GHG Report for Saint John's University
Submitted on January 15, 2012; last updated on January 17, 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)||21,564 metric tons of CO2e||11.0 metric tons of CO2e||15.4 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||27,883 metric tons of CO2e||14.3 metric tons of CO2e||20.0 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||27,883 metric tons of CO2e||14.3 metric tons of CO2e||20.0 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||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.
We also were unable to include information related to joint university/monastery buildings such as energy needed for operations related to the Fire Hall and the Physical Plant.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
We are familiar with this calculator and believe it to be the best suited to our needs.
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?||Sustainability office staff|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
Sustainability Fellow Nick Moe and Asst. Director of Student Activities Theo Eggermont were responsible for data collection. Theo Eggermont served as the project coordinator and data analyst.
Please describe any emissions sources that were classified as de minimis and explain how a determination of the significance of these emissions was made.
Minimized figure include waste, due to its indeterminable final location (split between two places based on availability), and refrigerants due to the lack of options in the calculator.
Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.
Due to the fact that the university shares heat and power sources with other enterprises on campus such as the Abbey, Hill Manuscript and Museum Library, Liturgical Press and Prep School,the wastewater treatment is split as it is inseparable data, hence it was calculated by attributed by percentage of square footage.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||15,092.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||320.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||70.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||15,482.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||6,082.3 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||6,082.3 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||3,059.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||3,147.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||113.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||6,319.0 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||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
|Gross square feet of building space||1,397,652.0 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)||1954.5|
|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|
|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.
We switched from coal to natural gas this year.
|Completed inventory narrative||
SJU GHG Narrative 2011
|Completed inventory calculator||Download|