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In the News

University Marketing and Communications have secured more than 1,200 placements with national media outlets focusing on the university’s geothermal project since May 2009. Several of the stories originated with one media outlet but were distributed nationally by The Associate Press and other news services.

Breakdown by Academic Years

2008–09: 20
2009–10: 982
2010–11: 32
2011–12: 170
Total: 1,204

Here is a sampling of who’s talking about our sustainability efforts:

WNDU-TV (March 2014): "New geothermal boilers being installed at Ball State"

Indianapolis Business Journal (March 2014): "Ball State Prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers" 

WTHR (March 2014): "Ball State Prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers" 

The Indianapolis Business Journal (March 2014): "Ball State Prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers"

The Republic (March 2014): "Ball State University ready to idle coal-fired boilers dating to 1940s for geothermal switch"

The Pendleton Times-Post (March 2014): "Ball State University ready to idle coal-fired boilers dating to 1940s for geothermal switch" 

The (Seymour) Tribune ​(March 2014): "Ball State University ready to idle coal-fired boilers dating to 1940s for geothermal" 

Lansing (Mich.) State-Journal (March 2014): "Ball State Prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers" 

The (Oklahoma City) Daily Oklahoman (March 2014): "Ball State Prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers" 

Marco Island (FL) Sun Times (March 2014): "Ball State prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers" 

The (Eugene, OR) Register Guard (March 2014): "Ball State University ready to idle coal-fired boilers dating to 1940s for geothermal switch"  

The Springfield (OH) News Sun (March 2014): "Ball State prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers" 

The Dayton Daily News (March 2014): "Ball State prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers" 

WANE (March 2014): "Ball State ditching coal for geothermal" 

USA Today (April 21, 2012): "'Green' Schools that go Beyond Basics"

The New York Times blog (February 9, 2012): "Finding Energy Advantages Six Feet Under"

The New York Times (May 29, 2009): "How a Pioneering University Hopes to Cut Its Carbon Footprint in Half"

The New York Times (November 9, 2009): "Universities Look for Heat Underground"

CNBC (November 1, 2011) “EnLink Wins $3.8 Million Award to Build Part of Largest U.S. Geothermal Heat Pump System at Ball State University” 

All Things Considered, National Public Radio (December 4, 2009): "University to Use Earth's Temps to Heat Its Buildings"

The Christian Science Monitor (July 30, 2009): "College Blows Off Steam To Help Power Campus"

The Chronicle of Higher Education (July 2012): "How College Leaders Can Bring Sustainability to Campuses"

The Chronicle of Higher Education (January 10, 2010): "Coal-Burning Campuses Face Increased Pressure to Find Alternative Fuels"

The Chronicle of Higher Education (May 4, 2009): "Ball State U. to Install Nation's Largest Geothermal System"

Sierra Club (January 13, 2012): "Getting the Ball Rolling With Geothermal Energy"

Sierra Club (September 2011): "Breaking Coal's Grip on Our Future: Moving Campuses Beyond Coal"

Climate Wire (March 20, 2012): "Ball State Has Plans to Graduate to Cleaner Technology"

Fast Company's Co.Exist (January 12, 2012) "A University Heated by Country's Largest Geothermal System"

U.S. Department of Energy, Energy.gov (March 19, 2010): "Ball State Building Massive Geothermal System"

San Francisco Chronicle (March 23, 2011): "Pour-in-Place Insulation

Ideal Solution for Ball State's Underground Piping in Nation's Largest Geothermal Project"

Physics Today (February 8, 2010): "An Academic Approach to Geothermal Energy" 

Contacting Business (March 7, 2012) "Ball State University Geothermal Project Enters Final Phase"

Sustainable Business (March 8, 2012): "Ball State University Converts from Coal to Geothermal"

Contractor.com (December 5, 2011) "Ball State University's Geothermal System will be Largest in the U.S."

