GHG Report for DePauw University
Submitted on September 15, 2009; last updated on September 25, 2009
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)||29,290 metric tons of CO2e||12.7 metric tons of CO2e||16.0 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||38,716 metric tons of CO2e||16.8 metric tons of CO2e||21.2 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||38,639 metric tons of CO2e||16.8 metric tons of CO2e||21.2 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||July 1, 2008|
|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.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
AASHE/Second Nature note it as a tool of choice; we also were familiar with it from a draft we had done the previous year.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
CA-CP Campus Carbon Calculator's default emissions coefficients
|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 Sustainability Coordinator worked with a team that included a technical co-leader (Dr. John Caraher, DePauw Physics Professor) and a group of gifted DePauw students. We all participated in determining what data were to be collected. The students did a great deal of the data collection and preparation. The group, led Dr. Caraher, worked together in analyzing the data. We worked on this intensively since the beginning of the 2009 calendar year.
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.
No information provided
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||7,790.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||392.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||79.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||8,261.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||21,029.0 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||21,029.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||1,206.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||7,307.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||913.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||9,426.0 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 offsets were purchased.
|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 RECs were purchased.
|Sequestration and Carbon Storage|
|Sequestration due to land owned by the institution||No information provided|
Description of how sequestration was calculated
We estimate that the 120 hectares of forests at the Nature Park currently store 28,428 metric tons of carbon. This is the result of 50 to 100 years of forest growth and subsequent storage. This estimate includes storage in soils, organic debris, and trees, as follows:
|Carbon storage due to composting||77.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||1,826,305.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of laboratory space||115,250.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of health care space||0.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of residential space||507,760.0 sq ft|
|Total Student Enrollment (FTE)||2298.0|
|Full-time Commuter Students||No information provided|
|Part-time Commuter Students||No information provided|
|Non-Credit Students||No information provided|
|Full-time Staff||No information provided|
|Part-time Staff||No information provided|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Heating Degree Days||6529|
|Cooling Degree Days||909|
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.
|Completed inventory narrative||
DePauw University Carbon Footprint Narrative
|Completed inventory calculator||Download|