GHG Report for University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Submitted on October 15, 2008; last updated on January 5, 2012
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)||202,490 metric tons of CO2e||7.6 metric tons of CO2e||14.0 metric tons of CO2e||2%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||256,634 metric tons of CO2e||9.6 metric tons of CO2e||17.7 metric tons of CO2e||1%|
|Net emissions||253,265 metric tons of CO2e||9.4 metric tons of CO2e||17.5 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||July 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.
This inventory includes The University of Tennessee, Knoxville main campus and agricultural campus - both of which are under the jurisdiction of the university Chancellor's office. It does not include The College of Veterinary Medicine, the Space Institute in Tullahoma, the Health Science Center in Memphis, or the Institute of Agriculture.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
The CA-CP Campus Carbon Calculator was selected because of its availability, user friendliness, and suitability for use by higher education institutions.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
The CA-CP Campus Carbon Calculator's default emissions coefficients were used for this inventory.
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||Third Assessment Report|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||Student researcher(s)|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
** FY08 emissions estimates updated on 1/5/12 to match assumptions, methodologies of FY10 inventory **
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.
ENERGY BUDGET: It is not possible to separate chilled water from general water usage on campus. So, chilled water expenditures are excluded from the energy budget.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||61,186.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||2,596.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||3,525.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||67,307.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||135,183.0 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||135,183.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||32,231.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||1,472.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||7,071.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|T&D Losses||13,370.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||54,144.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||No information provided|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||No information provided|
|Carbon offsets purchased||No information provided|
|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||6075000 kWh|
|Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs||2.0 %|
|Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs||3,330.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|REC verification program(s)||Green-e|
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
The Student Environmental Initiatives Fee funds the purchase of 3,000 blocks per month of green power from the Tennessee Valley Authority/Knoxville Utilities Board Green Power Switch Program. An additional 375 blocks of green power are purchased directly by the university. In total, these 3,375 blocks generate 506,250 kWh of green power per month (6,075,000 kWh per year).
|Sequestration and Carbon Storage|
|Sequestration due to land owned by the institution||1.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Description of how sequestration was calculated
|Carbon storage due to composting||38.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||14,490,871.0 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)||26803.0|
|Full-time Commuter Students||16552|
|Part-time Commuter Students||3433|
|Other Contextual Data|
|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||
Historical Report - Emissions Estimates Not Up-to-date
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