Scholarly Horizons: University of Minnesota, Morris Undergraduate Journal


The University of Minnesota Morris is well known for its commitment to sustainability. As a part of this commitment, the UMN Morris Office of Sustainability tracks and analyzes campus energy production, consumption and efficiency and summarizes this information as a carbon footprint. A carbon footprint combines all available greenhouse gas emissions data attributed to the institution from three categories: direct emissions from institution-owned or operated processes (Scope 1), indirect emissions related to the purchase of utilities (Scope 2), and indirect emissions from sources not owned by the institution but associated with its function (Scope 3). This project was an effort to calculate the annual UMN Morris carbon footprint for the past 15 years (2005 - 2020) using a new, standardized carbon calculator while refining data collection methods and expanding the number of variables included in the calculations. The culmination of these carbon footprints demonstrates the impact of renewable energy projects over the past 15 years while highlighting sources of emissions that require further action.