ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for Southern Oregon University

Submitted on June 12, 2013; last updated on November 19, 2013

Summary Statistics

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Total Per Full-Time Enrollment Per 1000 Square Feet % Offset
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2) 8,518 metric tons of CO2e 1.7 metric tons of CO2e 5.8 metric tons of CO2e 43%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 16,862 metric tons of CO2e 3.5 metric tons of CO2e 11.5 metric tons of CO2e 22%
Net emissions 13,211 metric tons of CO2e 2.7 metric tons of CO2e 9.0 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.

Rental homes and apartments owned by the institution have been omitted as they are not under the university's operational control.

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

No information provided

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

No information provided

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

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

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

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Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 3,886.0 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 124.0 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 25.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 4,035.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 4,483.0 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 4,483.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 6,227.0 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 2,071.0 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste 46.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 8,344.0 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 3,651.0 metric tons of CO2e
Offset verification program(s) Green-e
Description of offsets purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

Carbon offsets for Southern Oregon University were purchased through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. The offsets supported the Tatanka wind farm on the Dakotas border.

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
Total RECs purchased 13320560 kWh
Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs 100.0 %
Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs No information provided
REC verification program(s) Green-e
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

Renewable Energy Certificates for Southern Oregon University were purchased through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Of the RECs purchased, 8,574,560 kWh came from Langdon wind farm in North Dakota; the rest has not been delivered yet.

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 1,470,229.0 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) 4875.0
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.

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Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative SOU FY2012 GHG Inventory
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Completed inventory calculator Download

Auditing and Verification

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