GHG Report for Case Western Reserve University
Submitted on May 15, 2013; last updated on May 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)||181,337 metric tons of CO2e||21.6 metric tons of CO2e||22.9 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||217,973 metric tons of CO2e||25.9 metric tons of CO2e||27.6 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||217,858 metric tons of CO2e||25.9 metric tons of CO2e||27.5 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.
Operational control approach has been used as the consolidation methodology to determine the organizational boundaries for Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), in order to inventory its GHG emissions. For institution-owned, leased or operated buildings, this means all such properties for which CWRU pays utilities.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
Clean Air-Cool Planet (CACP) was selected because of its broad use among higher ed institutions and because of its ease of use.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
Clean Air-Cool Planet (CACP) provided Emissions Coefficients and Factors in the Emission Factors Module.
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||Fourth Assessment Report|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||Student researcher(s)|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
The FY12 scope of CWRU emissions captured were expanded or improved for accuracy, including the addition utilities from additional residential properties, transportation assumptions, waste to landfill and paper purchases.
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.
(i) Refrigerant data was limited by information available from CWRU’s vendors. It was determined that prior FY08 and FY09 refrigerant numbers reported were significantly overestimated and have been adjusted. Additionally, between FY09 and FY12 a significant amount of cooling equipment was taken offline and buildings were added to University’s district utility’s chilled water line. Thus the overall amount of refrigerant needed onsite has been dramatically reduced while the chilled water utilization has increased. The facilities director and assistant director determined the FY12 probable refrigerant usage based on the capacity of still utilized decentralized cooling on campus.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||4,151.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||765.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||635.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||5,551.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||86,297.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Purchased Heating||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Purchased Cooling||32,011.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Purchased Steam||57,478.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 2 emissions||175,786.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||13,900.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||21,830.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||906.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||36,636.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||No information provided|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||No information provided|
|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||115.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||7,909,541.0 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)||8404.0|
|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||5774|
|Cooling Degree Days||1040|
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.
(i) Overall square footage and research square footage both moderately increased and yet overall utilities decreased, trending in the right direction.
|Completed inventory narrative||No information provided|
|Completed inventory calculator||Download|
Auditing and VerificationThese emissions data have been audited, verified, or peer-reviewed.
Please briefly describe this verification, if any.
The FY12 GHG inventory was internally verified and peer-reviewed by the Director of Sustainability and the Director of Facilities. Questions were clarified and answered, errors were identified and corrected. CWRU data was compared to public data from a peer institution for comparison of total footprint.