Establishing a carbon emissions baseline for Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Buildings

Kyle A. Riding, Wai K. Chong, David Carter, Julia Keen, Bobb Stokes, Ramesh Sreerama, Vamshi Vemula, Sreedurga Kona

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Abstract

Climate change concerns, pending regulations, and potential legislation have made federal agencies begin to consider their carbon footprints in planning and policies. In the future, the state of Kansas may have to report and account for its carbon footprint and propose solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by conserving energy and water. As a large state agency, the carbon footprint of the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is a major contributor to the Kansas state government carbon footprint. A research project was begun in 2010 to establish a baseline carbon use footprint for KDOT. Establishing a Carbon baseline for KDOT assets involves three essential steps that include data collection, data assumptions and conversion to carbon equivalents for many facets of DOT operations, including the electrical, natural gas, and potable water use. Utility data was collected for the DOT engineering, maintenance, and operations facilities. This paper documents the methods used and challenges for collecting and establishing the utility energy and carbon footprint for a large organization with hundreds of facilities, along with the carbon footprint calculation methods used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICSDC 2011
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction 2011
Pages18-24
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 12 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction 2011: Integrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry, ICSDC 2011 - Kansas City, MO, United States
Duration: Mar 23 2011Mar 25 2011

Publication series

NameICSDC 2011: Integrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction 2011

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction 2011: Integrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry, ICSDC 2011
CountryUnited States
CityKansas City, MO
Period3/23/113/25/11

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Keywords

  • Emissions
  • Kansas
  • Transportation management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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Riding, K. A., Chong, W. K., Carter, D., Keen, J., Stokes, B., Sreerama, R., Vemula, V., & Kona, S. (2012). Establishing a carbon emissions baseline for Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Buildings. In ICSDC 2011: Integrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction 2011 (pp. 18-24). (ICSDC 2011: Integrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction 2011). https://doi.org/10.1061/41204(426)3