Reporting System

GHG Report for Chatham University

Submitted on January 15, 2013; last updated on January 16, 2013

Summary Statistics

Making 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) 9,904 metric tons of CO2e 6.7 metric tons of CO2e 10.1 metric tons of CO2e 70%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 11,931 metric tons of CO2e 8.1 metric tons of CO2e 12.1 metric tons of CO2e 58%
Net emissions 5,006 metric tons of CO2e 3.4 metric tons of CO2e 5.1 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.

All buildings under our operational control are included.

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

continuity with past years.

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

as per CA-CP

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

Documentation from billing or internal records (in the case of commuting data)

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 do not have public transit data available to us at this time.

Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 3,950.0 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 215.0 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 684.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 4,849.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 5,055.0 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 5,055.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 1,238.0 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 845.0 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste -56.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 2,027.0 metric tons of CO2e
Biogenic Emissions
Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion 7.0 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 12000000 kWh
Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs 100.0 %
Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs 6,628.0 metric tons of CO2e
REC verification program(s) Green-e
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

Renewable Choice brand
Green-e certified Clean Source

Sequestration and Carbon Storage
Sequestration due to land owned by the institution 270.0 metric tons of CO2e
Description of how sequestration was calculated

Calculated using US EPA and Forest Service conservative estimates of 1 MT CO2 per 1 acre of forest cover, with canopy cover calculated via GIS. Our forest is mature Eastern pine and hardwood mixed, with ash, sycamore, beech, etc.

Carbon storage due to composting 27.0 metric tons of CO2e

Normalization and Contextual Data

Building Space
Gross square feet of building space 984,000.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of laboratory space 60,000.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of health care space 0.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of residential space 350,000.0 sq ft
Total Student Enrollment (FTE) 1479.0
Residential Students 475
Full-time Commuter Students 1004
Part-time Commuter Students No information provided
Non-Credit Students 348
Full-time Faculty 319
Part-time Faculty No information provided
Full-time Staff 217
Part-time Staff No information provided
Other Contextual Data
Endowment Size 61000000
Heating Degree Days 5544
Cooling Degree Days 1015
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.

Heating and cooling degree days updated based on 5-year average from closest weather station.

Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative Climate Audit 2011 - Calculator journal
Completed inventory calculator Download

Auditing and Verification

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

Verified through billing data. Edited 1/16/13 to reflect revised solid waste data from our hauler.