Measuring & Reporting Dickinson's Emissions
Dickinson measures and reports its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). We produced 19,342 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MT eCO2) in fiscal year 2016 (July ’15-June ’16). Carbon dioxide equivalent incorporates emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other greenhouse gases. We produce 10 MT eCO2 per 1000 square feet of building space or 9.03 MT eCO2 per full-time student. We offset 43%, 8,266 MT eCO2, of our emissions by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) that finance wind-generated electricity and reduce emissions from the electric utility sector. Overall, we produced 11,035 MT eCO2 of net greenhouse gases.
These figures compare favorably to the average of 4-year undergraduate colleges that report GHG emissions to the ACUPCC. But we have a lot of work ahead of us to meet our commitment to reach zero net emissions.
Dickinson’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions is purchases of electricity from the grid. We purchase 19,748,292 kWh of electricity from a provider who generates most of their electricity using coal (43%) and natural gas (18%), that result in 9,064 MT eCO2 emissions. Our next largest sources of GHG emissions are on-campus combustion of natural gas and oil (26%), air travel including study abroad and faculty and staff work trips (11%), and employee commuting (9%). We are using this information to guide our efforts towards our 2020 carbon neutrality target. For example, we are going to reduce our dependence on grid-purchased electricity by doing a campus-wide LED-lighting retrofit and installing a 3,000,000 kWh solar installation to the west of campus.
Dickinson greenhouse gas emissions (total & net) in respect to 2020 climate action target.