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Greenhouse gas inventory

Skidmore College's 2016 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory quantifies the amount of greenhouse gases released from college-related activities between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016. This report is Skidmore’s fourth GHG inventory and serves as a point of comparison to our 2000 baseline report and the College’s 2009 and 2013 GHG inventories. For consistency and comparability, the authors of this report continued to mirror the framework and language of previous reports. We acknowledge the authors of the 2009 and 2013 reports and those that completed the College’s 2000 baseline inventory, including the Campus Sustainability Subcommittee (formerly the Campus Environment Committee) and the Loyalton Group. We also appreciate the support we received from Sightlines while conducting this inventory.

Goal IV of Skidmore’s strategic plan, Creating Pathways to Excellence: The Plan for Skidmore College, 2015-2025, embraces the responsible management of our natural resources and affirms a “more comprehensive definition of sustainability that includes the interconnected spheres of the environment, the economy, and society.” Our holistic understanding of sustainability reinforces the connections between sustainability and other core goals of the plan, including integrative excellence, inclusion, and health and well-being. We believe that measuring and tracking Skidmore’s GHG emissions demonstrates our continued commitment to sustainability and fosters a sense of collective responsibility as we examine current actions and seek solutions to minimize emissions across college operations.

The data collected was divided into three categories defined as scopes.Scope 1 includes direct emissions from sources that are owned and controlled by the college (e.g., combustion of natural gas).Scope 2 includes indirect emissions resulting from the generation of purchased energy (e.g., 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 (e.g., employee commuting).Scope 3 emission data is more difficult to collect and therefore is treated as a more approximate estimation than scopes 1 and 2.

During the fiscal year of 2016, Skidmore College emitted approximately 19,023 MTCDE. Scope 1 sources contributed 5,340 MTCDE, Scope 2 contributed 4,206 MTCDE, and Scope 3 contributed about 9,477 MTCDE. Skidmore’s student-run apartment composting program contributed to 1.76 MTCDE reduction in net emissions. Please click the menu at left to download the full 2016 report.