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Author:  matt_a [ Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:30 pm ]
Post subject:  University using the EIO-LCA model

I am a University of New Haven undergraduate, working on a carbon emissions footprint for the university. I was hoping to use the EIO-LCA model to get a rough estimate of the greenhouse gas emissions generated due to non-energy related purchases by the university or its affiliates. Here is a basic summary of how I have attempted to use your program so far:

1. Selected 2002 US Purchaser Price model
2. Selected "education and health care services" and "colleges, universities and junior colleges"
3. I was not sure of "the amount of economic activity for the sector" (should I enter the UNH total budget or some other UNH specific dollar value here, basically my goal is for your website to calculate an estimated footprint for the whole university of New Haven based on the dollar value I enter. From there I can weed out the emissions that
4. selected "greenhouse gases" for "catagory of results to display."

So my questions are as follows:
1. Am I correct in assuming that, for a university, the dollar value entered will generate an estimated carbon footprint along with how much of that footprint will come from various sectors of the economy?
2. What University of New Haven specific dollar value should I input into the EIO-LCA model?
3. Is there a way I can get EIOLCA to show only emission generated due to non- energy related purchases by the university, or should I just do that manually?

Clarification on these matters would be very helpful. The reason I want to account for the non-energy purchasing within the UNH carbon footprint is that doing so would correctly compensate for the negative footprint generated due to current municipal solid waste calculation methods.

Author:  hscottm [ Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:32 pm ]
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thanks for posting this note.

Easy answer is yes for #1 above. For #3 you can just download to excel and then hide/change rows or columns you do not want to use.

#2 is trickier.. In short we have not done much with service sectors like this. I would say there is no obvious easy answer to what the "right" input should be to the model.

What we would suggest in cases like this is to look at the BEA's official book on how output is calculated for the colleges and universities sector and then use that to try to calculate a good amount. Start by looking here and realize you may need to follow down references:


If you cant find a good answer, try emailing someone at BEA's input-output group..

Note though in the meantime, if you want to get some intermediate numbers going, putting the annual budget in is a good start.

Of course, please post here when you get a good answer via BEA.

Author:  matt_a [ Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:22 pm ]
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Thanks for your help. Update: Appendix R of the UC Berkeley emissions inventory has a detailed description/chart of how a University could use the EIOLCA tool to get a purchased goods and construction GHG Inventory. Available http://sustainability.berkeley.edu/calcap/ click the link for "2007 CalCAP feasibility study."

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