GHG Report for Seattle University
Submitted on September 14, 2009; last updated on January 10, 2012
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)||5,129 metric tons of CO2e||0.9 metric tons of CO2e||2.4 metric tons of CO2e||3%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||24,458 metric tons of CO2e||4.5 metric tons of CO2e||11.4 metric tons of CO2e||1%|
|Net emissions||24,287 metric tons of CO2e||4.4 metric tons of CO2e||11.3 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||July 1, 2008|
|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.
Clean Air Cool Planet was used as it was developed for higher education institutions.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
Seattle U used two sources: the CA-CP Campus Carbon Calculator's default emissions coefficients and actual fuel mix from the Seattle City Lights website. (In 2009, the coefficient for electricity was modified to reflect actual fuel mix, as stated on the Seattle City Lights website http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/light/FuelMix/.)
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||Third Assessment Report|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||Sustainability office staff|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
Raw data was compiled and gathered by the Campus Sustainability Manager and the Assistant Director of Facilities. Data was compiled into tracking sheets which were verified by the Assistant Director of Facilities, Director of Facilities Operations, and Campus Sustainability Manager. The raw data was audited by a third party consultant. Once approved, data was entered into the CACP and reviewed by the Assistant Director and AVP of 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.
Certain Scope III transportation emissions (rentals) had not previously been tracked, but were assessed for the relative magnitude of their emissions. Actual data was not obtained and not included. However, emissions were estimated based on expenditure and determined as not likely to be significant. This data is planned to be directly tracked in the future.
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||3,402.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||125.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||4.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||3,531.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||206.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Purchased Heating||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Purchased Cooling||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Purchased Steam||1,392.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 2 emissions||1,598.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||8,129.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||10,985.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||215.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||19,329.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||No information provided|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||No information provided|
|Carbon offsets purchased||122.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Offset verification program(s)||Green-e|
Description of offsets purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
|Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)|
|Total RECs purchased||2841400 kWh|
|Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs||15.0 %|
|Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs||31.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|REC verification program(s)||Green-e|
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
RECs are purchased from Seattle City Light Green Up Program for wind power and other renewable energy projects in the Northwest.
|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||18.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||2,142,930.0 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)||5480.0|
|Residential Students||No information provided|
|Full-time Commuter Students||No information provided|
|Part-time Commuter Students||2080|
|Non-Credit Students||No information provided|
|Part-time Faculty||No information provided|
|Part-time Staff||No information provided|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Heating Degree Days||4801|
|Cooling Degree Days||189|
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.
The switch from the CA-CP default to the Seattle City Lights for actual fuel mix decreased emissions attributed to electricity.
|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.
Raw data was audited by a 3rd party consultant,the Campus Sustainability Manager, the Assistant Director of Facilities Operations and the Director of Facilities Operations.