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CMNH Greenhouse gas emissions inventory

GreenCityBlueLake completed a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the Museum in 2008. Below are the results.

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Background

Electricity accounts for approximately 65% of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's carbon footprint each year. In 2008, the Museum consumed around 3.5 million kWh, averaging just over 13kWh/sq foot/year. The fuel mix used to supply our electricity results in a blended rate of approximately 1.82 pounds of CO2 per kWh, so our resulting footprint from electricity last year was roughly 6.37 million pounds or 3185 short tons of CO2 (not including transmission losses).

Examples

We tracked a number of devices throughout the Museum by using an portable electricity meter. You can see our results here - "Understanding how much energy we use."

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