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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 45.51
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Nov. 6, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Waterloo
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 Chris Ford
Energy Manager
Plant Operations
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
1,084,963 MMBtu

Total clean and renewable electricity generated on site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable electricity generating devices :

Waterloo’s Environment 3 building has a 67,000 kWh/year rooftop photovoltaic system installed, however the system was offline during 2017.


Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site, performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:
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Total clean and renewable electricity generated by off-site projects that the institution catalyzed and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes, performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:
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Total third-party certified RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a utility-provided certified green power option) purchased during the performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of the RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products, including contract timeframes:
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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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Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass 1
Coal ---
Geothermal ---
Hydro 26
Natural gas 4
Nuclear 63
Solar photovoltaic 1
Wind 6
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:
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Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Electricity 3
Fuel oil ---
Geothermal ---
Natural gas 97
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:
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Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
0

Data for energy source of electricity is taken from the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) from the most recent report for the Province of Ontario for 2017: http://www.ieso.ca/power-data/supply-overview/transmission-connected-generation. These numbers reflect transmission connected generation within the province and do not account for embedded/distribution-connected energy managed by local distribution companies.
Energy used for heating buildings is an estimate. Some thermal load is provided by electrical equipment (Lights, servers, computers), but the majority is from natural gas. There are some electric heaters in air handling units across campus, in addition to private/individual space heaters. Therese are not metered and so there is no specific data on heating provided by these, but the vast majority is from natural gas.

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.