GHG Report for State University of New York at Albany
Submitted on December 21, 2010; last updated on December 21, 2010
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)||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 Universitys 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 Universitys 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 Planets 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.
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.
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 from Stationary Combustion||No information provided|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||No information provided|
|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
|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|
|Full-time Commuter Students||No information provided|
|Part-time Commuter Students||3160|
|Non-Credit Students||No information provided|
|Part-time Faculty||No information provided|
|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
|Completed inventory narrative||No information provided|
|Completed inventory calculator||No information provided|