Reporting System

GHG Report for Bard College

Submitted on January 14, 2013; last updated on January 13, 2014

Summary Statistics

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Total Per Full-Time Enrollment Per 1000 Square Feet % Offset
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2) 8,583 metric tons of CO2e 4.3 metric tons of CO2e 7.4 metric tons of CO2e 5%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 12,971 metric tons of CO2e 6.5 metric tons of CO2e 11.1 metric tons of CO2e 4%
Net emissions 12,517 metric tons of CO2e 6.3 metric tons of CO2e 10.7 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 Financial 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.

Bard College does not report for the Simon's Rock Early College in Massachusetts.

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

ease of use and consistency from year to year (after we lost a paid consultant who used a proprietary one)

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

NY region of CACP software

Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use? Second Assessment Report
Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory? Sustainability office staff
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.

Utility bill review (electric) and requests for data from our fuel oil provider, Royal Carting logs for solid waste & C&D, AmEx bill by bill review for air travel and request from travel agent, relied on self reported air travel that is off the college credit card, compost #s extrapolated from Recyclemania,

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

refrigerants - based on initial survey determination by paid consultant in 2009

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

commuting was based on habits collected from survey data two years ago. We will resurvey when we are able.

Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 3,553.0 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 532.0 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 4,085.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 4,498.0 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 4,498.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 1,454.0 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 2,731.0 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste 203.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 4,388.0 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 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 2000000 kWh
Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs 10.0 %
Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs 454.0 metric tons of CO2e
REC verification program(s) Green-e
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

company: Renewable Choice Energy

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 1,167,090.0 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) 1992.0
Residential Students 1428
Full-time Commuter Students 564
Part-time Commuter Students 67
Non-Credit Students No information provided
Full-time Faculty 192
Part-time Faculty 83
Full-time Staff 460
Part-time Staff 63
Other Contextual Data
Endowment Size No information provided
Heating Degree Days 4996
Cooling Degree Days 1056
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 Download

Auditing and Verification

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