ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for Portland State University

Submitted on January 14, 2013; last updated on December 5, 2013

Summary Statistics

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Total Per Full-Time Enrollment Per 1000 Square Feet % Offset
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2) 27,017 metric tons of CO2e 1.2 metric tons of CO2e 5.1 metric tons of CO2e 12%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 47,342 metric tons of CO2e 2.0 metric tons of CO2e 9.0 metric tons of CO2e 7%
Net emissions 43,972 metric tons of CO2e 1.9 metric tons of CO2e 8.4 metric tons of CO2e N/A

Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries

Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report July 1, 2011
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.

Space PSU is leasing from others is omitted.

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

Most widely used by colleges and universities.

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.

Campus Sustainability Office(CSO) staff contacted various campus departments for reports of the required data during FY12. In some cases, CSO staff contacted vendors directly (travel agencies, bus companies, office supply vendors). In other cases, conversions needed to be made by CSO staff in order to acquire data points that are not tracked by the University. The data gathering process began in summer 2012, and concluded at the end of 2012 just before submission of this assessment.

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.

We have some data limitations for scope 3 emissions sources such as travel. Air travel purchases are made through travel agencies as well as personal reimbursements. At this time, PSU does not have a reliable way to estimate the total # air miles traveled and reported through personal reimbursements. Therefore, air miles tracked by the three main contracted travel agencies were counted, but not miles through personal reimbursement.Faculty/staff/student air travel is not tracked separately, therefore one total number for air miles through travel agencies is reported for campus. Additionally, train, bus, shuttle, and taxi miles are not reported, again due to our inability to track mileage through personal reimbursement forms.

Bus travel miles for sporting events were also not reported due to lack of tracking by vendors.

Anaerobic digestion at water treatment facility, as well as CH4 recovery and electricity generation at the landfill are happening, at least for a *portion of water and waste treated. PSU has no way of knowing what portion of our total waste water or lanfilled waste falls into these categories, versus others such as anaerobic treatment or CH4 flaring. Total waste water was allocated to anaerobic digestion and half of total waste allocated to CH4 recovery and electricity generation, with the other half allocated to CH4 collection & flaring.

Purchased paper emissions represents data from the four main paper vendors supplying the University.

Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 6,900.0 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 240.2 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 510.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 7,650.2 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 19,367.0 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 19,367.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 10,468.0 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 9,243.0 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste 273.9 metric tons of CO2e
Purchased Paper 290.4 metric tons of CO2e
Waste Water 49.9 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 20,325.2 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 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 9003249 kWh
Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs 17.4 %
Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs 3,370.0 metric tons of CO2e
REC verification program(s) Green-e
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

RECS were purchased from Sempra Energy Solutions and then attributed to two LEED building projects (Lincoln Hall and Science Research & Teaching Center) during FY12.

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 5,250,047.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of laboratory space 269,015.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of health care space 4,771.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of residential space 537,602.0 sq ft
Total Student Enrollment (FTE) 23139.0
Residential Students 1900
Full-time Commuter Students 15704
Part-time Commuter Students 11354
Non-Credit Students No information provided
Full-time Faculty 1002
Part-time Faculty 717
Full-time Staff 1481
Part-time Staff 863
Other Contextual Data
Endowment Size 38500000
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 No information provided
Completed inventory calculator No information provided

Auditing and Verification

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