GHG Report for University of Cincinnati
Submitted on September 15, 2010; last updated on September 15, 2010
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)||282,897 metric tons of CO2e||11.0 metric tons of CO2e||19.8 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||432,507 metric tons of CO2e||16.9 metric tons of CO2e||30.2 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||432,202 metric tons of CO2e||16.9 metric tons of CO2e||30.2 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||July 1, 2009|
|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.
The University of Cincinnati has two branch campuses:Raymond Walters and Clermont. We plan to submit carbon footprints for each of these branches separately at a future date.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Other|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
Endorsed by ACUPCC and used by most other member institutions. Also used in prior University of Cincinnati assessment, so our results can be compared over time (longitudinally).
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?||Team led by graduate student, comprised of functional experts from relevant university departments.|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
Required inputs were assessed and functional experts for each were defined. (based on which department/function controls operations that generated the emissions). Previous modeling was reviewed for consistency, impact of changes in the university since the previous modeling were assessed, and a new expanded organizational scope was defined. Data was collected by functional experts then transmitted to the graduate student for entry into the model (or in some cases, raw data was compiled to generate model inputs). Some data (particularly paper purchases) was supplied by key vendors. Commute and non-commute travel data was developed from a survey of main campus students, faculty and staff. For some data inputs (particularly offsets from tree planting) literature research was conducted on ways to compute CO2 equivalents, and method chosen based on UC’s specific situation. Final model inputs and preliminary model results were reviewed with functional experts and a steering committee. Throughout the work, principles of the GHG protocol (WRI/WBCSD) were applied. The entire process took roughly 8 months (although compilation of source raw data, such as energy generation and use, occurs continually).
Please describe any emissions sources that were classified as de minimis and explain how a determination of the significance of these emissions was made.
Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.
While commute and non-commute inputs are based on a survey of university personnel, results (particularly for non-commute travel) were extrapolated and converted into specific data points for input to the model.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||193,360.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||904.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||1,188.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||195,452.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||87,445.0 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||87,445.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||51,318.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||97,780.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||512.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||149,610.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||No information provided|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||No information provided|
|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.)
|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.)
|Sequestration and Carbon Storage|
|Sequestration due to land owned by the institution||228.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Description of how sequestration was calculated
Based on http://www.carbonify.com/carbon-calculator.htm; adjusted for average rate of uptake by trees in temperate zone (Cincinnati area) vs. tropical zone (used in calculator). Uptake rates published in Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry, IPCC, 2000 - Robert T. Watson, Ian R. Noble, Bert
|Carbon storage due to composting||77.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||14,322,628.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of laboratory space||997,258.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of health care space||98,167.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of residential space||622,696.0 sq ft|
|Total Student Enrollment (FTE)||25612.0|
|Full-time Commuter Students||19404|
|Part-time Commuter Students||7326|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Endowment Size||No information provided|
|Heating Degree Days||5791|
|Cooling Degree Days||781|
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.
In order to get most accurate accounting of our carbon footprint, The University of Cincinnati added a number of satellite locations to this year’s report that were not included in our previous reports. A total of almost two million GSF was added to this year’s report. Much of the added space is research and instruction laboratory space. Predictably, this had a major impact on our greenhouse gas emissions.
|Completed inventory narrative||No information provided|
|Completed inventory calculator||Download|
Auditing and VerificationThese emissions data have been audited, verified, or peer-reviewed.
Please briefly describe this verification, if any.
Compiled data underwent internal review by functional experts who had not done the raw data compilations. Logic for extrapolations and estimation method choices were reviewed by functional experts and the review committee.