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. 

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's emissions

IUPUI Sustainability has been tracking the univeristy's GHG emissions since fiscal year 2015, and this data is updated annually. 

IUPUI utilizes SIMAP (Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform) to track its emissions.  The SIMAP platform was designed by and for higher education and is tailored to university emission sources.  

The results of IUPUI's GHG analysis can be viewed on each STARS report

University Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dashboard

Indiana University's Climate Action Planning Committee website features a live greenhouse gas emissions dashboard displaying the most up to date data on our university-wide and campus-specific carbon emissions. Here is a snapshot of IUPUI's most recent GHG data: 

View the live dashboard here.