GHG Report for Furman University
Submitted on September 15, 2008; last updated on December 5, 2011
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)||19,870 metric tons of CO2e||6.6 metric tons of CO2e||9.8 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||28,668 metric tons of CO2e||9.5 metric tons of CO2e||14.2 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||28,668 metric tons of CO2e||9.5 metric tons of CO2e||14.2 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||July 1, 2006|
|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.
Furman included all university-owned, leased or operated buildings in this report with the exception of the following:
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
Furman followed the recommendation of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
Clean Air-Cool Planet (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 Planning Group (SPG) (Provost Co-Chair)|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
The Sustainability Planning Group or SPG (administration, faculty, staff, and student members; 24 representatives) formed working groups focusing on data collection of emission sources. As these data were collected, SPG representatives entered the information into the Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) calculation tool. Data collection took approximately eight months. The SPG worked collaboratively with Furman's Facilities Services, Business Affairs, Travel Services, Athletic Department, Public Safety, Student Life, and individual student researchers to gather these data. The SPG individual working group data collection and analysis was organized by: 1-transportation; 2-energy use and refrigerants, solid waste, and fertilizer; 3-embodied energy in food and transportation; and 4-sequestration and opportunities for renewable energy sources. The SPG are using these baseline data to make recommendations about future data collection and strategies for reducing Greenhouse Gases (GHGs).
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.
Several extrapolations and assumptions undergird this GHG report:
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||4,083.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||379.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||855.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||5,317.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||14,553.0 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||14,553.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||2,560.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||4,249.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||219.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 T & D Losses||1,439.3 metric tons of CO2e|
|Other Directly Financed Travel||182.4 metric tons of CO2e|
|Paper||148.5 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||8,798.2 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.)
No information provided
|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.)
No information provided
|Sequestration and Carbon Storage|
|Sequestration due to land owned by the institution||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Description of how sequestration was calculated
To date, there have been no increases in forested lands owned by the institution or purchase/plantings of trees through nonprofit organizations. However, Campus Grounds (within the Division of Facilities Services) is emphasizing additional vegetative and canopy cover in all current and future plans.
|Carbon storage due to composting||No information provided|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||2,025,999.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of laboratory space||0.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of health care space||0.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of residential space||0.0 sq ft|
|Total Student Enrollment (FTE)||3010.0|
|Full-time Commuter Students||318|
|Part-time Commuter Students||269|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Heating Degree Days||2578|
|Cooling Degree Days||1820|
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.
Edited December 2011: This 2007 greenhouse gas report represents an update of the 2007 report submitted in September 2008. In the process of conducting the 2009 greenhouse gas inventory we realized that the energy mix of Furman's purchased electricity was not correctly represented, inflating our emissions numbers. That error has now been corrected and only purchased electricity emissions have been altered.
|Completed inventory narrative||No information provided|
|Completed inventory calculator||Download|
Auditing and VerificationThese emissions data have been audited, verified, or peer-reviewed.
Please briefly describe this verification, if any.
Initial data collection reviewed by Sustainability Planning Group (SPG) emissions-based working groups. Reporting data reviewed and compiled by SPG Climate Commitment Reporting Team. Additional Review provided by SPG representatives and Director of Sustainability and Environmental Education not involved with the draft reporting.