Ball State officially dedicated the first phase of its new geothermal system - the nation's largest ground source heating and cooling system.
The geothermal system will extract heat from the ground during the winter and put heat into the ground during the summer to help heat and cool buildings on campus..
When fully operational, the new system will save the university $2 million in annual operating costs, and facilitate the shut down its coal-fired boilers that burn 36,000 tons of coal a year, emitting 85,000 tons a year of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. This investment in clean energy will reduce the university's carbon footprint by about half.
Way to go, Ball State!! The geothermal project has received kudos from U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter and students from Indiana and Purdue universities.