Learn about the Auraria Campus' ecological impact through our inventory.
A NOTE ON COVID-19
The ASCP is currently determining the best way to approach the climate action planning process with a sensitivity toward the global pandemic and its economic implications. Our climate action planning process will work to acknowledge and integrate our new financial reality into the Climate Action Plan and will likely prioritize projects that realize energy and financial savings via energy efficiency projects with a higher ROI and reasonable payback period.
AURARIA CAMPUS' CLIMATE CRISIS RESPONSE
In 2008, the three academic institutions comprising the Auraria campus signed the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) pledging to reduce campus emissions 20% (below 2008 levels) by 2020, 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. However, a 2018 special report from the IPCC suggests that more immediate and aggressive reductions are required to prevent catastrophic warming. The state of Colorado has passed a law calling for statewide reductions of 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050.
KEEPING TRACK OF OUR EMISSIONS
The 2019 GHG Inventory quantifies greenhouse gas emissions generated from activity pertaining to the Auraria campus over the course of fiscal year 2019 (July 2018 - June 2019). This page serves to help the Auraria campus community to visualize the scope and source of our campus' emissions.
Note: While this inventory is not completely exhaustive (as it does not include a full supply chain inventory, embodied energy, etc.), it depicts emissions for activities that Auraria has the most direct control over and fully encompasses the emissions we are asked to report on as a higher education institution (Scope I and II).
ACUPCC REDUCTION TARGETS (2008 BASELINE)
GHG reductions in FY2018 and 2019 are attributed nearly entirely by Xcel Energy's addition of renewable sources to the grid that supplies the Auraria Campus.
FY2020 is slated for a 18.5% reduction due to a 35% ownership of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) associated with the 2019 installation of the Auraria Library solar array. It offsets ≈2.5% campus electricity consumption.
Emissions from Buildings/Energy Consumption (MTCO₂e)
Commute Mode by Headcount
496,486 mi commuted
2,096,200 mi commuted
1,275,326 mi commuted
13,778,829 mi commuted
53,167,649 mi commuted
84,934,090 mi commuted