Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.98
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dickinson College
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Neil Leary
Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory within the previous three years that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :
Yes

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

Dickinson College uses the Sustainability Indicator Management & Analysis Platform (SIMAP) for calculating its greenhouse gas emissions. SIMAP is an online carbon calculator managed by the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute that is recommended by Second Nature for colleges and universities that are signatories of its Carbon Commitment (formerly called the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment). It is the carbon calculator most widely used by U.S. colleges and universities. SIMAP incorporates and applies the methodologies of the GHG Protocol Initiative.

As a signatory of Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment, we follow their guidelines, which require reporting all Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions plus Scope 3 emissions for employee commuting and employee travel that is directly financed by the college. In addition to the required emissions categories, Dickinson voluntarily includes in our footprint estimated emissions from paper purchases, landfilled waste, wastewater treatment, transmission and distribution losses from purchased electric power, and our students’ study abroad air travel.


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 GHG inventory verification process:

Dickinson's GHG inventory was reviewed and verified by staff of the University of New Hampshire's Sustainability Institute. Dickinson staff met with UNHSI staff via Zoom on Feb 24, 2021 to discuss the inventory and data anomalies. All questions raised in the review have been addressed and responses documeted.


Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:
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Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 3,770.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 304.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
4,075 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year (market-based):
Weight in MTCO2e
Imported electricity 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year:
0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross GHG emissions from biogenic sources, performance year:
0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Does the GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from the following sources?:
Yes or No Weight in MTCO2e
Business travel Yes 666.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting Yes 836 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services Yes 102.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods No ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes 252 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations Yes 56.90 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources Yes 1,463.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
3,377.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of how the institution accounted for its Scope 3 emissions:

Other Scope 3 emissions include study abroad travel (1448.6 MTCDE) and wastewater treatement (14.6 MTCDE). Study abroad travel trips and distances are obtained from Dickinson's Center for Global Study and Engagement; total miles traveled by air for study abroad are input to SIMAP to calculate emissions. Volume of waste water treated is obtained from water utility bills; input to SIMAP to calculate emissions.


Has the institution completed an inventory within the previous three years to quantify its air pollutant emissions?:
Yes

Annual weight of emissions for::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 6.45 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 4.32 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 14.36 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.26 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0.00 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 0.00 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 0.19 Tons

Do the air pollutant emissions figures provided include the following sources?:
Yes or No
Major stationary sources Yes
Area sources No
Mobile sources Yes
Commuting Yes
Off-site electricity production Yes

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:

Annual emissions of air pollutants from Dickinson College activities are estimated for the period 2008 through 2020. The estimated emissions include the criteria air pollutants nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter (PM), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and lead as well as emissions of mercury. Emission sources include stationary sources, which combust natural gas and distillate oil for heating the campus, mobile sources, which combust transportation fuels for college travel and employee commuting, and offsite sources that combust various fuels to generate the electricity purchased by the college. Emissions are estimated using data for each of these activities and average emission factors. Estimates of emissions from transportation exclude air and train travel.

Emission factors for Dickinson’s stationary sources are derived from the USEPA’s Technology Transfer Network Clearinghouse for Inventories & Emissions Factors database. The factors selected from the EPA database correspond to characteristics of boilers in Dickinson’s central energy plant, which produce steam and chilled water to heat and cool two-thirds of the buildings on campus, a more efficient system for heating and cooling buildings than using individual boilers and condensers. The boilers are dual-fuel 800 horsepower external combustion boilers equipped with flue gas recirculation and low NOx burners to control emissions of air pollutants. Because it is both less costly and less polluting, the boilers are run on natural gas most of the time.

Emission factors for mobile sources are derived from the USEPA’s MOtor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) and were provided by Michael Baker International, a contractor for the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission that serves Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. Emission factors for offsite purchased electricity in the RFC East region are derived from the USEPA’s Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID).

Air emissions inventory can be accessed here: https://www.dickinson.edu/info/20052/sustainability/3599/air_pollution_emissions_inventory.


Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity (location-based):
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Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy (location-based) :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s emissions inventories is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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