This report tracks the anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or carbon footprint, for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) campus for the fiscal years 2009 to 2018. It provides details concerning the trend of UNCG’s greenhouse gas emissions dating back to 2009, the year UNCG first conducted an inventory and the year the University considers to be its baseline by which the University measures its progress in becoming carbon neutral by 2050 – a goal stated in the University’s Climate Action Plan adopted in 2013.
Since 2009, UNCG has constructed more than a dozen new buildings, adding over 1.2 million combined square feet, and has enrolled approximately 2,600 more students by 2018. Additionally, the frequency and intensity to which average daily temperatures rise above 65 degrees Fahrenheit continues to pose a challenge, as rising temperatures increase the need to use HVAC systems on campus. Over the last 18 years, the average number of annual cooling degree days in the Triad region increased by 21% (13% since 2009), with average annual heating degree days becoming more erratic.
Despite those trends, thanks to UNCG’s commitments to improving its energy data analysis capabilities and to designing new buildings to United States Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standards, the University has decreased its overall carbon footprint by 8%, and achieved a decrease of 24% MTeCO2 per 1000 gross square feet and a decrease of 18% MTeCO2 per weighted campus user since 2009.
The full FY09-18 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report provides more details concerning the calculation method used, GHG scope categorizations, other aspects of UNCG's carbon footprint, the sources and trends of Duke Energy's electricity generation, and additional infographics.
For more information about the Greenhouse Effect and the processes of Global Warming and Climate Change, please read UNCG's original Greenhouse Gas Inventory conducted for the fiscal year 2009. More information about the differences in the two calculation processes is provided in the FY18 report.