Graphs Instructions

SIMAP offers many ways to view your data:

Results tab

This is where you can view more detailed data and interact with the data (e.g., normalizations). The views are:

  • The Gross Footprint graph shows your gross emissions, sinks, biogenic emissions, and non-additional sequestration all on one graph.
  • The Net Footprint graph shows your campus' net footprint (i.e., gross emissions minus sinks). Scopes =
  • The Scopes graph shows your gross emissions organized by scope. Sinks are not included.
  • The Categories graph (higher ed) shows your gross emissions organized by category (e.g., stationary fuels) for sources relevant for educational institutions (e.g., student commuting, cogen facilities). Sinks are not included.
  • The Categories graph (GHG Protocol) shows your gross emissions organized by GHG Protocol category. Sinks are not included.
  • The Gas/pollutant graph shows your gross emissions organized by gas/pollutant (e.g., CO2, CH4, N2O).

Reports tab

The reports ‘package’ different topics. We have reports on:

  • Annual report = Overview for 1 year of data
  • Food report = Details of your food footprint, including the food weight by category and footprint by category. For more information, see
  • Commuting report = Table showing all of your commuting data in one place, including both data entry (e.g., populations, miles per trip) and emissions.
  • Second Nature report = Data points that will be transferred to the Second Nature Reporting Platform as part of the API. For more information, see
  • GRITS report = Data points that are used in the GRITS interface after you transfer your data over
  • Biogenic emission report = Biogenic emissions by category, and how the biogenic emissions relate to the net footprint. For more information, see
  • Campus comparison report (Tier 2 only) = Footprint comparison across all campuses by total footprint, categories, and scopes.

Export Data

On the Export data page, there are two options for downloading your data:

  • Export your data and EFs = This will download a zip folder containing csvs with all of the activity data you have entered, and all of the emission factors used in your calculations.
  • Export results = This will download a zip folder containing csvs with your footprint results organized by pollutant type (e.g., CO2, CH4) and category.

SIMAP graphs are now interactive!

The graphs on the results and reports tabs are now interactive and give you more options for viewing your data.
To view the options for a graph, first hover your mouse over the graph, and a row of tiles will appear in the top right corner. If you hover over a specific tile, it will tell you what it does.
Here is a summary of the icons you can use to interact with the graph:
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  • Download: You can download the graph as a png file by clicking on the camera icon
  • Edit: You can customize and edit the file in Chart Studio by clicking on the floppy disc icon
  • Zoom and pan: There are several options for zooming in and panning across the graph after you have zoomed in. To reset the graph after zooming, click on the ‘Autoscale’ or ‘Reset axes.’
  • Reset graph to original size: You can do this by clicking on either the ‘Autoscale’ or ‘Reset axes’ icons.
  • Toggle spike lines: This feature displays lines on the graph indicating the exact x-axis (year) and y-axis (footprint result) for a particular category. To use this feature, click the icon and then hover your mouse over the category of interest to view the toggle spike lines. To turn this feature off, just click the icon again.
  • Labels: There are two options for the types of data labels you can view when hovering over the chart. The default is ‘Show closest data on hover.’ This option displays a single label for the graph section your mouse is hovering over. The other option is ‘Compare data on hover.’ Clicking this icon will display all data labels for a year’s bar or line when you hover over it with your mouse.

Other features in the new graphs:

  • Displaying only specific categories: You can select and deselect the legend options to show only the ones you want to view. To do this, you can click on a legend item (e.g., ‘Food’). After you click on it, it will grey out and will no longer display on the graph. To reactive it, you simply click on it again to display it on the graph. You can select or deselect as many options as you want.
  • Displaying only one category: To view just a single category at a time, you can double-click it in the legend. To revert back to all categories, just double-click that same legend item again. Alternatively, you can deselect all other legend items to display just a single legend item at a time.

Additional information available on the plotly site:

Please let us know at if you have any questions or feedback on the graphs. Are there other features that would be useful in the graphs? Please let us know!