ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for University of Maine at Machias

Submitted on November 10, 2009; last updated on November 10, 2009

Summary Statistics

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Total Per Full-Time Enrollment Per 1000 Square Feet % Offset
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2) 3,511 metric tons of CO2e 6.1 metric tons of CO2e 13.3 metric tons of CO2e 0%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 4,328 metric tons of CO2e 7.5 metric tons of CO2e 16.4 metric tons of CO2e 0%
Net emissions 4,328 metric tons of CO2e 7.5 metric tons of CO2e 16.4 metric tons of CO2e N/A

Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries

Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report July 1, 2007
Consolidation methodology used to determine organizational boundaries Operational control approach
If any institution-owned, leased, or operated buildings or other holdings that should fall within the organizational boundaries are omitted, briefly explain why.

none

Emissions calculation tool used Custom tool
Please describe why this tool was selected.

We created our own tool that was more basic than the Clean-Air Cool Planet because of the limited sources of GHG emissions on our small campus. The students who were participating in the project were also better able to develop our own than implement the CACP model at this time.

Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.

Electricity coefficients were from electricity supplier, fuel mileage for commuting was based on survey responses. All other data was collected as gallons of heating oil, gallons of propane, gallons of gas. Conversions used were 22.4 lbs CO2/gal heating oil, 12.7 lbs CO2/gal propane, 20 lbs CO2/gal gasoline

Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use? Fourth Assessment Report
Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory? Class
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.

Students acquired database of electricity, heating oil, and propane monthly purchases reporting gallons of propane or heating oil and kWh of electricity. This data was broken down by building. The students went through motor pool receipts to determine total gallons of gasoline purchased for the entire university fleet. The faculty in charge went through the database of reimbursement receipts for all faculty/staff travel where they used their own vehicles and requested reimbursement. Students developed and disseminated surveys to ascertain commuting information-mpg of vehicles, miles for round trip, how many trips to campus were made weekly.

Please describe any emissions sources that were classified as de minimis and explain how a determination of the significance of these emissions was made.

No information provided

Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.

The major limitation was on the reimbursed receipts did not break out reimbursements for tolls, and potentially some meals, therefore this reported quantity of emissions is higher than actual. We did not make any corrections for this year. There was also no record of air travel broken out. However, this would be very minimal as almost all institution travel is by vehicle.

Emissions Data

Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 1,578.0 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 1,217.0 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 2,795.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 716.0 metric tons of CO2e
Purchased Heating 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Purchased Cooling 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Purchased Steam 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 2 emissions 716.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 823.0 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste -6.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 817.0 metric tons of CO2e
Biogenic Emissions
Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion No information provided
Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion No information provided

Mitigation Data

Carbon Offsets
Carbon offsets purchased 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Offset verification program(s) No information provided
Description of offsets purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

No information provided

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
Total RECs purchased 0 kWh
Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs 0.0 %
Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
REC verification program(s) No information provided
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

No information provided

Sequestration and Carbon Storage
Sequestration due to land owned by the institution 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Description of how sequestration was calculated

No information provided

Carbon storage due to composting 0.0 metric tons of CO2e

Normalization and Contextual Data

Building Space
Gross square feet of building space 263,659.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of laboratory space 16,457.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of health care space 400.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of residential space 49,182.0 sq ft
Population
Total Student Enrollment (FTE) 575.0
Residential Students 243
Full-time Commuter Students 203
Part-time Commuter Students 263
Non-Credit Students No information provided
Full-time Faculty 33
Part-time Faculty 44
Full-time Staff 70
Part-time Staff 7
Other Contextual Data
Endowment Size 1613977
Heating Degree Days 8017
Cooling Degree Days 245
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.

No information provided

Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative No information provided
Completed inventory calculator Download

Auditing and Verification

These emissions data have not been audited, verified, or peer-reviewed.