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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 71.76
Liaison Trina Innes
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of Alberta
PAE-5: Climate Action Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michael Versteege
Manager, Energy Management & Sustainable Operations
Facilities & Operations
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Does the institution have a plan to mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief summary of the climate plan’s long-term goals:

As outlined in the University of Alberta Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Plan our institution will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent by 2020 from 2005 baseline emissions levels. To achieve this, we will:

- Implement its 7-year energy management program, Envision.
- Install a new 25 MW natural gas-fired turbine generator at the UAlberta Heating Plant.


A brief summary of the climate plan’s short-term goals:

As outlined in the University of Alberta Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Plan our institution will use the following interim strategies to reach the 2020 target include:

- Capture 75% of organic waste on North Campus and divert it away from landfill to an off-site anaerobic digestion facility at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre
- Complete the final year of the current energy management program
- Complete a suite of renewable and alternative energy projects
- Purchase a portion of electricity requirements that are not already supplied by the Heating Plant from renewable energy providers


Year the climate plan was formally adopted or approved:
2,014

An indication of whether institution has made a commitment to reduce GHG emissions a specific amount by a target year:
Yes

List which emissions (scope 1, 2, and/or 3) are included in its GHG emissions commitment:
Scope 1, 2, and 3

The reduction level (percentage) institution has committed to:
17

The baseline year the institution used in its GHG emissions commitment:
April 1, 2005

The baseline emissions level institution used in its GHG emissions commitment:
213,166 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions

The target year the institution specified in its GHG emissions commitment :
April 1, 2020

The website URL where information about the climate plan is available:

The University of Alberta Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Plan is primarily targeted at North Campus, which produces 94 per cent of the university's GHG emissions.

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.