GHG Report for Berea College
Submitted on September 15, 2010; last updated on May 8, 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)||17,339 metric tons of CO2e||11.6 metric tons of CO2e||12.3 metric tons of CO2e||157%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||21,929 metric tons of CO2e||14.7 metric tons of CO2e||15.6 metric tons of CO2e||124%|
|Net emissions||-5,282 metric tons of CO2e||-3.5 metric tons of CO2e||-3.8 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.
College-owned rental homes beyond the Campus proper are not included as they are private residences and do not represent the operational responsibility of Berea College.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
CA-CP is the recommended tool for the ACUPCC implementation and was utilized in previous GHG calculations.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
CA-CP Campus Carbon Calculator's default emissions coefficients for eGRID subregions (Kentucky falls under SRTV subregion and SERC Tennessee Valley region post-2006) were used in the analyses.
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||Third Assessment Report|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||Campus Energy Manager|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
In 2007, Dr. Larry Shinn signed the ACUPCC commitment and designated individuals to serve as the leadership team for coordinating the necessary data collection and implementing the GHG inventory. The announcement alerted the campus community that the process would require the participation of various departments and programs and that the leadership team would immediately be contacting people to discuss the specific information to be gathered and their respective roles in providing accurate and timely responses to requests.
Please describe any emissions sources that were classified as de minimis and explain how a determination of the significance of these emissions was made.
Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.
A couple of campus programs own and operate vehicles independently of the Motor Pool and Facilities Management fleets. The usage data for these vehicles (<10) is not included in this report but will be identified for inclusion in the future.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||3,582.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||296.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||330.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||4,208.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||13,131.0 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||13,131.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||964.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||1,631.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||486.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Other Directly Financed Travel||109.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Paper Purchasing||74.9 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 T&D Losses||1,324.6 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||4,589.5 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||No information provided|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||No information provided|
|Carbon offsets purchased||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Offset verification program(s)||No information provided|
Description of offsets purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
|Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)|
|Total RECs purchased||0 kWh|
|Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs||0.0 %|
|Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|REC verification program(s)||No information provided|
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
|Sequestration and Carbon Storage|
|Sequestration due to land owned by the institution||27,192.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Description of how sequestration was calculated
The Berea College Forester worked in collaboration with the MACED Forest Opportunities Initiative to calculate the College's MTeCO2 offset for its 8,000+ acre forst holdings. The multiplier used was 3.3 tons/acre/year as listed in the Chicago Climate Exchange for Kentucky. Thus, the total offset of -27,192 MTecCO2 was calculated from the sum of the following:
|Carbon storage due to composting||18.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||1,405,967.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of laboratory space||25,000.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of health care space||1,836.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of residential space||400,357.0 sq ft|
|Total Student Enrollment (FTE)||1496.0|
|Full-time Commuter Students||No information provided|
|Part-time Commuter Students||No information provided|
|Non-Credit Students||No information provided|
|Part-time Faculty||No information provided|
|Part-time Staff||No information provided|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Heating Degree Days||4436|
|Cooling Degree Days||1596|
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|
Auditing and VerificationThese emissions data have been audited, verified, or peer-reviewed.
Please briefly describe this verification, if any.
While the entire GHG inventory (process and compiled results) was not formally audited, specific pieces were reviewed by multiple individuals or departments. For example, some components of the inventory were provided, confirmed and/or reviewed by third-party suppliers (ie: utilities, solid waste totals, refrigerants, fleet fuel). Other components were reviewed in-house by campus colleagues with relevant expertise (ie: paper purchases, compost, benchmark data).