SDSU has completed the Implementation Profile, initial GHG Inventory, and the 2017 Climate Action Plan. SDSU has now entered the implementation and tracking phase, moving campus toward a carbon free future.
Additional information about SDSU and other campuses can be found on the Second Nature Reporting System.
The majority of campus emissions are Scope 1 and 2 also known as operational emissions. The primary contributor is from the co-generation plant, which provides electricity and steam to campus, while a smaller portion is from other natural gas burned on campus and purchased electricity. Most of the remaining emissions are from students, faculty, and staff, commuting to campus. SDSU has committed to operational carbon neutrality by 2040 and full carbon neutrality by 2050.
Operational emissions increased by nearly 60% from 1990 to 2015, primarily driven by growth. Normalized to gross square footage, campus carbon intensity dropped during this time period.
In 2019, two students (Christi Yip and Victoria Lawless) adapted the UN Habitat Toolkit for City Climate Action Plans for universities. Using this framework, they completed a review of the SDSU Climate Action Plan. Their framework has now been approved for use across the United States.