Purchased Goods and Services
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At Stanford, the Purchased Goods and Services category comprises all university purchases, except for travel and construction, which are accounted for in the Business Travel and Construction categories, respectively.
In order to get a high level understanding of the magnitude of emissions in this category, a carbon footprint tool from Sievo was used to quantify emissions per dollar spent in 1,065 Stanford-defined categories.
Stanford is working on improving its methodology in applicable sub-categories, such as food and IT hardware, and may report those emissions separately in the future.