Carbon Footprint Background
In the fall of 2008, the University of New Haven decided it would be important to calculate its Carbon Footprint as one method to assess campus sustainability. Sodexo’s education partner, The Loyalton Group, offered to create a provisional and baseline carbon footprint for the University for fiscal year 2008-2009, and delivered that footprint to the University of New Haven in the fall of 2009. During the summer of 2010, Civil Engineering junior, Matt Altonji, validated the footprint as part of his summer undergraduate research (SURF) project. The following carbon footprint report is based upon Loyalton’s initial findings and adjustments made by Matt Altonji, under the direction of Amy Thompson, Assistant Professor of System Engineering in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, based upon new findings and clarifications in data and processes at UNH.
Discussion of Results and Future Directions
Preliminary analysis of the University of New Haven GHG Emissions Inventory indicates that greenhouse gas emissions for the fiscal year 2008 add up to 7,169 MTCDE or 1.77 MTCDE/student based upon a student population of 4,047 full time students. Of this total amount, the largest contributor to the GHG emissions for UNH is due to purchased electricity. Approximately 4,101.9 MTCDE, or 57.21% of total emissions consists of purchased electricity along with an additional 405.7 MTCDE, or 5.66% of emissions consisting of Scope 2 T&D emissions related to delivering the purchased electricity to campus. This was followed by 2,601.8 MTCDE, or 36.29%, of total emissions from on- campus natural gas combustion used for heating and hot water. Finally, university owned vehicles and refrigerant leakage accounted for 55.2 and 5.4 MTCDE, respectively, or less than 1% of total emissions.
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