ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for Alfred State College SUNY College of Technology

Submitted on May 15, 2011; last updated on September 15, 2011

Summary Statistics

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Total Per Full-Time Enrollment Per 1000 Square Feet % Offset
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2) 15,850 metric tons of CO2e 4.5 metric tons of CO2e 9.7 metric tons of CO2e 4%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 21,946 metric tons of CO2e 6.2 metric tons of CO2e 13.4 metric tons of CO2e 3%
Net emissions 21,385 metric tons of CO2e 6.0 metric tons of CO2e 13.1 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.

None are omitted.

Emissions calculation tool used Clean Air-Cool Planet
Please describe why this tool was selected.

Comparability with other institutions and ease of use.

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

Clean Air Cool Planet, EPA, and others referenced in the attached Inventory Management Plan.

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.

Utility records were retrieved from financial data. See the attached Inventory Management Plan for more details.

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

Fuel oil and generator fuel—only used for emergency backup—no incidents recorded in the period reported. Propane—for barbeque grills outside of dining services / curricular activities. Veterinary Technology animals (e.g. dogs and cats)—population is transient. If the animals were off campus and the students needed to drive to practice, then the animal emissions would be the same, and the total GHG emissions would be greater. Students commuting between the two campuses were not included. ASC has a small study-abroad program that is partially covered under Scope 3. The omitted portion is estimated to be less than 1% of the total GHG inventory. Welding and chemistry lab emissions also were not included and are also estimated to be less than 1% of the total GHG inventory.

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

See the attached Inventory Management Plan for details.

Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 7,002.7 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 570.4 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 403.2 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 171.6 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 8,147.9 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 7,702.4 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 7,702.4 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 5,088.0 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 57.9 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste 826.4 metric tons of CO2e
Paper Purchasing 54.7 metric tons of CO2e
Other Reimbursed Travel 68.2 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 6,095.2 metric tons of CO2e
Biogenic Emissions
Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion 0.0 metric tons of CO2e

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 559.0 metric tons of CO2e
Description of how sequestration was calculated

See the attached Inventory Management Plan for details.

Carbon storage due to composting 1.9 metric tons of CO2e

Normalization and Contextual Data

Building Space
Gross square feet of building space 1,634,712.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of laboratory space 195,800.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of health care space 5,427.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of residential space 413,823.0 sq ft
Population
Total Student Enrollment (FTE) 3539.0
Residential Students 2377
Full-time Commuter Students 808
Part-time Commuter Students 354
Non-Credit Students No information provided
Full-time Faculty 159
Part-time Faculty 49
Full-time Staff 349
Part-time Staff 22
Other Contextual Data
Endowment Size 3654110
Heating Degree Days 6105
Cooling Degree Days 586
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.

See Inventory Management Plan.

Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative Download
Completed inventory calculator Download

Auditing and Verification

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