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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.64 / 10.00 David Ogrodnik
Project Engineer -- Enviromental
Campus Engineering
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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 No
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:

The UW uses a custom GHG emission estimating tool that follows the GHG Protocol, Revised Edition, released March 2004. The GHG Protocol was developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute.


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:

N/A


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 81,991 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 85,499 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 10,507 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 15,577 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 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 664 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:

N/A


A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:

N/A


A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:

UW Facilities Services began a small, on-site composting facility in 2012.


A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:

N/A


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 7,542 4,894
Number of residential employees 15 10
Number of in-patient hospital beds 422 380
Full-time equivalent enrollment 46,109 32,403
Full-time equivalent of employees 26,867 23,215
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 1,195 269

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 2005

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

The 2005 baseline calendar year was adopted at the time the original emissions inventory was conducted in 2007. Adoption of the 2005 baseline calendar year is also consistent with Washington State RCW 70.235.050 and RCW 70.235.060 which set GHG reduction goals relative to 2005 calendar year emission levels.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
17,290,716 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 1,945,921 Square Feet
Healthcare space 452,406 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 268,415 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 14,715 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 44,680 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":

Scope 3 emissions originate from sources not classifiable as either Scope 1 or Scope 2.
The University includes student, faculty and staff commuting; professional travel; and off-campus medical facilities among its Scope 3 sources.


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:

The UW has developed and implemented numerous steam energy-saving projects to reduce Power Plant natural gas and fuel oil consumption and associated carbon emissions. The UW intends on reducing carbon emissions to 15% below the 2005 baseline year by implementing additional projects.


Reported 2014 GHG emission are associated with the contiguous UW Seattle Campus, only. Prior to calendar year 2013, GHG emission estimates included the UW Bothell Campus, the UW Tacoma Campus, off-campus medical centers, Metropolitan Tract properties, and "outlying" facilities. Note: Purchased UW Seattle Campus electricity is considered 100% carbon neutral. Therefore, no Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity has been reported.

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.