GHG Report for University of Colorado at Boulder
Submitted on January 15, 2013; last updated on January 15, 2013
Summary StatisticsMaking fair comparisons between higher education institutions is always challenging due to the rich diversity of higher education. The unverified nature of the information in this database and unavailability of unbiased normalization metrics means such comparisons are even more difficult. Users should therefore approach direct institution to institution comparisons with caution and recognize that all comparisons between institutions are inherently biased.
|Total||Per Full-Time Enrollment||Per 1000 Square Feet||% Offset|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2)||149,050 metric tons of CO2e||4.6 metric tons of CO2e||13.9 metric tons of CO2e||8%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||192,328 metric tons of CO2e||5.9 metric tons of CO2e||17.9 metric tons of CO2e||6%|
|Net emissions||180,328 metric tons of CO2e||5.5 metric tons of CO2e||16.8 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||January 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.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Custom tool|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
No information provided
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||Third Assessment Report|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||Staff from engineering, sustainability, purchasing, the Environmental Center, and transportation.|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
Collection of data from Engineering, the power house, transportation surveys, purchasing, and offset purchases was reviewed by all involved, analyzed, tweaked, and approved.
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 were estimated at less than 1%. CH4 and N2O from natural gas and electricity production were estimated at less that 1% data are still reported but clearly insignificant.
Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.
No information provided
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||48,437.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||1,392.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||49,829.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||99,221.0 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||99,221.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||10,254.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||32,176.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||848.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||43,278.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||No information provided|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||No information provided|
|Carbon offsets purchased||8,000.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Offset verification program(s)||Gold Standard|
Description of offsets purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
Native Energy, Inc. Landfill methan to brick kiln project on Oklahoma.
|Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)|
|Total RECs purchased||None kWh|
|Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs||1.08 %|
|Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs||4,000.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|REC verification program(s)||Green-e|
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
Community Energy, Inc. RECs
|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
|Gross square feet of building space||10,722,555.0 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)||32558.0|
|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.
Notice: Material change from previous report
|Completed inventory narrative||No information provided|
|Completed inventory calculator||No information provided|