GHG Report for University of Southern Mississippi
Submitted on May 13, 2009; last updated on May 10, 2010
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)||81,517 metric tons of CO2e||6.5 metric tons of CO2e||18.1 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||114,677 metric tons of CO2e||9.1 metric tons of CO2e||25.4 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||114,677 metric tons of CO2e||9.1 metric tons of CO2e||25.4 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||July 1, 2007|
|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.
This inventory includes The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus, Long Beach campus, and Gulf Coast Student Service Center. It does not include the Jackson County teaching space, the Gulf Coast Research Lab, or the NASA Stennis Space Center teaching space as these locations are not under the control of the administration or should be categorized as de minimis.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
Clean Air Cool Planet is a comprehensive carbon emissions calculation tool that is widely used, understandable, valid for benchmarking, easily available, and highly suggested.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
The CA-CP Campus Carbon Calculator's default emissions coefficients were used for this inventory.
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||Fourth Assessment Report|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||Class|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
An undergraduate class was established by our Dean of Science and Technology. This class was lead by an advanced graduate student with direct supervision of both the dean and other science faculty.
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.
Commuting data was estimated based upon survey and permit data.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||15,019.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||198.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||1,273.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||16,490.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||65,027.0 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||65,027.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||31,111.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||1,455.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||594.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||33,160.0 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.)
|Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)|
|Total RECs purchased||0 kWh|
|Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs||0.0 %|
|Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|REC verification program(s)||No information provided|
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
|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||4,512,634.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of laboratory space||178,682.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of health care space||0.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of residential space||1,102,863.0 sq ft|
|Total Student Enrollment (FTE)||12630.0|
|Full-time Commuter Students||8660|
|Part-time Commuter Students||3021|
|Other Contextual Data|
|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 only attached emissions calculator is for the Hattiesburg campus. Another CACP calculator spreadsheet contains emissions for our other teaching sites and is available upon request.
|Completed inventory narrative||No information provided|
|Completed inventory calculator||Download|