Greenhouse gas inventory
The 2019 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory quantifies the amount of greenhouse gases released from college-related activities between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019. Reporting GHG emissions is an important part of Skidmore’s broader efforts to address climate change. Although assessments like this do not reduce emissions, they allow Skidmore to determine the efficacy of ongoing mitigation strategies and inform future decisions to reduce our carbon footprint.
Skidmore’s GHG mitigation efforts align with our goals and values described in Skidmore’s strategic plan, Creating Pathways to Excellence: The Plan for Skidmore College, 2015-2025. Skidmore’s holistic understanding of sustainability reinforces the connections between the pillars of the plan, including integrative excellence, inclusion, and health and well-being, and sustainability. Skidmore’s continued investment in sustainability, including measuring and tracking Skidmore’s GHG emissions, demonstrates our longstanding commitment to sustainability, environmental justice, and helps to foster a sense of collective responsibility as we examine the impact of current actions and seek solutions to minimize emissions across operations.
During the 2019 Fiscal Year (June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019), Skidmore College emitted approximately 17,356 MTCDE* gross, and 17,354 MTCDE net. Scope 1 sources contributed 5,845 MTCDE, Scope 2 contributed 2,321 MTCDE, and Scope 3 contributed about 9,190 MTCDE. Skidmore’s apartment composting program and the Dining Hall composting program offset 2.28 MTCDE. It is important to note that the calculations for Scope 3 are less accurate than the calculations for Scopes 1 and 2 because Scope 3 sources are not directly controlled nor regulated by the college, and therefore harder to track.
*Metric Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
Tracking Progress toward 2025 GHG Reduction Goal
A comparison of current emissions to our 2000 emissions levels show a 52% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 GHG from normalized 2000 levels. Please download the full report for more detail about emissions by source.