ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for Haywood Community College

Submitted on January 8, 2009; last updated on September 7, 2010

Summary Statistics

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Total Per Full-Time Enrollment Per 1000 Square Feet % Offset
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2) 2,344 metric tons of CO2e 1.2 metric tons of CO2e 7.3 metric tons of CO2e 8%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 7,259 metric tons of CO2e 3.8 metric tons of CO2e 22.6 metric tons of CO2e 2%
Net emissions 7,081 metric tons of CO2e 3.7 metric tons of CO2e 22.1 metric tons of CO2e N/A

Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries

Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report July 2, 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.

All buildings under operational control of Haywood Community College were included in the report.

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

The Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator was chosen because it was recommended by the ACUPCC and has been updated based on input from campus users from around the country.

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

Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator default emission coefficients were used unchanged.

Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use? Third Assessment Report
Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory? Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.

Over a period of 3-months the campus sustainability coordinator collected data to enter into the Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator. Data was collected from the Business Office, Administrative Services, Facilities and Maintenance Division, Human Resources, Faculty, Print Shop, Campus Arboretum, and Office of the President. The office of Institutional Research was extremely effective in generating custom data reports based on the campus sustainability coordinator's queries. Carbon sequestration in the school forests was calculated by Haywood Early College students as part of their FOR 171 Intro to Forest Resources course. Calculations were directly supervised by the lead Forestry Instructor. Data was collected by students in higher level forestry mensuration courses.

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.

Campus fuel consumption data was only located for the past year. The data was included for that year, but more useful emissions projections will be made as data collection increases in the future. Estimate for mobile emissions based on figuring a second year of consumption at current year's rate. Same adjustment had to be made for air travel (again only 1 year of data was available). Our building inventory is broken down into three categories: accessible area, assignable area, and gross area. Therefore, we were unable to estimate laboratory space based on our records. Commuting data was based on distance to campus calculated by running a sample of approximately 40% of home addresses for faculty, staff, and students by geocoding analysis. A factor of 1.5 was added to estimate driven distance based on straight-line distance. This method was deemed to give a better estimate than a campus survey that typically might only have a 10-15% completion rate. Carbon Sequestration by main campus landscape was not included because models would not accurately reflect species diversity found on campus (also serves as an arboretum (over 300 different species)).

Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 357.9 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 60.0 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 417.9 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 1,925.9 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 1,925.9 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 4,847.0 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 29.4 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste 38.6 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 4,915.0 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 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 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 154.8 metric tons of CO2e
Description of how sequestration was calculated

Haywood Community College is steward to 373 (320 Fowler Forest, 53 Beatty Forest) forested acres that were donated to the school to serve as living laboratories for the department of natural resources. Total tree estimates provided be extrapolating a prism cruise result of the 40-acre Fowler East Compartment in summer 2008. While species composition and stand types vary throughout the forest, the East compartment is representative of forest composition for comparison/carbon estimation purposes. While some parts of the Fowler forest are approximately 120-years-old, we used an average of 85 years for forest stand age for carbon calculations. The Beatty forest was harvested in the 1960s. Therefore an average stand age of 45 years was used for carbon estimation. Two calculators were used; the Simple Carbon Calculator and the COLE Carbon Online Estimator for nonsoil forest carbon. Simple Carbon Calculator provided the more conservative of the two estimates and was chosen for GHG Inventory purposes. Only incremental increases in carbon sequestration were entered into the Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator.

Carbon storage due to composting 23.2 metric tons of CO2e

Normalization and Contextual Data

Building Space
Gross square feet of building space 320,846.0 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) 1903.0
Residential Students No information provided
Full-time Commuter Students 754
Part-time Commuter Students 2820
Non-Credit Students 3972
Full-time Faculty 74
Part-time Faculty 172
Full-time Staff 97
Part-time Staff 28
Other Contextual Data
Endowment Size No information provided
Heating Degree Days 4761
Cooling Degree Days 913
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 No information provided
Completed inventory calculator Download

Auditing and Verification

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