Midwest Energy News (February 7, 2012): "Universities Become Natural Leaders in Renewable Energy"

Water Well Journal (November 1, 2011) “Groundwater Issues in the United States” 

Environmental Expert.com (November 1, 2011) “EnLink Wins $3.8 Million Award to Build Part of Largest U.S. Geothermal Heat Pump System at Ball State University” 

Following Fossil Fuels (January 30, 2012): "Turning Cold To Hot And Vice Versa"

Earth Techling (January 13, 2012): "Getting the Ball Rolling With Geothermal Energy"

Energy Digger (February 9, 2012) "Finding Energy Advantages Six Feet Under" 

The Energy Collective (February 7, 2012): "Universities Become Natural Leaders in Renewable Energy"

Think Progress (February 23, 2012) Construction of the Largest U.S. Geothermal Heat Pump System Underway

PR Web (February 28, 2011): "Report: Campuses Tapping Into Benefits of Geothermal Energy, Cutting Costs"

Inside Climate News (August 20, 2009): "US Universities Aim for Carbon Neutral Campuses"

Columbia Daily Tribune (August 22, 2009): "Efficiency First"

Sustainable Business (March 22, 2011): "Report Documents Geothermal on U.S. Campuses"

Inside Climate News (September 28, 2009): "Students Prep for National Day of Action Calling for End to Campus Coal"

eNews Leak (February 23, 2012) "Construction of the Largest U.S. Geothermal Heat Pump System Underway" 

Kentucky Kernel (March 2, 2010): "Long-term Outlook Needed with Coal"

Michigan State News (February 7, 2010): "MSU Can't Afford to Continue Burning Coal"

The Daily Egyptian (Carbondale, Illnois) (March 4, 2012) "Citizens Discuss Environmental Issues"

Colleges and Careers (March 4, 2012) "The Green Campus Revolution"

The Michigan Messenger (November 30, 2010): "Students Ask MSU to End Coal Power"

Bloomberg Business Week (July 29, 2010): "Activists Appeal Purdue Coal Power Unit Permit"

Smart Planet (March 31, 2011): "Universities Use the Earth to Turn Up (and Down) the Heat"

Kentucky Kernal (February 22, 2012) "Aging UK Coal Boilers Holding Campus Back"

Lexington Herald-Ledger (January 11, 2012): "Sierra Club Sponsoring Kentucky Basketball Game"

The Cavalier Daily (November 14, 2011): "Data Mining for Solutions"

People Planet Profit (February 23, 2012) "Construction of the Largest U.S. Geothermal Heat Pump System Underway"

Lexington Herald-Ledger (October 26, 2011) “Group Asks UK to Stop Using Coal-Fired Boilers for Heat”

Lexington Herald-Ledger (October 27, 2011) "New Dorms Should Showcase Sustainability"

Public News Service (October 28, 2011): "University of KY Students to Campus Chiefs: Shut Down Coal Boilers"

Ecogeek (March 7) "Largest Geothermal Project in the U.S."

Digital Construction (February 2, 2012) "Geothermal System to Heat/Cool Ball State University"

North American Clean Energy (January 27, 2012) "Ball State Starts Final Phase of Creating Nation's Largest Geothermal System"

The Atlantic Cities (January 9, 2012) "A College Campus Offers a Glimpse of a Geothermal Future"

ENR.com, Engineering News-Record (January 5, 2012) "Ball State Reworks Campus Heating and Cooling System"

Kentucky.com (October 26, 2011) “Group Asks UK to Stop Using Coal-Fired Boilers for Heat”

WFYI-TV (PBS), Indianapolis: "Indiana Expeditions"

Reuters (November 11, 2010): "College Campuses Continue to Leave Coal Behind"

Building Indiana (May-June 2010): "Geo U"

Green Business Quarterly (January-February 2010): "Ball State University Breaking Records as the First University to Install an On-Campus Geothermal System" (PDF)

Indiana Public Radio (November 24, 2009): "Going Geothermal, Part I"

Indiana Public Radio (November 25, 2009): "Going Geothermal, Part II"

Sustainable Business (May 12, 2009): "Ball State Breaks Ground on Nation's Largest Geothermal System"

