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Projects Updates for Topic: emissions

  1. Archived info - previous project description

    Energy conservation is considered the easiest and most cost-effective way to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Opportunities for conservation on campus are great. In order to reduce emissions, the Climate Action Plan has laid out potential energy savings on campus in areas such as lighting, building commissioning, fume hoods, behavioral change and incentives, and information technology. All of these areas are prospective energy saving components and can contribute to a more sustainable campus.

    More specifically, the iCAP said the University would implement decentralized energy billing at the college level in 2011, attain a 30 percent reduction in total building energy use (excluding the National Petascale Computing Facility) by fiscal year 2020 as compared to fiscal year 2008, and attain a 30 percent reduction in associated building related emissions. The iCAP also said that appropriate maintenance levels would be allocated to ensure that energy reductions are sustained.

  2. Calculation of air travel emissions

    To get air travel emissions, miles must be entered into the Clean Air-Cool Planet calculator. Mileage data is not tracked for our campus. So, I request air travel dollar data from OBFS.  This number has become more reliable in recent years because of the T-card implementation. Air travel dollars are converted into miles using the passenger yield (fares per mile) data from Airlines for America. 

  3. Transportation Emission files

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello Transportation SWATeam,

    Per our discussion today, here are a couple of files and links.

    1. The most recent version of the Clean Air Cool Planet emissions calculator.
    2. Excerpts from the calculator as related to transportation emissions.  Note the tab called “data for average commute” explains the current math for the average commute distance. 
    3. 2007 mode-choice survey details:
    4. 2011 mode-choice survey details:

    Both of the mode choice surveys were done in completely different ways and not exactly for the purpose we are using them.  It would probably be good to develop a survey specifically for this calculation purpose that can be administered by the UI in future years.



  4. emissions from waste question

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello SWATeam,

    Can we talk about the GHG emissions from waste being sent to the landfill(s) please?  Take a look at this complicated emissions calculator.

    The Input screen shows that the landfilled waste is going to a methane capture landfill (“Brickyard”).  The “ACUPCC Reporting” screen shows that emissions from solid waste is NEGATIVE 172 MT CO2e. 

    I wonder.  How much of the methane is actually collected at that landfill?