GHG Report for Hampshire College
Submitted on September 9, 2011; last updated on February 19, 2013
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)||4,417 metric tons of CO2e||3.2 metric tons of CO2e||5.5 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||6,270 metric tons of CO2e||4.5 metric tons of CO2e||7.7 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||6,263 metric tons of CO2e||4.5 metric tons of CO2e||7.7 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.
No buildings were omitted from the analysis
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
CA-CP is the standard calculator used by Sightlines, LLC in the Go-Green analysis
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
CA-CP emission coefficients were used, no edits were made to these. For electricity used the eGRID emissions factor for the New England region.
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||Third Assessment Report|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||External consultant|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
Sightlines works in partnership with the College in collecting and qualifying emissions data. Sightlines completes this service with Hampshire annually.
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.
The only significant data limitations identified by Sightlines were regarding wastewater. Hampshire College does not have abatement meters that separate utility water consumption, irrigation consumption and personal water usage. As a result total institutional water consumption is entered as wastewater.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||1,473.58 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||256.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||357.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||2,086.58 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||2,330.5 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||2,330.5 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||545.96 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||963.11 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||77.24 metric tons of CO2e|
|Wastewater||9.63 metric tons of CO2e|
|Paper||26.75 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 T&D Losses||230.49 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||1,853.18 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||0.0 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||7.69 metric tons of CO2e|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||809,796.0 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||367,722.0 sq ft|
|Total Student Enrollment (FTE)||1387.0|
|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||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.
Significant release of refrigerants in FY10 led to an increase in Scope 1 emissions even as natural gas consumption decreased. Drops in both directly financed air travel and student study abroad air travel contributed to the decrease in Scope 3 emissions.
|Completed inventory narrative||No information provided|
|Completed inventory calculator||Download|
Auditing and VerificationThese emissions data have been audited, verified, or peer-reviewed.
Please briefly describe this verification, if any.
Sightlines' Go-Green service qualifies all data collected to check for any errors, anomalies or other red flags. Once this internal process has been completed Sightlines gives a qualification presentation to address these issues with the College.