ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for State University of New York at Albany

Submitted on December 21, 2010; last updated on December 21, 2010

Summary Statistics

Making 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) 48,857 metric tons of CO2e 3.1 metric tons of CO2e 10.3 metric tons of CO2e 1%
Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3) 64,030 metric tons of CO2e 4.0 metric tons of CO2e 13.5 metric tons of CO2e 1%
Net emissions 63,352 metric tons of CO2e 4.0 metric tons of CO2e 13.3 metric tons of CO2e N/A

Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries

Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report July 1, 2009
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 University at Albany has several external properties, including the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the School of Public Health on the East Campus. The utilities for these facilities are not managed by the University’s physical plant and currently there is no reporting structure from which to draw the necessary information. Including the emissions footprints of these external properties was determined to be unfeasible at present. A decision was made to omit data from those entities within the University’s operational control, therefore Nano and the East Campus data will not be included within our inventory. We also did not include several leased buildings which the University does not operate nor have data on. These include the University Administration Building, the Management Services Building, the Health Center and the Counseling Center. This current data does not include Empire Commons electricity and will be modify as that data is verified

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

Clean Air Cool Planet’s Campus Carbon Calculator (version 6.5) was used to calculate our emission data. It was selected since this model was developed specifically for college and university campuses. It is also one of the recommended models by ACUPCC.

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

We used the default emissions coefficients supplied in the Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator. Version 6.5 of the Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) Campus Carbon Calculator uses the GWPs (global warming potential) from the Third Assessment Report.

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

The efforts were coordinated by the Director of Environmental Sustainability, Mary Ellen Mallia and University Energy Officer, Indu. Students who contributed to the data collection and entry include: Tina Daniels, Alicia Kowsky, Yi Ming and Shane Keogh. Faculty and staff contributors are noted within the GHG data log file kept in the sustainability office in both hard copy and electronic form.
Data was obtained as far back as it could be reasonable verified. For example, energy data was gathered back to 2005-2006 as that was the point where our Energy Manager could verify its accuracy. This year was also choosen as the base year since it marked the time prior to any major environmental initiatives. This is also in line with the base year targeted in the Copenhagen Accord.
Data was also obtained from SUNY central administration for the years 1989-1990. Although the conformity of this data cannot be equated with the data collected in the rest of the inventory, this can serve as a baseline in accordance with mandated set by the SUNY plan regarding energy use.

Please describe any emissions sources that were classified as de minimis and explain how a determination of the significance of these emissions was made.

Refrigerants and chemicals were determined as de minimis by the facilities staff. Water use was determined to be de minimis through our water use data

Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.

Air Travel mileage related to academic endeavors such as conferences for faculty and staff and students studying abroad were not included in the inventory.
All employees of UAlbany must book travel through the agencies to get reimbursed. Unfortunately, billing only gives cost of travel but does not indicate where the person is traveling to and from. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to track mileage in this category given the resources of the sustainabiltiy office at this time.
Mileage from study abroad travel is not tracked. The office does maintain data on the number of students studying abroad and their country of travel. Therefore, it could be possible to calculate the mileage. However, given that faculty and staff academic travel are not included, it was decided to not include study abroad travel. The belief behind this decision is that either all types of academic travel should be included or none so as not to single out one sector of the university. This philosophy applied to other areas of the calculator as well. For example, all forms of commuting were included and not simple faculty/staff.

Reason for not including the air travel mileage:

1. Difficulty in getting accurate data (esp in the case of academic travel)
2. The goal is to measure and target those categories which we wish to reduce. While the University will promote the use of teleconferencing, webinars and other avenues for employee enrichment, we do not wish to discourage this form of travel. We also do not wish to discourage the experience of studying abroad, which does not have a viable alternative.

Commuting numbers were determined based on a survey issued in the fall of 2009. Commuting modes and mileage were assumed to be consistent throughout the time period.

Emissions Data

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

Scope 1 Emissions
Stationary Combustion 24,783.0 metric tons of CO2e
Mobile Combustion 926.0 metric tons of CO2e
Process Emissions 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fugitive Emissions 16.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 1 emissions 25,725.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 2 Emissions
Purchased Electricity 23,132.0 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 23,132.0 metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 Emissions
Commuting 10,248.0 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel 0.0 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste 2,361.0 metric tons of CO2e
Paper purchase 276.0 metric tons of CO2e
T & D losses 2,288.0 metric tons of CO2e
Total Scope 3 emissions 15,173.0 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 415.0 metric tons of CO2e
Offset verification program(s) Green-e
Description of offsets purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

Purchased from Community Energy to offset heating use in University Hall

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
Total RECs purchased 800000 kWh
Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs 1.0 %
Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs 263.0 metric tons of CO2e
REC verification program(s) Green-e
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

Purchased from Community Energy to offset electricity use in University Hall

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 4,750,117.0 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) 15875.0
Residential Students 7252
Full-time Commuter Students No information provided
Part-time Commuter Students 3160
Non-Credit Students No information provided
Full-time Faculty 1421
Part-time Faculty No information provided
Full-time Staff 2968
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

Supporting Documentation

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

Auditing and Verification

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