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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 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.07 / 10.00 Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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 Yes
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes
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:

The Clean Air Cool Planet calculator was used to determine GHG emissions for UNCG. In FY2008-09, version 6.4 was used, while version 6.6 was used for FY2009-10 - 11-12. In 2012-13, version 6.85 was employed and has been used since; all earlier inventories were recalculated with this tool to ensure consistency and accuracy in reporting.


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:

The audit is reviewed for completeness and accuracy by the AVC for Facilities, who is not directly involved in acquiring data for or reporting the inventory. However, in the spirit of full disclosure: the AVC for Facilities does directly supervise the Sustainability Coordinator, who leads the annual GHG inventory effort.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 19,657.07 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 17,771.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 1,614.99 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 883.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 36,152.27 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 36,644.60 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:
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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 4,616 4,261
Number of residential employees 14 12
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 16,351.70 15,206
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,557.10 2,595.60
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 1,401 704

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2008 June 30, 2009

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

The first complete (Scopes 1-3) inventory of UNCG GHG emissions was conducted for the 2008-09 fiscal year and is therefore the earliest year for a baseline measurement that is available.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
6,053,737 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 78,956 Square Feet
Healthcare space 47,184 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 192,077 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 3,308.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 13,109 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 210.40 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 3,575.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 1,089.90 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":

None.


A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
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The website URL where the GHG emissions inventory is posted:
http://facsustainability.uncg.edu/ghg-emissions/
+ Date Revised: April 1, 2015

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:
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2008-09 for baseline year, 2013-14 for performance year. Demographic data from IRE website and from Mark Davenport, Office of Institutional Research. GHG data from Trey McDonald, Sustainability Coordinator. Baseline GHG measurement has changed slightly due to utilizing an updated version of CACP Calculator (v. 6.85).

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.