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Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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California State University, Northridge
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Austin Eriksson
Sustainability Program Manager
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Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include all Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions?:
Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include all Scope 3 GHG emissions from any of the following categories?:
Yes or No
Business travel Yes
Commuting Yes
Purchased goods and services No
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes
Waste generated in operations No

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from other categories?:
Yes

A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:

The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions report for California State University,
Northridge was prepared in accordance with the standards established by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and adopted by the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The inventory was done using the Excel-based version of Clean Air – Cool Planet’s Campus Carbon Calculator, CPCC (v6.75). Emissions are divided into Scopes 1, 2 and 3 as defined by those standards. Data for Scopes 1 and 2 are complete for this time period and have been taken from Monthly Energy Reports (MERs), prepared by the campus energy manager and submitted to the Chancellor’s Office. These include all fuel and electricity purchases for use on-site and in campus fleet vehicles and equipment. Data for Scope 3 emissions, which are those for the university is indirectly responsible, such as commuting and business travel, are incomplete for this time period and have been extrapolated from available data.


Has the GHG emissions inventory been validated internally by personnel who are independent of the GHG accounting and reporting process and/or verified by an independent, external third party?:
Yes

A brief description of the internal and/or external verification process:
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Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 8705 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 13657 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 25736 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 24200 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine total carbon offsets::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Institution-catalyzed carbon offsets generated 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon sequestration due to land that the institution manages specifically for sequestration 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from on-site composting 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the institution-catalyzed carbon offsets program:
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A brief description of the carbon sequestration program and reporting protocol used:
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A brief description of the composting and carbon storage program:
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A brief description of the purchased carbon offsets, including third party verifier(s) and contract timeframes:
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Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2703 1360
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 34397.50 24968.50
Full-time equivalent of employees 3802 2475
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 2850 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 1990 Dec. 31, 1990

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted:

California implemented the legally binding Global Warming Solutions Act
3 (AB32) in 2006, which commits the state to reducing its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and by an additional 80 percent by 2050.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
6025060 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 387621 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel 3020 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 48372 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the sources included in Scope 3 GHG emissions from "other categories":

Travel requisition logs were available for 2010-2013. Because of a lack of data on transportation mode, for the purpose of this report an assumption is made that travel within 200 miles of CSUN is most likely in a car, and travel beyond that is via a plane. To compute vehicle and flight miles the destination locations were mapped in a Geographic Information System (GIS) using the Batchgeo website to geocode all destinations.

Commuting emissions also fall under Scope 3 and are estimated from a 2010 campus
commuting survey which recorded affiliation (student, faculty or staff), mode of transport, average number of trips to campus per week and round trip mileage. The results of the survey, which gained 2,264 responses, were extrapolated to the entire campus population to generate campus-wide emission estimates for 2010. For previous and subsequent years calculations assume the same per capita patterns (mode of transport, average number of trips per week, round trip mileage) but with year-appropriate student, faculty and staff headcounts and fuel efficiencies from the U.S. Department of Transportation.


A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
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The website URL where the GHG emissions inventory is posted:
A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

CSUN has made efforts in the following GHG reduction initiative: onsite solar generation, Fuel Cell, energy conservation measures, composting, increased diversion rate, etc.


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