GHG Report for Southern Oregon University
Submitted on September 2, 2010; last updated on November 19, 2013
Summary StatisticsMaking fair comparisons between higher education institutions is always challenging due to the rich diversity of higher education. The unverified nature of the information in this database and unavailability of unbiased normalization metrics means such comparisons are even more difficult. Users should therefore approach direct institution to institution comparisons with caution and recognize that all comparisons between institutions are inherently biased.
|Total||Per Full-Time Enrollment||Per 1000 Square Feet||% Offset|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2)||9,966 metric tons of CO2e||2.5 metric tons of CO2e||6.8 metric tons of CO2e||87%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||13,791 metric tons of CO2e||3.5 metric tons of CO2e||9.4 metric tons of CO2e||63%|
|Net emissions||5,080 metric tons of CO2e||1.3 metric tons of CO2e||3.5 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||July 1, 2008|
|Consolidation methodology used to determine organizational boundaries||Financial 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.
The University's Student Housing Division owns 31 houses that are rented to students. Electricity and natural gas consumption data for these houses is included in the GHG Inventory, but the areas of the houses are not included in the gross square feet of building space because that information is not available.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
The ACUPCC recommends use of Clean Air Cool Planet's Campus Carbon Calculator because it was designed specifically for campuses and is the most commonly used tool for campus emissions inventories.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
CA-CP Campus Carbon Calculator's default emissions coefficients
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||Third Assessment Report|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||External consultant|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
Sightlines collaborated with the Facilities Management & Planning and the Campus Planning & Sustainability Departments of Southern Oregon University to collect data for the inventory. The components collected are within the three scope emissions on campus: direct activities on campus, utility production not at the institution, and all other indirect emissions. All these units are expressed in Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (MTCDE) to provide the campus GHG emissions. The inventory is gathered through reports, surveys, and/or third party files and knowledge. The components collected are listed below:
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.
Solid waste generated by the University is not weighed so that data was not available. The estimated emissions from solid waste were calculated using dumpster volume, quantity and pickup frequency data.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||4,162.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||135.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||82.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||4,379.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||5,587.0 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||5,587.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||1,797.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||1,474.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||75.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Transmission & Distribution Losses||479.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||3,825.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||No information provided|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||No information provided|
|Carbon offsets purchased||4,003.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Offset verification program(s)||Gold Standard, Green-e, Voluntary Offset Standard|
Description of offsets purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
Vendor: Bonneville Environmental Foundation
|Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)|
|Total RECs purchased||11490729 kWh|
|Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs||97.0 %|
|Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs||4,708.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|REC verification program(s)||Green-e|
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
Vendor: Bonneville Environmental Foundation
|Sequestration and Carbon Storage|
|Sequestration due to land owned by the institution||No information provided|
Description of how sequestration was calculated
No information provided
|Carbon storage due to composting||No information provided|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||1,470,229.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of laboratory space||11,250.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of health care space||3,827.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of residential space||No information provided|
|Total Student Enrollment (FTE)||3934.0|
|Full-time Commuter Students||2806|
|Part-time Commuter Students||1452|
|Non-Credit Students||No information provided|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Heating Degree Days||4247|
|Cooling Degree Days||1139|
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.
Southern Oregon University purchases RECs to offset 100% of the its electricity consumption, and carbon offsets to offset 100% of the its natural gas consumption on the Ashland Campus. In doing so, SOU has been able to reduce the net greenhouse gas emissions on campus for the years that the offsets were purchased.
|Completed inventory narrative||
Go-Green Measurement & Analysis: Measure, Monitor, Benchmark. Southern Oregon University FY2009
|Completed inventory calculator||Download|
Auditing and VerificationThese emissions data have been audited, verified, or peer-reviewed.
Please briefly describe this verification, if any.
Southern Oregon University's emissions data has been verified by a consulting firm that benchmarks and measures greenhouse gas emissions across the country. Through the measurement and analysis provided by the outside source, SOU's inventory has been reviewed and validated and can be used as a comparative analysis tool with other peer institutions.