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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 70.27
Liaison Leanne Shewchuk
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Manitoba
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.71 / 10.00 Leanne Shewchuk
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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 Some
Capital goods Some
Waste generated in operations Some
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Some
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 GHG emissions inventory report was created as part of a third party contract. The report was created to establish a baseline and build a reporting mechanism for the University. Data for the tool's use has been provided by a variety of entities on campus including purchasing and physical plant.


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:

Upon completion of the tool, the Office of Sustainability Staff thoroughly reviewed data entered, the calculations, and the output figures to ensure its validity. The emission factors and global warming potentials used were found and verified in Canada's National Inventory Report.


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 26,804 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 28,136 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 1,803 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 1,557 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 436 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2,149 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 6,261 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6,600 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 35,304 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 38,442 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 April 1, 2016 March 31, 2017
Baseline Year April 1, 1990 March 31, 1991

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):

The baseline year, 1990/1991, was adopted because the University began, at that time, its energy and water saving measures.


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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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):
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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 35,304 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 38,442 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,350 970
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 29,663 17,803
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 4,810.20 3,456
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,485.50 266
Weighted campus users 25,078.28 15,987.25

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 1.41 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 2.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
41.45

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
6,400,712 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 456,137 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,368 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 165,196 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
7,480,918 Gross Square Feet

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 4,632 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 12,777 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 124 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 4 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 1,293 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:

The emission factor for electricity in Manitoba (2016/17) was 0.003943 tCO2e/MWh. Nearly 100% of electricity in Manitoba is produced via hydro dams (renewable) resulting in very few emissions. In 1990/91 the emission factor was 0.029346 tCO2e/MWh because there were fewer hydro dams with smaller power capacities supplemented with a subbituminous coal and natural gas fired power plant. Today’s factor is 87% smaller than the factor in 1990/91 because the power plant was retired to emergency use only as of January 2010 as regulated in The Climate Change and Emissions Reductions Act section 16, and has not been used since. The STARS submission records a 79.7% GHG reduction for our electricity emissions, this is similar to the factor reductions for the province, and is the reason for the large change. Our reported numbers are roughly 33% higher than they should be according to more recent data reported by Manitoba Hydro.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.