GHG Report for University of California, Riverside
Submitted on January 15, 2011; last updated on January 27, 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)||96,873 metric tons of CO2e||5.2 metric tons of CO2e||14.4 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||137,902 metric tons of CO2e||7.3 metric tons of CO2e||20.5 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||137,902 metric tons of CO2e||7.3 metric tons of CO2e||20.5 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||January 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.
Data collections came from paid receipts for buildings under operation control in Riverside, Palm Desert and smaller research stations.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Other|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
CRIS is the tool required for reporting through The Climate Registry. All UC campuses and the UCOP must reprot through CRIS. Scope 3 data was calculated using Clean Air-Cool Planet tool and the URBEMIS2007 software for commuting.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
Efficients provided be respective emission calculators described above.
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||Fourth Assessment Report|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||Sustainability office staff|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
Data was collected from a variety of campus departments and cross checked with data from outside sources including data generated by Impact Sciences in preparation of the 2010 CAP. We are evaluating the process to explain any discrepancies found in data collected from the variety of sources.
Please describe any emissions sources that were classified as de minimis and explain how a determination of the significance of these emissions was made.
Sources from Scope 1 Mobile Fleet for Agricultural Operations was based on 2010 data as no 2009 data was available due to a delay in performing the 2009 GHG Inventory.
Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.
Commuting data for staff and faculty were taken from surveys performed by the Office of Transportation and Parking Services.Commuting data for students were extrapolated from calculations used for staff and faculty using student employee data from the survey and campus statistics in accodance with UCOP Sustaiability Transportation Working Group Protocol. Air Travel data were based on miles calculated from plotting origin and destination airport codes using TravelMath.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||23,168.25849 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||2,095.59644 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||75.81106 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||25,339.66599 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||71,532.96141 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||71,532.96141 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||33,309.43 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||7,720.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||No information provided|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||41,029.43 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||6,723,576.0 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)||18802.0|
|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|
|Part-time Staff||No information provided|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Endowment Size||No information provided|
|Heating Degree Days||1779|
|Cooling Degree Days||2430|
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.
As the campus transitions to The Climate Registry and reevaluates its GHG Inventory procedures we expect to update our GHG report as needed to reflect the new methodological approach.
|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.
UCR's GHG emissions for calendar years 2009 and 2010 were third party verified by Bureau Veritas and confirmed by The Climate Registry for Scope 1 and Scope 2. Scope 3 were not included in the verification.