GHG Report for Antioch University New England
Submitted on September 15, 2008; last updated on November 26, 2008
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)||570 metric tons of CO2e||0.6 metric tons of CO2e||6.7 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||2,651 metric tons of CO2e||2.7 metric tons of CO2e||31.2 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||2,651 metric tons of CO2e||2.7 metric tons of CO2e||31.2 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||July 1, 2007|
|Consolidation methodology used to determine organizational boundaries||No information provided|
If any institution-owned, leased, or operated buildings or other holdings that should fall within the organizational boundaries are omitted, briefly explain why.
Not applicable; all ANE space is included in this report.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
Partnership agreement with CA-CP
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.
ANE's Assistant to the President for Sustainability and Social Justice coordinated the preparation of this inventory and served as its primary author. She worked with Purchasing Office and other ANE staff to collect the data necessary for use of the CA-CP calculator. ANE's Purchasing Office staff maintains the calculator we use and inputs all data to it. Reporting covered the period July 2007-June 2008.
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.
The greatest data limitation in this submission is the estimation of gallons of gasoline expended by employees and students commuting to campus. We based our estimate on the current population figures, an estimated 25 mpg per individual commuter and an average number of 120 gallons per year for commuter students living within a 25-mile radius of campus; 201 gallons per year for commuter students living within a 300-mile radius of campus; 240 gallons per year for employees living within a 25-mile radius of campus; 269 gallons per year for employees living within a 300-mile radius, based on the assumption that those within the 25-mile radius travel on a daily basis to campus whereas those living within the 300-mile radius are more likely to travel once a week and stay over, if needed. We also shaped each estimate based on the average number of days/week that faculty and students are on campus (2-3 days/week) as opposed to staff, whom we assume are on campus 5 days a week except for holidays. We derived these estimates from data gathered during ANE's 2006 Social Justice Audit, in which we polled respondents about their average mpg for the vehicle in which they commute and about the distance from campus they live. Solid waste data was also a limitation. Our waste disposal company provided us with estimated tonnage for the period covered by this report, but our internal records show only how many times the company made pick-ups from our campus and the number/volume of the receptacles that are used for each pick-up.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||232.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||232.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||338.0 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||338.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||1,937.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||141.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||3.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||2,081.0 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.)
We are budgeting for offsets in our FY 2009-10 budget.
|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 information provided
|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||85,000.0 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)||972.0|
|Residential Students||No information provided|
|Full-time Commuter Students||661|
|Part-time Commuter Students||201|
|Other Contextual Data|
|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.
Antioch University New England has set a target of carbon neutrality by the year 2020. We have taken a number of steps to capture the "low-hanging fruit" in reducing our emissions, including a campus-wide education and outreach campaign, installation of restroom light sensors, a low-tech signage campaign for all other light switches, removal of vending machines, and a one-to-one outreach program for every work-station user on campus to increase energy efficiency. We are in the process of upgrading our existing composting and recycling program to reduce our generation of solid waste and are switching over to compostable/biodegradable food service products, 100% recycled content paper for copiers, letterhead, envelopes, etc. We offer an electronic rideshare board for employees and students who commute and also have launched a Green Bikes program for all campus community members. Our location adjacent to Keene's major bike path allows bicyclists easy access to downtown housing, restaurants, etc. We are also in the process of adopting and implementing a responsible purchasing policy that covers both the sustainability and ethical production of products and services we purchase. We currently track all scope 1 and 2 emissions and are actively working to enhance our tracking of scope 3 emissions. We anticipate major decisions regarding our physical plant within the coming year that will enable us to move to the next level in terms of meeting our 2020 goal of carbon neutrality.
|Completed inventory narrative||No information provided|
|Completed inventory calculator||Download|