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Carbon Footprint

Office of Sustainability

Chancellor Gilchrist

What is a carbon footprint?

A Carbon Footprint, or Greenhouse Gas inventory, is the sum of Carbon dioxide (Co2) that an organization or individual emits within a year through different activities such as driving a car, or heating a building. Co2 emissions are one of the identified causes of global warming and climate change.

ECSU'S Carbon Footprint

A Carbon Footprint is comprised of three scopes that are measured in metric tons. A 2011 study of ECSU's footprint provided the following results:

Scope 1 includes direct combustion of fossil fuels by equipment owned and controlled by ECSU such as boilers, chillers, furnaces, university-owned vehicles and lawn equipment, as well as freon used by HVAC equipment.

How did we do?

Purchased Natural Gas, Propane, and #2 Fuel - 3,033.0 metric tons of CO2e
Fuel consumed by University-owned Vehicles - 292.0 metric tons of CO2e
Freons used in HVAC equipment - 925.0 metric tons of CO2e

Scope 2 includes the electricity purchased to operate campus functions.

How did we do?

Purchased Electricity - 12,363.0 metric tons of CO2e

Scope 3 includes commuting by faculty, staff, and students to and from campus, business air travel, and solid waste sent to landfills.

How did we do?

Commuting - 2,742.0 metric tons of CO2e
Air Travel - 669.0 metric tons of CO2e
Solid Waste - 40.0 metric tons of CO2e

Pie Chart

Total Co2 emissions for 2011: 20,169.16 metric tons

How do we compare?

According to AASHE, the average carbon footprint of reported universities is 14,898.1 metric tons of Co2. We emit about 6 more metric tons of Co2 than neighboring institutions in electricity-Scope 2.

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