GHG Report for The New School
Submitted on August 17, 2009; last updated on January 12, 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)||7,561 metric tons of CO2e||0.9 metric tons of CO2e||5.9 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||8,207 metric tons of CO2e||0.9 metric tons of CO2e||6.5 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||8,207 metric tons of CO2e||0.9 metric tons of CO2e||6.5 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||January 1, 2008|
|Consolidation methodology used to determine organizational boundaries||Financial 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.
The apartments at the following addresses are considered de minimus (less than 5 percent of the university’s emissions) and excluded from the inventory: 1 Irving Place and 23rd Street Apartments. Fugitive emissions—releases of HFCs from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment—are also considered
|Emissions calculation tool used||Custom tool|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
1) Buildings - As a participant in the PlaNYC University Challenge, The New School used a calculator with heating oil, steam, gas, and electricity carbon emissions coefficients provided by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. The coefficients have been updated every year and are also used to determine the city’s carbon footprint.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
The New York City carbon coefficients, published by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Mandatory GHG Reporting Program, are included in this tool. The University Challenge reporting tool reflects all updates to coefficients the city issued based on revised EPA fuel coefficient data.
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||No information provided|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||Sustainability office staff|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
The Office for Sustainability, Facilities Management, collected utilities bills from Accounts Payable and stored the data in a custom tool. This data was then inputted into the tool provided by the Mayor's Office.
Please describe any emissions sources that were classified as de minimis and explain how a determination of the significance of these emissions was made.
The apartments at the following addresses are considered de minimus (less than 5 percent of the university’s emissions) and excluded from the inventory: 1 Irving Place and 23rd Street Apartments. The university does not operate either of these properties. Fugitive emissions—releases of HFCs from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment—are also considered to be de minimis by The New School and have not been included in the carbon inventory data. Furthermore, the two-car fleet owned by the university is also excluded from the inventory.
Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.
In some cases, historic utility data was incomplete. Rather than indicated zero consumption for a period of time, which would grossly misrepresent our use of energy in those buildings, the Office for Sustainability estimated consumption. Missing values for electricity, natural gas, and steam in a few buildings were imputed by regressing the linear trend for subsequent years on the missing data points or they were imputed by series mean.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||2,884.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||2,884.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||4,269.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Purchased Heating||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Purchased Cooling||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Purchased Steam||408.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 2 emissions||4,677.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||76.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||569.76 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||No information provided|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||645.76 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||No information provided|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||No information provided|
|Carbon offsets purchased||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|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.)
The New School purchased Green-e certified national wind RECs for FY09 from Constellation New Energy, the university's electricity supplier. The RECs equaled 13,266,000kWh, which reflected 100 percent of the university's electricity usage. However, the university will not take credit for these RECs in its inventory as they do not offset our direct emissions.
|Sequestration and Carbon Storage|
|Sequestration due to land owned by the institution||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Description of how sequestration was calculated
No information provided
|Carbon storage due to composting||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||1,271,704.0 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)||8867.0|
|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||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.
The university occupied fewer gross sqaure feet in FY09. And since 2005, New York City’s electricity coefficient has dropped by 25.7 percent and its steam coefficient has dropped 13.6 percent. These changes are the product of power plant re-powerings in New York City and throughout the state, improved generation efficiency, fuel switching to cleaner fuels, and other factors. This “cleaning” of the City’s electrical and steam coefficients benefits University Challenge participants by moving them closer to their 30 percent reduction goals.
|Completed inventory narrative||Download|
|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.
In May 2010, the new Assistant Director for Sustainability & Energy Management reviewed all the historic carbon inventory data previously gathered and reported by the university. After months of scrutinizing the data, revisions were made and sources of emissions added. All GHG Reports for each year have been resubmitted to ACUPCC as of January 2011.