ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for California State University-Long Beach

Submitted on January 15, 2013; last updated on January 15, 2013

Summary Statistics

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Total Per Full-Time Enrollment Per 1000 Square Feet % Offset
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2) 21,137 metric tons of CO2e 0.7 metric tons of CO2e 3.8 metric tons of CO2e 0%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 29,516 metric tons of CO2e 1.0 metric tons of CO2e 5.3 metric tons of CO2e 0%
Net emissions 29,516 metric tons of CO2e 1.0 metric tons of CO2e 5.3 metric tons of CO2e N/A

Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries

Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report July 1, 2009
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.

N/A

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

CSULB used The Clean Air Cool Planet calculator Version 6.75 to calculate its GHG inventory because it was the recommended tool by the ACUPCC and it was the tool of choice by majority of signatory campus.

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

CSULB utilized Clean Air Cool Planet 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? Student volunteers under the supervision of Sustainability Manager
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.

CSULB's GHG inventory process began in the fall of 2010 and continued into 2011 with a group of 7 student volunteers from the Conservation Biology (BIO 459/559) class. The student volunteers were part of a service learning class in which their volunteer work counted towards service learning hours. The inventory work primary involved identifying sources of data, gathering the data and compiling it for entry into the CA/CP GHG calculator. Working with the Energy and Sustainability Manager from the office of Physical Planning and Facilities Management, the volunteers were assigned and instructed to gather the raw data for GHG sources from all areas of CSULB operations including auxiliary operations. In the Fall of 2012 and with assistance from a student volunteer from Engineering 302I class, all previous data gathered to date was compiled, formatted, and verified for accuracy for final entry into the Clean Air Cool Planet GHG calculator.

Please describe any emissions sources that were classified as de minimis and explain how a determination of the significance of these emissions was made.

N/A

Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.

CSULB's initial GHG inventory includes all Scope 1, 2 and Scope 3 emission sources from faculty/staff commuting and solid land fill waste. Due to the lack of student commuting data for a comprehensive GHG inventory, GHG from student commuting has been intentionally excluded in this report. CSULB is in the process of developing and implementing a comprehensive transportation survey as part of the campus Transportation Demand Management Plan. The survey is expected to be conducted in the spring of 2013. Upon establishing acceptable results from the student transportation survey, CSULB intends to update its 2010 GHG inventory to include student commuting data and include student commuting data in all future GHG emissions inventory reports.

Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 6,049.0 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 386.0 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 1,359.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 7,794.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 13,343.0 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 13,343.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 5,629.0 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 1,273.0 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste 1,477.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 8,379.0 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 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 5,522,402.0 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) 28880.0
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.

This GHG emissions inventory report is CSULB's initial attempt to quantify global warming emissions sources from its operations based on best available data. The objective and goal of the initiative was to deliver a comprehensive emissions inventory for the purpose of a. meeting the reporting requirements of the ACUPCC and b. establishing an emission baseline to which we can compare future emission reduction efforts and track our progress over time towards our goal of climate neutrality. The secondary goal was to learn from this initial effort so we can continue to improve the efficiency of the data gathering as well as accuracy of the data in future reports. A significant footnote to the 2010 report is the absence of emissions data from student commuting. CSULB acknowledges that this missing piece of information is significant and must be addressed in future reports. A transportation demand management plan and study currently underway will directly address this shortfall starting with the development of an all-inclusive transportation survey for faculty, staff and students. The survey will be conducted over the spring of 2013 and results from this annual survey will provide the needed data for a comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory.

Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative Download
Completed inventory calculator Download

Auditing and Verification

These emissions data have been audited, verified, or peer-reviewed.
Please briefly describe this verification, if any.

Data for the 2010 GHG Emissions Inventory report has been internally verified for quality and accuracy based on best available data by Paul Wingco, Energy and Sustainability Manager (562) 985 8167.