ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Submitted on September 15, 2008; last updated on December 26, 2011

Summary Statistics

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Total Per Full-Time Enrollment Per 1000 Square Feet % Offset
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2) 6,618 metric tons of CO2e 3.6 metric tons of CO2e 9.9 metric tons of CO2e 10%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 8,015 metric tons of CO2e 4.4 metric tons of CO2e 12.0 metric tons of CO2e 9%
Net emissions 7,325 metric tons of CO2e 4.0 metric tons of CO2e 10.9 metric tons of CO2e N/A

Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries

Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report January 1, 2007
Consolidation methodology used to determine organizational boundaries Equity share approach
If any institution-owned, leased, or operated buildings or other holdings that should fall within the organizational boundaries are omitted, briefly explain why.

None were omitted.

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

The tool was appropriate for our campus. In addition, a neighboring institution had found the CA-CP tool valuable and recommended its use. For this updated 2007 GHG report, we used the 6.4 version of the Clean Air-Cool Planet calculator.

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? Third Assessment Report
Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory? Initially an external consultant and for this update, the sustainability coordinator.
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.

An external consultant, the Center for Ecological Technology (CET), conducted an inventory of waste and recycling. A student supervised by a faculty member collected the initial energy data. Energy data was transferred to CET staff members who worked with college staff including facilities managers, the VP of Administration and Finance and the institutional research offices to collect additional data to complete the original 2007 report. This updated 2007 Greenhouse Gas Report includes data from more recent Clean Air Cool Planet carbon calculator, version 6.4.

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.

A significant limitation of the CA-CP tool relates to emissions associated with waste. Waste from MCLA goes to a waste-to-energy facility. We found that the tool calculates a decrease in GHG emissions as waste increases. This is counter to the recommendation that it is most beneficial to reduce and recycle waste at the college.

Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 3,537.0 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 97.0 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 3,634.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 2,984.0 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 2,984.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 1,273.0 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 151.0 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste -27.0 metric tons of CO2e
0 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
0 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
0 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 1,397.0 metric tons of CO2e
Biogenic Emissions
Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion 0.0 metric tons of CO2e

Mitigation Data

Carbon Offsets
Carbon offsets purchased 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Offset verification program(s) Other
Description of offsets purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

MCLA does not purchase carbon offsets.

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
Total RECs purchased 0 kWh
Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs 0.0 %
Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
REC verification program(s) No information provided
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

MCLA does not purchase REC's.

Sequestration and Carbon Storage
Sequestration due to land owned by the institution 690.0 metric tons of CO2e
Description of how sequestration was calculated

The college owns 58 acres of forested land and the value was calculated using default values from CA-CP.

Carbon storage due to composting No information provided

Normalization and Contextual Data

Building Space
Gross square feet of building space 669,593.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of laboratory space 0.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of health care space 0.0 sq ft
Net assignable square feet of residential space 252,413.0 sq ft
Population
Total Student Enrollment (FTE) 1831.0
Residential Students 882
Full-time Commuter Students 949
Part-time Commuter Students 250
Non-Credit Students 400
Full-time Faculty 90
Part-time Faculty 35
Full-time Staff 223
Part-time Staff No information provided
Other Contextual Data
Endowment Size 7500000
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.

For 2007 we have separated full and part-time staff and faculty for the purposes of calculating emissions.

Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative No information provided
Completed inventory calculator No information provided

Auditing and Verification

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

The data for the calculations for the MCLA carbon footprint were verified by the MCLA staff. *Note: Since the completion of the initial 2007 GHG report, MCLA has began to use the 6.4 CA-CP software, and has conducted the emissions inventory internally starting in 2008. This change in software and identification of new sources of data on campus, results in the discrepancies between the figures in this updated 2007 GHG report, and the data presented in the 2009 Climate Action Plan.*