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Energy

BGSU's carbon emissions are reported in three subgroups - called scopes.

  • Scope 1 Emissions - "Direct Emissions" make up 23% of BGSU's carbon emissions, which includes the direct burning of fossil-fuel on campus through the natural-gas heating plant, transportation, and refrigerants.
  • Scope 2 Emissions - "Upstream Emissions" make up 50% of BGSU's carbon emissions, which includes the carbon emissions from the purchased electricity BGSU uses. BGSU does not create its own electricity but purchases it from the City of Bowling Green. BGSU's purchased electricity contributes to half of the overall carbon emissions for the University.
  • Scope 3 Emissions - "Miscellaneous Emissions" make up 27% of BGSU's carbon emissions, which include emissions from a variety of sources such as student, staff, and faculty commuting, study abroad travel, and the disposal of solid waste and waste water.

Information is obtained from the Climate Action Plan in fullfilment of the Presidents' Climate Commitment.

Overall Goal for Reduction of Emissions from Energy

"In the short term, BGSU’s goal is to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions through the conservation of energy. This includes reducing fuels used on campus (natural gas for heating, and fleet fuel), and reducing purchased electricity, (which currently carries a significant amount of emissions with it due to its primary source being coalfired power plants.While conserving these non-renewables, we will begin to determine all options available for purchase or creation of renewable energy, with a long-term goal, ultimately, of transitioning to complete use of renewable energy sources."
- BGSU's Climate Action Plan, 2015

For more detailed information on BGSU's carbon emission profile and the detailed steps to reduce the emissions, please view the publically accepted Climate Action Plan.


Green Spotlight

Oaks Solar Panels

Oaks Solar Panels

The Oaks Solar Panels have so far produced 6.69 MWh of electricity in 2013 saving 4.6 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted and contributing to climate change!   View the live energy production

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

FNL completed another year of turning off 28,530 lights, saving the University about $7,700 in electricity costs! Since 2010, FNL has saved the University $71,200!   More Info

Grant

Grant

BGSU recieved an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the Ohio Department of Development for $911,658 to upgrade the lighting, heating, ventilation and air-condition system in Hayes Hall as well as other ECM measures.
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