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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 45.73
Liaison Jill Pelkey
Submission Date Aug. 23, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of New Brunswick
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.05 / 10.00 Mike Hardy
Sustainability Officer
Facilities Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 None
Commuting None
Purchased goods and services None
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations None
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 None
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:

Methodology used was in accordance with Federal Guidelines. The Federal SWIM online tool was used to submit. Scope 3 was not reported.


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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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 10,154 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 17,691 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 146 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 129 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 20,647 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 21,783 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 30,947 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 39,603 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 May 1, 2015 April 30, 2016
Baseline Year May 1, 2007 April 30, 2010

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 variables when choosing the best representative Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) baseline are contingent on several factors. One main consideration is the timing of the energy management program (EMP). In 1996/1997, the EMP was formalized with a $3.4 million investment in energy-saving projects. Thirteen years later, in 2009, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) took an aggressive Total Building approach and committed $7 million to significantly improve efficiencies and reduce the carbon footprint. The most active phase of program, formulated in 2012, further underscores the UNB’s commitment to energy efficiency and climate change. A commitment of $4 million in areas of smart metering, energy information systems, energy recovery and technological enhancements.
Given the energy program timeline, data acquisition, and a well representative weather pattern, the baseline selected for UNBF is an average of the following fiscal years: 2007/2008, 2008/2009 and 2009/2010. To summarize, the three-year CCAP baseline average considers the following reasoning:
·         A recent baseline that has quality data reference.
·         Three-year average reflects our winter temperature averages well at a mean 4432 HDD. Which is a 0.7% percent difference average compared to our three most recent winters.
·         A baseline that takes into account the University’s most recent commitment to climate change and energy efficiency.


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 30,947 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 39,603 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,290.50 1,320
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 256.17 364.78
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 6,748.83 7,230.13
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1,725.21 1,848.56
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,687 791.33
Weighted campus users 5,669.08 6,910.30

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 5.46 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 5.73 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline (0-100):
4.75

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
2,622,632 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 121,606 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 20,313 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
2,886,157 Gross Square Feet

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel ---
Commuting ---
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 ---
Waste generated in operations ---
Other categories ---

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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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.