GHG Report for Georgian Court University
Submitted on March 7, 2011; last updated on August 6, 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)||5,309 metric tons of CO2e||2.2 metric tons of CO2e||8.9 metric tons of CO2e||47%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||8,425 metric tons of CO2e||3.5 metric tons of CO2e||14.2 metric tons of CO2e||29%|
|Net emissions||5,948 metric tons of CO2e||2.5 metric tons of CO2e||10.0 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||June 1, 2009|
|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.
All operations of the Georgian Court University campus in Lakewood, NJ have been included.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
This available tool provided GCU with a consistent device to measure our carbon footprint and evaluate future changes. It was recommended by ACUPCC in the implementation guide.
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?||Student researcher(s)|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
Student participation was solicited through our Sustainability LLC and specific classes (mostly in biology). Students collected as much data as possible through investigation and interview of campus personnel, outside utility representatives and consultants and compiled the information they gathered. They then worked with Louise Wootton (faculty mentor) to enter these data into the CA-CP calculator to generate the information used to complete this report
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.
We conducted a survey of resident and commuter students faculty and staff to assess typical commuting patterns. The results of this survey were then extrapolated to the numbers (FTEs) of each present in the campus community. Our sample size was about 300 which is about 10% of total community size.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||2,185.1 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||139.2 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||2,324.3 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||2,984.6 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||2,984.6 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||3,116.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||No information provided|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||3,116.0 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 information provided
|Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)|
|Total RECs purchased||5000000 kWh|
|Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs||83.0 %|
|Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs||2,477.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|REC verification program(s)||Green-e|
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
Purchased from Nextera.
|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||595,189.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of laboratory space||No information provided|
|Net assignable square feet of health care space||No information provided|
|Net assignable square feet of residential space||No information provided|
|Total Student Enrollment (FTE)||2411.0|
|Full-time Commuter Students||1798|
|Part-time Commuter Students||1225|
|Non-Credit Students||No information provided|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Heating Degree Days||4892|
|Cooling Degree Days||721|
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|