GHG Report for University of Maryland Baltimore County
Submitted on September 16, 2008; last updated on September 14, 2009
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)||56,283 metric tons of CO2e||5.5 metric tons of CO2e||17.3 metric tons of CO2e||2%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||89,761 metric tons of CO2e||8.7 metric tons of CO2e||27.5 metric tons of CO2e||1%|
|Net emissions||88,710 metric tons of CO2e||8.6 metric tons of CO2e||27.2 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||July 1, 2006|
|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.
This inventory is for UMBCs Main Campus, including all academic, residential, research, and support facilities. The inventory boundary excludes facilities that the institution does not own or does not pay for the electricity or does not control. Therefore, the Research Park (bwtech), South Campus (techcenter), and remote Shriver Center offices were excluded.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
The Campus Carbon Calculator, developed and maintained by CA-CP, ensured that an accepted, standard methodology was consistently applied to the inventory process. The calculator enabled data to be entered in common units of measurement for each source and automatically calculated the annual emissions in equivalent carbon dioxide (eCO2).
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
CA-CP's Campus Carbon Calculator (v5.0) default emissions coefficients were used.
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||Third Assessment Report|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||Energy Manager in conjunction with the Inventory Workgroup (subgroup of Climate Change Task Force)|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
1) After networking with other universities, including other University System of Maryland (USM) institutions, UMBC's Inventory Workgroup decided to utilize CA-CP's Campus Carbon Calculator to report emissions based upon fiscal year, starting with the current years (FY2007 & FY2008). The inventory boundary was also decided to be the Main Campus, including all academic, residential, research, and support facilities.
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 information provided
Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.
Scope 1 and Scope 2 emission sources did not require assumptions, because the sources were typically metered (such as purchased electricity, natural gas, and the various fuels for the campus fleet) or measured by vendor receipts (such as fertilizers and refrigerants). Due to the indirect nature of Scope 3 emissions (such as air travel and commuters), assumptions and estimates were typically required. Careful consideration was made to ensure that all assumptions and estimates were reasonable.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||12,965.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||722.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||567.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||14,254.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||42,029.0 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||42,029.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||20,960.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||11,653.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||865.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||33,478.0 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||1923000 kWh|
|Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs||3.0 %|
|Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs||1,051.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|REC verification program(s)||No information provided|
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
Beginning in May 2008, UMBC increased the portion of purchased electricity from renewable resources from 4.5% to 19.5%. The electricity and the RECs are purchased from Reliant Energy. The primary source for these RECs is the Conowingo Hydroelectric Plant.
|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||3,259,224.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of laboratory space||299,491.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of health care space||4,014.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of residential space||726,637.0 sq ft|
|Total Student Enrollment (FTE)||10295.0|
|Full-time Commuter Students||5046|
|Part-time Commuter Students||2987|
|Non-Credit Students||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.
UMBC's greenhouse gas emissions inventory for FY2007 (7/1/06 - 6/30/07) and FY2008 (7/1/07 - 6/30/08) was conducted at the same time.
|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.
UMBC's Inventory Workgroup scrutinized the inventory data and results. The completed greenhouse gas emissions inventory was presented to and reviewed by UMBC's Climate Change Task Force, a diverse body of UMBC faculty, staff, and students who are concerned about environmental sustainability.