GHG Report for Bristol Community College
Submitted on January 14, 2011; last updated on January 14, 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)||6,478 metric tons of CO2e||1.2 metric tons of CO2e||15.4 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||11,292 metric tons of CO2e||2.0 metric tons of CO2e||26.8 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||11,292 metric tons of CO2e||2.0 metric tons of CO2e||26.8 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||January 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.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
Clean Air Cool Planet version 6.6 is the recognized and the recommended reporting tool by the American College & Presidents Climate Committee.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
CA-CP Carbon Campus Calculator's default emissions coefficients.
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||Fourth Assessment Report|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||External consultant|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
Information and data was collected from various campus sources under the direction of Leo Racine, Director of Capital Projects for Bristol Community College.
Please describe any emissions sources that were classified as de minimis and explain how a determination of the significance of these emissions was made.
Major sources of GHG were documented, where data was available, using the categories of reporting requested under CA-CP's Campus Carbon Calculator. Minor sources considered for inclusion under the "de minimus" classification include off site disposal and treatment of waste water generated on campus and on-site use of lawn and plant fertilizers. Data, where available, was used to approximate the GHG generated by these activities and they were found to be less then the threshold standard of 5% of a combination of sources.
Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.
Accounting for GHG emmissions from the use of personal vehicles for faculty, staff, and students presented the biggest challenge since data on individual vehicle trips and modes of transportation is not currently collected. Current information used attendence patterns applied to assumptions on the modes used, frequency of vehicle trips, and the mileage traveled to and from Bristol Community College campuses. It is anticipated that in the future, transportation surveys for all commuters will be conducted to more accurately account for the modes, frequency of trips, and mileage that can be attributed to operation of the college.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||1,640.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||47.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||1,687.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||4,791.0 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||4,791.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||4,814.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||No information provided|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||4,814.0 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||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||421,705.0 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)||5515.0|
|Residential Students||No information provided|
|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|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Endowment Size||No information provided|
|Heating Degree Days||3952|
|Cooling Degree Days||832|
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.
Bristol Community College consists of one main and two satellite campuses and is primarily a commuter based educational institution with a student, faculty, and staff almost soley reliant on personal automobiles which accounts for a major source of GHG emissions attributable to the college. With minimal public transportation available the biggest challenge will be to identify alternate sources of transportation (carpooling, ride sharing, vanpooling, etc.) and other behaviors that minimize indvidual commuting and the number of individual trips made in personal vehicles.
|Completed inventory narrative||No information provided|
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