ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for Bucknell University

Submitted on September 10, 2013; last updated on September 10, 2013

Summary Statistics

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Total Per Full-Time Enrollment Per 1000 Square Feet % Offset
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2) 33,711 metric tons of CO2e 9.6 metric tons of CO2e 12.6 metric tons of CO2e 5%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 37,333 metric tons of CO2e 10.6 metric tons of CO2e 13.9 metric tons of CO2e 5%
Net emissions 35,611 metric tons of CO2e 10.1 metric tons of CO2e 13.3 metric tons of CO2e N/A

Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries

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

Data in this report does not include the downtown properties owned and operated by Bucknell including the post office building, book store, theater and art gallery. These are not included because the buildings are categorized separately by Bucknell Facilities.

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

Recommended by ACUPCC

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

As determined by Clean Air Cool Planet

Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use? No information provided
Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory? Student researcher(s)
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.

Student researchers followed basic methodology of past reports, improving data collection and analysis where possible.

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

Agricultural emissions were considered de minimis because there is only one very small vegetable garden on the campus.

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

Individually reimbursed air travel was not included in air travel calculations because these trips can not currently be tracked.

Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 31,416.3 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 690.6 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 213.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 32,319.9 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 1,390.8 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 1,390.8 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 1,383.9 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 1,945.7 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste 292.5 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 3,622.1 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) Green-e
Description of offsets purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

No information provided

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
Total RECs purchased 40000000 kWh
Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs 10.0 %
Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs 1,721.668 metric tons of CO2e
REC verification program(s) Green-e
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

Wind power 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

Building Space
Gross square feet of building space 2,683,474.0 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) 3515.0
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 381
Part-time Faculty No information provided
Full-time Staff 980
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.

Approximately 80% students live on campus.

Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY’S GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY THIRD UPDATE FY 1990-2012
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Completed inventory calculator Download

Auditing and Verification

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

This student work was reviewed by university professors and professionals before submitting.