ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for Saint John's University

Submitted on January 15, 2012; last updated on January 17, 2012

Summary Statistics

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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.
Data pertaining to transportation proved most difficult and estimates were needed for student/faculty flying and commuting. Fertilizer estimates were given in a lump sum amount and estimated for past use needed to be apportioned.

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 Data

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
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 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
Population
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
Full-time Faculty 146
Part-time Faculty 73
Full-time Staff 318
Part-time Staff 89
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.

Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative SJU GHG Narrative 2011
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Completed inventory calculator Download

Auditing and Verification

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