Reporting System

GHG Report for Augsburg College

Submitted on January 15, 2009; last updated on November 2, 2009

Summary Statistics

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Total Per Full-Time Enrollment Per 1000 Square Feet % Offset
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2) 18,953 metric tons of CO2e 5.4 metric tons of CO2e 18.1 metric tons of CO2e 0%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 21,669 metric tons of CO2e 6.2 metric tons of CO2e 20.7 metric tons of CO2e 0%
Net emissions 21,669 metric tons of CO2e 6.2 metric tons of CO2e 20.7 metric tons of CO2e N/A

Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries

Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report June 1, 2007
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.

Athletic dome was omitted from the campus square footage total because it is taken down for 6-7 months of the year. Office space for approximately 20 staff was leased in downtown Minneapolis for FY2007 while their new office space was under construction on campus. Space is leased in a Rochester church and at United Hospital in St. Paul for part-time adult learners that total about 300 or 10% of the student head count. Energy data for these areas was not available.

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

The CA-CP calculator was immediately available and tested. Instructions were available and useful.

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

We used emission coefficients as provided by the calculator.

Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use? Third Assessment Report
Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory? Facilities staff, Chair of Environmental Stewardship Committee
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.

The Enviromental Stewardship Committee Chair, Tom Ruffaner coordinated the collection of all the data, and received some assistance from the Facilities Department, Business Office, Human Resources and Enrollment in attaining campus wide utility data, miscellaneous invoice data, staff and enrollment data. Tom was resposible for data quality control and entered data into the CA-CP calculator and he produced the inventory narrative report with the exception that John Harkness, English Professor wrote the introduction and Reid Larson designed and exectuted the commuter survey and wrote the commuter section of the narrative.

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.

Staff population data for FY 2001-2003 were approximated because computer system update in FY 4004 made accessing old data impossible. Air transportation data For FY 2004 - FY 2007 was approximated based on hard data for FY 2008 that was reported as typical. Waste data was approximated by Allied Waste based on scheduled service not weight. Dome structure (not up 6-7 months of year) was not included in the campus square footage totals.

Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 792.7 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 63.4 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 2,588.7 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 3,444.8 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 10,151.3 metric tons of CO2e
Purchased Heating 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Purchased Cooling 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Purchased Steam 5,357.2 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 2 emissions 15,508.5 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 1,665.6 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 884.8 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste 165.3 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 2,715.7 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 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 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.)

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 No information provided

Normalization and Contextual Data

Building Space
Gross square feet of building space 1,045,189.0 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 363,897.0 sq ft
Total Student Enrollment (FTE) 3492.0
Residential Students 1043
Full-time Commuter Students 691
Part-time Commuter Students 1756
Non-Credit Students No information provided
Full-time Faculty 185
Part-time Faculty 214
Full-time Staff 356
Part-time Staff 228
Other Contextual Data
Endowment Size 24000000
Heating Degree Days 7099
Cooling Degree Days 1129
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.

No information provided

Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative Augsburg College Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory: FY 2001-2008
Completed inventory calculator Download

Auditing and Verification

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