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Go Green

Fitchburg State University is working with Sightlines, Inc. to assess and report on our GHG emissions through a project called Go Green. The university completed its first official inventory as part of the ACUPCC requirement during Summer 2008. The inventory includes several prior years for benchmarking purposes. Each year the university updates its inventory to document performance regarding emissions on the Fitchburg State Campus.

GHG Summary – our progress toward reducing GHG emissions during the past nine years.

Bar graph of GHG Summary by Scope from 2004 to 2012

GHG emissions are broken into three distinct areas or scopes. These include:

  • Scope 1- refers to direct GHG emissions occurring from sources that are owned or controlled by the institution, including: on-campus stationary combustion of fossil fuels; mobile combustion of fossil fuels by institution owned/controlled vehicles; and "fugitive" emissions.
  • Scope 2 refers to indirect emissions generated in the production of electricity consumed by the institution.
  • Scope 3 refers to all other indirect emissions - those that are a consequence of the activities of the institution, such as commuting and travel, solid waste and water consumption.

The next three charts show our performance over the last nine years in each of these areas.

Bar chart of GHG Emissions - Scope 1 UtilitiesBar chart of GHG Emissions - Scope 2 Utilities

Bar chart of GHG Emissions - Commuting

Fitchburg State's profile indicates that the biggest sources of our emissions are:

  • Scope 1, primarily fossil fuel combustion for heat and hot water
  • Scope 3, primarily caused by university faculty, staff, and student commuting.

The campus is developing and evaluating strategies to reduce emissions from each of these scopes.

Pie chart of GHG Emissions by Function in 2012

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