For this report, we conducted a small-scale life cycle assessment for the Department of Geography and the Environment. To supplement the scope of our results, we integrated case studies into our project that analyzed two commonly utilized products frequently purchased by our University: Coca-Cola PlantBottles and Hammermill Paper. The purpose of this project is to identify opportunities to reduce Scope 3 emissions associated with University purchasing habits.
While the scope of this report is limited, analysis of the department and the two case studies suggest the University should conduct a larger, more comprehensive supply chain assessment in the future to identify opportunities to increase efficiency and decrease overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from campus. We hope to encourage the University to pursue a strategy to reduce the Scope 3 emissions.
Paper prepared for the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar/Geography Capstone.
Landesberg, Celia J., and Erin E. Brady. "Assessing Scope 3 Emissions Within a University Department: Using a Life Cycle Assessment and Supply Chain Case Studies." Paper for Environmental Studies Senior Seminar/Geography Capstone, University of Richmond, April 25, 2014.