GHG Verification (3.0)

This is an optional Innovation & Leadership (IL) credit. IL credits recognize institutions that are seeking innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and demonstrating sustainability leadership in ways that are not otherwise captured in STARS. Scoring in the Innovation and Leadership section is capped at 10 bonus points total.

Credit Language

IL 31: GHG Verification – version 3.0

Questions & Answers

How has this credit changed between STARS Version 2 and Version 3?

Third party verification of an institution’s GHG emissions inventory/ies was previously a criterion under a standard Version 2.2 credit. A comprehensive list of differences can be found in the STARS 3.0 Summary of changes.

Resources, Templates & Tools

Suggestions for Institutions

  • Work with your institution’s energy management team(s) and similar to determine whether an energy system certification has been achieved, and/or to consider pursuing such certifications.

Potential Data Quality Issues

  • Documentation must be provided that the GHG inventory has been verified by a nationally or internationally accredited GHG inventory verification service (e.g., The Climate Registry), by Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP) staff, or by an equivalent independent external entity within the previous three years.

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