

Travel reports, commuter program reports.


A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
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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:
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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.