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Energy Usage and Emissions Inventory

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Sustainable Energy Education

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

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22.566.1 - 22.566.10



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Robert Chasnov Cedarville University

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Mark is an Assistant Professor of Biology and heads the Environmental Science program at Cedarville. Bob is a Professor of Engineering and has been presenting the need for his mechanical engineering students to understand climate change.

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Energy Usage and Emissions InventoryMaintaining a 400-acre campus which supports the education of 3000 students requires energy.Data was gathered from across campus in order to develop an energy usage and emissionsinventory. Inventory inputs included stationary consumption (burning of natural gas to supplyheat), electricity purchased, campus vehicle usage (gasoline consumption), commuter vehicleusage (faculty and staff only), and transportation and distribution (T&D) expenses. Whereas thestudent population has increased by only 8% since 2000, the dollar amount budgeted for energyexpenses on campus has risen by 50% over the same time period.Emissions from the various energy inputs were analyzed. In 2007, electricity purchased from thelocal utility company accounted for 74% of the campus energy usage. Since the university doesnot have direct control over which fuel is being used to provide this needed electricity and sinceCongress is currently debating “Cap and Trade” legislation, it behooves the university to take aserious look at its energy conservation practices.Recommendations to the university administration include the following: (1) line-item the energycost to students as a part of their bills, (2) increase the rate of replacing older equipment withhigh-efficiency units, (3) develop a plan for becoming carbon-neutral by a specified date in thefuture, and (4) sponsor a project which integrates environmental, business, engineering, andtechnical writing majors to produce a “Green Guide” for the campus.

Chasnov, R. (2011, June), Energy Usage and Emissions Inventory Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17847

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