GHG Report for University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Submitted on December 29, 2011; last updated on December 29, 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)||488,400 metric tons of CO2e||10.5 metric tons of CO2e||21.9 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||583,100 metric tons of CO2e||12.6 metric tons of CO2e||26.2 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||580,700 metric tons of CO2e||12.5 metric tons of CO2e||26.1 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||July 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.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
It is the recommended method by the ACUPCC.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
Emission coefficients used were from the Clean Air-Cool Planet Tool except the global warming potentials of refrigerants, which were based on 2007 IPCC values. Individual refrigerant global warming potentials that were not listed in the IPCC report were based on MSDS data sheets.
|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.
The data was primarily collected by a Student Sustainability Assistant with support from the Sustainability Coordinator and Sustainability Director. The Student Assistant contacted various subject matter experts and data custodians from across the campus to gather data points necessary to populate the CA-CP tool and prepare a written summary of the inventory. The University operates on a fiscal year that begins July 1 and ends June 30, however the prior greenhouse gas inventory was based on a calendar year. In preparing the 2010 inventory the decision was made to switch to fiscal year reporting to align with University processes.
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 sources were classified as de minimis.
Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.
The University has no way to track air travel mileage by University students, faculty, and staff. Instead, purchases on air travel from the University's Procurement Card, Employee Expenses, and Accounts Payable Invoices were added together to secure a total amount spent on air travel. This number included employee reimbursements, payments to airline vendors, travel agencies, study abroad programs, and payments to individuals for air travel. The conversion rate of $0.22/mile obtained for the 2008 GHG Inventory was reused in the 2010 inventory to estimate mileage.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||178,700.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||2,600.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||1,800.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||183,100.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||305,300.0 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||305,300.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||49,400.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||43,600.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||100.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Paper||1,600.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||94,700.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||75.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||150.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|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||2,400.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||22,288,388.0 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)||46460.0|
|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|
|Full-time Faculty||No information provided|
|Part-time Faculty||No information provided|
|Full-time Staff||No information provided|
|Part-time Staff||No information provided|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Endowment Size||No information provided|
|Heating Degree Days||8295|
|Cooling Degree Days||535|
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|
Auditing and VerificationThese emissions data have been audited, verified, or peer-reviewed.
Please briefly describe this verification, if any.
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities was a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) until the time the exchange closed. Emissions from steam production had been reviewed annually and verified by CCX and third party auditors as part of participation on the exchange. While this latest entire GHG inventory (process and compiled results) was not formally audited, specific pieces were reviewed by multiple individuals or departments and also by in-house by campus colleagues with relevant expertise.