GHG Report for Coastal Carolina University
Submitted on December 21, 2011; last updated on January 19, 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)||16,303 metric tons of CO2e||1.9 metric tons of CO2e||12.1 metric tons of CO2e||5%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||25,453 metric tons of CO2e||2.9 metric tons of CO2e||18.9 metric tons of CO2e||3%|
|Net emissions||24,580 metric tons of CO2e||2.8 metric tons of CO2e||18.3 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||July 1, 2010|
|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.
Coastal Carolina University included all university-owned, leased or operated buildings in this report.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
Coastal Carolina University followed the recommendation of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) Campus Carbon Calculator's default emissions coefficients.
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||No information provided|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||Sustainability office staff|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
The data collection consisted primarly of individually contacting various departments within the university to obtain data. The departments include: Transportation Services, Accounts Payable, Facilities - Grounds, Facilities - Planning and Management and International Studies. A transportation survey was conducted to provide an estimated mileage for the students, staff and faculty commuting.
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.
Every effort was made to ensure that Coastal Carolina University's Greenhouse Gas Inventory provided the most accurate and up-to-date data with the available resources.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||581.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||20.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||601.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||15,702.0 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||15,702.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||6,411.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||2,739.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||No information provided|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||9,150.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||No information provided|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||No information provided|
|Carbon offsets purchased||No information provided|
|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||1442400 kWh|
|Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs||100.0 %|
|Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs||850.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|REC verification program(s)||Other|
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
Coastal Carolina University purchases 601 200kWh blocks per month from the Santee Cooper Green Power program. The Green Power generating portfolio includes six landfill generating stations, four solar arrays and one wind turbine.
|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||23.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||1,344,638.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of laboratory space||No information provided|
|Net assignable square feet of health care space||No information provided|
|Net assignable square feet of residential space||No information provided|
|Total Student Enrollment (FTE)||8706.0|
|Residential Students||No information provided|
|Full-time Commuter Students||No information provided|
|Part-time Commuter Students||No information provided|
|Non-Credit Students||No information provided|
|Part-time Faculty||No information provided|
|Part-time Staff||No information provided|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Endowment Size||No information provided|
|Heating Degree Days||1890|
|Cooling Degree Days||2779|
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.
Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from Myrtle Beach, S.C. The University offers 55 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree and seven master's degree programs in education, writing, coastal marine and wetland studies, and the MBA. Ten new undergraduate degree programs were recently added, including biochemistry, economics, graphic design, information systems, musical theatre, theatre arts, as well as criminology, health and aging, and social justice tracks in sociology.
|Completed inventory narrative||No information provided|
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