ACUPCC Reporting System

GHG Report for DePauw University

Submitted on September 15, 2009; last updated on September 25, 2009

Summary Statistics

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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.

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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 Data

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
Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion No information provided
Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion No information provided

Mitigation Data

Carbon Offsets
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:

12,348 metric tons stored in trees
While we have this resource, it does not meet the criteria for additionality; hence, we are not claiming it as an offset in our greenhouse gas emission inventory.
15,708 metric tons stored in soil organic material
372 metric tons stored in debris on the forest floor
28,428 metric tons total, 120 hectares of forest
We estimate that the 120 hectares of forests at the Nature Park uptake 563 metric tons of carbon per year via photosynthesis. This estimate represents new growth of trees on an annual basis. The forests will continue to uptake this much carbon on a yearly basis for the foreseeable future. While this resource is available to us, it does not meet the criteria for additionality; hence, we are not claiming it as an offset.

Carbon storage due to composting 77.0 metric tons of CO2e

Normalization and Contextual Data

Building Space
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
Population
Total Student Enrollment (FTE) 2298.0
Residential Students 2298
Full-time Commuter Students No information provided
Part-time Commuter Students No information provided
Non-Credit Students No information provided
Full-time Faculty 219
Part-time Faculty 64
Full-time Staff No information provided
Part-time Staff No information provided
Other Contextual Data
Endowment Size 419000000
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.

N/A

Supporting Documentation

Completed inventory narrative DePauw University Carbon Footprint Narrative
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Completed inventory calculator Download

Auditing and Verification

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