GHG Report for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Submitted on December 5, 2011; last updated on December 3, 2012
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)||5,520 metric tons of CO2e||3.1 metric tons of CO2e||8.2 metric tons of CO2e||13%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||7,019 metric tons of CO2e||3.9 metric tons of CO2e||10.5 metric tons of CO2e||10%|
|Net emissions||6,329 metric tons of CO2e||3.5 metric tons of CO2e||9.5 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||January 1, 2009|
|Consolidation methodology used to determine organizational boundaries||Equity share 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 were omitted
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
Clean Air-Cool Planet continues to be an appropriate tool for our campus.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
Clean Air-Cool Planet 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?||Sustainability office staff|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
For this second inventory, administration and finance, sustainability, facilities staff, and a student intern updated the data.
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.
No information provided
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||2,660.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||102.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||2,762.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||2,758.0 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||2,758.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||1,261.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||265.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||-27.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||1,499.0 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.)
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||No information provided|
|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||690.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Description of how sequestration was calculated
This sequestration figure is again based on the default values from the CA-CP carbon calculator from the 58-acre MCLA forest.
|Carbon storage due to composting||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||669,593.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of laboratory space||0.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of health care space||0.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of residential space||252,413.0 sq ft|
|Total Student Enrollment (FTE)||1788.0|
|Full-time Commuter Students||535|
|Part-time Commuter Students||429|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Heating Degree Days||No information provided|
|Cooling Degree Days||No information provided|
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.
We have combined full and part-time staff and faculty for purposes of calculating emissions.
|Completed inventory narrative||No information provided|
|Completed inventory calculator||No information provided|
Auditing and VerificationThese emissions data have been audited, verified, or peer-reviewed.
Please briefly describe this verification, if any.
The data for thie 2009 greenhouse gas report were verified by facilities managers, the Vice President of Administration & Finance, and the institutional research office.