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Auraria Climate Action

Learn about the Auraria Campus' greenhouse gas footprint and how the ASCP plans to reduce it!

Climate Action Plan

During the month of April (Earth Month), the ASCP solicited feedback from the campus community on our Climate Action Plan (CAP) draft. The ASCP is working diligently to compile a CAP report that includes this valuable feedback with an expected publishing date at the end of June. To view a draft of this report, please see the PDF linked below.

To those who participated in the forum, thank you for your responses and contribution to the Auraria Campus!

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).

GHG REDUCTIONS & EMISSIONS

 

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.

Categorical Emissions

Data doesn't include CCD

Paper purchase, wastewater, AHEC fleet vehicles

BUILDING ENERGY

 

Emissions from Buildings/Energy Consumption (MTCO₂e)

COMMUTING

 

Commute Mode by Headcount

Walk

Students

2.10%

Faculty

4.40%

Staff

2.48%

All

2.21%

496,486 mi commuted

Bike

Students

4.00%

Faculty

7.40%

Staff

5.90%

All

4.23%

2,096,200 mi commuted

Carpool

Students

0.90%

Faculty

2.50%

Staff

1.86%

All

1.01%

1,275,326 mi commuted

Bus

Students

10.60%

Faculty

12.80%

Staff

15.22%

All

10.92%

13,778,829 mi commuted

Drive Alone

Students

29.10%

Faculty

36.00%

Staff

31.99%

All

29.53%

53,167,649 mi commuted

Light Rail

Students

53.20%

Faculty

36.90%

Staff

42.55%

All

52.00%

84,934,090 mi commuted