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Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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Denison University
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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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 No
Commuting No
Purchased goods and services No
Capital goods No
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 No
Waste generated in operations Yes

Does the institution's GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from other categories?:
No

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

Denison collects data from utility bills and uses conversion factors provided by the US EPA for our region to determine GHG emissions. In addition, Denison utilizes the Clean Air Cool Planet GHG calculator as a comparison.


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:

The Sustainability Committee operates independently of the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Services. This entity validates and verifies this data which is shared with them by Facilities Services.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 6906 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 12718 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 14537 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 13807 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:

The College has a voluntary carbon offset program. Employees and students of the College can make a donation to offset their carbon related to trips. These donations will go directly toward planting new trees at the Denison University Biological Reserve and new trees for the Campus Arboretum.


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 2119 2021
Number of residential employees 10 4
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 2151 2099
Full-time equivalent of employees 671 576
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2004 June 30, 2005

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

The 2005 baseline year is the year we used when signing the Presidents' Climate Commitment and it represents one of the first years where we have complete and accurate GHG data for the college.


Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1900250 Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 45788 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 7500 Square Feet

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year::
Emissions
Business travel ---
Commuting ---
Purchased goods and services ---
Capital goods ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 ---
Waste generated in operations 2151 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the sources included in Scope 3 GHG emissions from "other categories":
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A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
The website URL where the GHG emissions inventory is posted:
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A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Denison made the decision to stop burning coal in its central heating plant at the start of the 2014 academic year.

In 2011 Denison developed its first green revolving loan fund and to date has completed 70 energy efficiency projects and invested over $2 million into the fund.


Gross floor area is 1,900,250 square feet and includes a parking garage. Conditioned floor area is 1,831,650 square feet.

Denison maintains an internal password protected website where most of this information resides. Public access web pages have limited information on this topic.

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