ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for Central Carolina Community College

Submitted on January 15, 2012; last updated on March 13, 2013

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) 5,031 metric tons of CO2e 1.2 metric tons of CO2e 9.3 metric tons of CO2e 0%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 18,893 metric tons of CO2e 4.5 metric tons of CO2e 34.8 metric tons of CO2e 0%
Net emissions 18,893 metric tons of CO2e 4.5 metric tons of CO2e 34.8 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.

CCCC creates an annual energy report required by the State of North Carolina. This report includes energy costs for all buildings owned by the college. The report also includes energy costs for leased buildings when the college is responsible for utility costs. There is one building where the college does not pay the utility costs and that building's energy data is not included in the Carbon Calculator.

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

The Clean Air-Cool Planet Tool was used for ease of access and applicability to classroom applications. Additionally, the ACUPCC instructions for submitting the GHG report reference the Clean Air-Cool Planet workbook creating a well-supported resource.

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?
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.

In 2010 CCCC began offering the Sustainability Technology AAS degree. Concurrently the college signed the ACUPCC agreement and began to undertake the STARS campus sustainability report. These concurrent activities were the beginning stages of the inventory process. Students in the energy analysis class and introduction to sustainability class assessed student commuter miles and began the energy analysis of campus buildings. In 2011, faculty focused on these elements of the inventory, further defining boundaries and assessment tools. We were able to access data from 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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.

The FTE represents the academic year following a Fall, Spring and Summer calendar of 8/18/10 to 8/01/11. The energy data follows our accounting fiscal year from July1 to June 30th.
The faculty and staff data input into the calculator are each an annual May snapshot.
For commuting data, it is challenging to estimate the # of miles and trips of the part time faculty (adjuncts) and staff. Many adjuncts serve solely as on-line, distance education instructors. Part time faculty and staff were not included in our calculations. In 2011 a faculty and staff survey showed 36 miles average round trip miles daily. We used this data to extrapolate the adjunct and part time commuting data. Full time faculty and staff were combined under full time faculty.

A 2010 student commuter analysis resulted in an average curriculum student commuting miles of 26 miles per day. That number was used to deduce each year reported.
Part-time continuing education students were not included in student population, FTE or commuter fields. These students attend school at such variable rates, a statistically significant commuting sample would be very difficult to assess.


Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 818.0 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 70.0 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 888.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 4,143.0 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 4,143.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 13,862.0 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste No information provided
Total Scope 3 emissions 13,862.0 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 None kWh
Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs None %
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 No information provided
Description of how sequestration was calculated

No information provided

Carbon storage due to composting No information provided

Normalization and Contextual Data

Building Space
Gross square feet of building space 542,249.0 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
Population
Total Student Enrollment (FTE) 4201.0
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
Full-time Faculty No information provided
Part-time Faculty No information provided
Full-time Staff No information provided
Part-time Staff No information provided
Other Contextual Data
Endowment Size No information provided
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.

While campus square footage increased by adding two new campus buildings, FTE was reduced likely due to the economic downturn.

Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative No information provided
Completed inventory calculator Download

Auditing and Verification

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