ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for Dickinson College

Submitted on January 23, 2012; last updated on December 11, 2012

Summary Statistics

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Total Per Full-Time Enrollment Per 1000 Square Feet % Offset
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2) 12,396 metric tons of CO2e 5.2 metric tons of CO2e 6.6 metric tons of CO2e 86%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 18,748 metric tons of CO2e 7.8 metric tons of CO2e 10.0 metric tons of CO2e 57%
Net emissions 8,085 metric tons of CO2e 3.4 metric tons of CO2e 4.3 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.

We lease buildings within institutions overseas. They are owned and operated by the institution hosting our students for semester-broad experiences. We feel these buildings are not within our operational control approach. If we were to submit our information based on a financial control approach, we may then include these infrastructures in the future.

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

Precedent and easily navigable.

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

We used the Clean Air-Cool Planet coefficients within the calculator.

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 Center for Sustainability Education was responsible for collecting, inputting, and analyzing the data provided by a number of departments throughout our institution.

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.

Please see emissions inventory update report attached to this page for this specific information.

Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 1,379.6 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 192.9 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 154.9 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 1,727.4 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 10,668.2 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 10,668.2 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 1,873.3 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 3,310.5 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste 99.2 metric tons of CO2e
Wastewater 14.7 metric tons of CO2e
T&D Losses 1,055.1 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 6,352.8 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 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 18000000 kWh
Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs 100.0 %
Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs 10,608.9 metric tons of CO2e
REC verification program(s) Green-e
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

Vendor: WindCurrent

Please see GHG emissions report for more information.

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 54.2 metric tons of CO2e

Normalization and Contextual Data

Building Space
Gross square feet of building space 1,878,668.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of laboratory space 607,405.0 sq ft
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) 2393.5
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 213
Part-time Faculty 60
Full-time Staff 564
Part-time Staff 83
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.

No information provided

Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative Dickinson College Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory 2011
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Completed inventory calculator Download

Auditing and Verification

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