One of the first steps toward reducing the campus carbon footprint is to know the source and amount of current greenhouse gas emissions. This enables us to establish a baseline for further comparison, to assist with setting reduction targets and to prioritize projects. ETSU's most recent Greenhouse Gas Inventory was completed in 2013.
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Percentage of emissions per Scope tabulated with the following results:
Scope 1 Sources: Directly Controlled Emissions:
Created by entity's operations or entity-owned assets. These include natural gas, coal, oil, and gasoline use. These sources are primarily used to heat and cool the buildings and to operate the university fleet.
Scope 2 Sources: Indirectly Controlled Emissions:
This is purchased electricity. ETSU does not produce any electricity on campus.
Scope 3 Sources: Commuting, Travel, Etc.:
This is an estimate of fuel consumed by students, faculty, and staff as they commute to and from campus.
When comparing the total building energy use by fuel source, almost 84% of our greenhouse emissions were produced to provide electrical power to the buildings. This includes electricity for lights, computers, appliances, etc. Why is this important? Each of us can make a dramatic difference by conserving the amount of electricity we use. Simple acts like turning off computer peripherals when not in use, turning off lights when you are the last one to leave a room, unplugging phone chargers, consolidating appliances in departments, etc. can make a huge difference in the overall campus footprint.