GHG Report for Aquinas College
Submitted on January 14, 2014; last updated on February 26, 2014
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)||7,092 metric tons of CO2e||3.7 metric tons of CO2e||10.9 metric tons of CO2e||1%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||8,412 metric tons of CO2e||4.4 metric tons of CO2e||13.0 metric tons of CO2e||1%|
|Net emissions||8,364 metric tons of CO2e||4.4 metric tons of CO2e||12.9 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||July 1, 2012|
|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.
The recently acquired Brookby Estate is not included in this report because utility and size information was not available at the time of the report, and it was largely unoccupied during the reporting year.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
The CA/CP tool was selected primarily because of its ease of use, thoroughness, and relevance to Higher Education institutions.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
CA-CP Campus Carbon Calculator's default emissions coefficients.
|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.
The process of conducting the carbon footprint inventory was managed by the Director of Sustainability for Aquinas College, with assistance from student interns and multiple college employees.
Please describe any emissions sources that were classified as de minimis and explain how a determination of the significance of these emissions was made.
Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.
Faculty were assumed to drive to campus 32 weeks/year, staff 50 weeks/year, and students 32 weeks/year, based on average schedules.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||2,193.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||46.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||73.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||2,312.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||4,780.0 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||4,780.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||675.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||562.7 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||-6.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Colored and White Copy Paper||29.9 metric tons of CO2e|
|Directly Financed Outsourced Travel: Ground Transportation||58.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||1,319.6 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Carbon offsets purchased||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|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||0 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||48.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Description of how sequestration was calculated
Sequestration was determined using the calculator on the "Michigan Conservation and Climate Initiative" web site. Assumptions = Maple/Beech forest, 21 Acres of forestland, and an age of 26 years and older.
|Carbon storage due to composting||No information provided|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||648,806.0 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)||1901.0|
|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.
No information provided
|Completed inventory narrative||No information provided|
|Completed inventory calculator||No information provided|