Reporting System

GHG Report for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Submitted on December 5, 2011; last updated on December 3, 2012

Summary Statistics

Making 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 Data

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
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 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

Building Space
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
Residential Students 1272
Full-time Commuter Students 535
Part-time Commuter Students 429
Non-Credit Students 251
Full-time Faculty 84
Part-time Faculty 79
Full-time Staff 187
Part-time Staff 36
Other Contextual Data
Endowment Size 6291464
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.

Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative No information provided
Completed inventory calculator No information provided

Auditing and Verification

These 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.