What does Bentley's Carbon Footprint Look Like?

Bentley's Carbon Footprint 2012/2013

A carbon footprint is the measure of the total number of greenhouse gases released by an organization/business/country in one year. Each year the Office of Sustainability provides Sightlines, LLC with data on campus operations for the calculation of the university's carbon footprint.  Sightlines, LLC uses data (such as electricity and natural gas use and airline miles traveled associated with university business) to calculate Bentley's annual carbon footprint using the Clean Air Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator. 


We've broken down Bentley's FY2012 carbon footprint to show which operations generate greenhouse gases on our campus.  As can be seen from the graphic, electricity use in campus buildings is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases at Bentley.


The final carbon footprint analysis for FY2012 (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012) is complete and the results show a 10% decline in greenhouse gas emissions as compared to FY2008 (the baseline year).  Bentley's greenhouse gas emissions for FY2012 are the lowest since 2004 despite an 8% increase in campus space.  Check out our Energy page to learn more about how we are acheiving these reductions.