Air + Emissions

Mitigating IUPUI's greenhouse gas emissions

IUPUI's master plan committed the campus to a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050.  IUPUI Sustainability - and all representative bodies of the campus - IUPUI Faculty Council, IUPUI Staff Council, IUPUI Graduate and Professional Student Government, and IUPUI Undergraduate Student Government - have called on the univerity to commit to carbon neutrality by 2040.  This deadline is ahead of what is recommended by the most recent climate science consensus as presented by the IPCC. 

To achieve these emission reduction targets, IUPUI Sustainability conducts an annual greehouse gas (GHG) emissions assessment of the university's footprint.  This analysis includes complete emissions from Scope 1 and 2, as well as data that is readily available from Scope 3.

Types of carbon emissions

Scope 1

Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from sources owned or controlled by IUPUI.  Emission sources in this category include fuel burned by campus vehicles, fertilizer used on our grounds, emissions from animals, and natural gas distribution.

Scope 2

Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by IUPUI. Emissions sources in this category include purchased electricity, chilled water and steam.

Scope 3

Scope 3 emissions are from sources not owned or directly controlled by IUPUI, but related to campus activities.  Emission sources in this category include fuel burned by those commuting to campus, all types of university business travel, purchased items, and emissions from contracted waste disposal and wastewater treatment.

IUPUI Sustainability

IUPUI Sustainability
Lockefield Village, Room 4408
980 Indiana Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202