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Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Skidmore College's 2013 inventory quantifies the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributed to college-related activities during Skidmore’s fiscal year 2013 (June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013). This most recent inventory provides a point of comparison to the full inventory that was conducted for fiscal year 2009 (Campus Environment Committee, 2009) and to the baseline inventory from 2000. Our GHG inventory initiative is driven by Goal III (Informed, Responsible Citizenship) of Skidmore’s Strategic Plan, which states in part that Skidmore will “enhance our ability to function as a socially and environmentally responsible corporate citizen," and "make the Skidmore campus an environmental laboratory, increase our emphasis on responsible planning for sustainable operation and continue efforts to reduce the College's 'environmental footprint'."

One of our primary goals in this process is to establish snapshots of Skidmore’s GHG emissions to inform our carbon reduction goals and strategies and thereby contribute to our overall goals for sustainability.

The data collected was divided into 3 categories defined as Scopes. Scope 1 includes direct emissions from sources that are owned and controlled by the College(for example, combustion of natural gas).  Scope 2 includes indirect emissions resulting from the generation of purchased energy (for example, electricity), and Scope 3 includes indirect emissions that are a result of activities related to the College, but are not owned or controlled by the College (for example, employee commuting).  Scope 3 emission data is more difficult to collect and therefore is treated as a more approximate estimation than Scope 1 and 2.

During fiscal year 2013, Skidmore emitted approximately 16,972 MTCDE with 6,167 MTCDE in Scope 1, 5,719 MTCDE in Scope 2 and approximately 5,086 in Scope 3. Please click the menu to the right to download the full 2013 report.