From: Brown To: Green (February 2009): "Ball State University Going Geothermal to Slash Their Carbon Footprint in Half"

WISH-TV (CBS), Indianapolis (February 8, 2009): "BSU OKs $66 million geothermal project"

WTHR-TV (NBC), Indianapolis (February 7, 2009): "Ball State OKs $66M geothermal project"

U.S. Senator Richard D. Lugar's website (March 20, 2012): "Senator Lugar Congratulates Ball State University on Dedication of Geothermal Project"

Indianapolis Star (August 2012): "Geothermal technology at Greenwood's Endress+Hauser will provide long-term payoff "

Indianapolis Star (March 20, 2012): "Ball State Nearer to Drawing Energy from Beneath Campus"

Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (March 21, 2012): "Green Step Saves Green for Ball State"

Scientific American, (March 20, 2012): "How Ball State Will Get Its Heating and Cooling from Underground"

U.S. Department of Energy News (March 20, 2012): "Ball State University Completes Nation's Largest Ground-Source Geothermal System with Support from Recovery Act"

Nano Patents and Innovations (March 20, 2012): "Nation's Largest Ground-Source Geothermal System Completed"

American School and University (March 21, 2012): "Ball State University Dedicated Geothermal System"

Building Green (March 23, 2012): "Ball State Installs Largest (And Most Educational) Ground-Source System in U.S."

Independent Green Technologies (March 20, 2012): "Ball State Anticipates Saving $2 Million Annually with Geothermal"

All Voices (March 20, 2012): "Ball State Nearer to Drawing Energy from Beneath Campus"

Chicago Construction Law blog (April 4, 2012): "Ball State University Replaces Coal Fired Boilers with Geothermal Energy"

Examiner (April 4, 2012): "Ball State University Replaces Coal Boilers with Geothermal Energy"

U.S. Department of Energy (April 4, 2012): "Ball State Completes Largest U.S. Ground-Source Geothermal System"

RPA Energy (April 4, 2012): "Ball State Completes Largest U.S. Ground-Source Geothermal System"

Marcacci Communications (April 2, 2012): "Ball State Dedicates Largest Closed-Loop Geothermal System in America"

National Driller (April 2, 2012): "Exceptional Geothermal Project"

International District Energy Association (April 2012): "Ball State Geothermal System Dedicated"

Energy.gov (April 25, 2012): "A Technology Breakthrough for Geothermal"

Domestic Fuel (May 3, 2012): "Ball State Completes A Hot Geothermal Project"

College Planning & Management (May 2012): "The Geothermal Campus: Revolutionary and Responsible"

RSES (May 2012): "Ball State Starts Final Phase of Creating Nation's Largest Geothermal System"

One News Page (July 2012): "Geothermal Project Will Cut University Carbon Footprint in Half"

PennEnergy (July 2012): "Geothermal Project Will Cut University Carbon Footprint in Half"

Enviro Dad (July 2012): "Ball State University Building Largest Geothermal System in America" 

Power Engineering (July 2012): "Phase 2 Begins at University's Geothermal Power Plant Conversion"

Today's Energy Solutions (July 2012): "Ball State University Starts Phase 2"

Elite TV (July 2012): "Ball State Breaks Ground on Final Phase of the Nation’s Largest Geothermal Project"

News on Green (July 2012): "Ball State Breaks Ground on Final Phase of the Nation's Largest Geothermal"

The Alternative Energy Magazine (July 2012): "Ball State starts final phase of creating nation's largest geothermal system"

Triple Pundit (July 2012): "Ball State Breaks Ground on Final Phase of the Nation’s Largest Geothermal Project"

Indiana Living Green (August 2012): "Ball State University geothermal blazes a new trail"

Electrical News (August 2012): "Ball State Starts Final Phase of Creating Nation’s Largest Geothermal System"

Midwest Energy News (August 2012): "Midwest Energy News: Regulators give Enbridge OK to restart Wisconsin pipeline"

Green Conduct (August 2012): "Ball State Is Building The Largest Geothermal System In The US"

Renewable Energy World blog (September 27, 2012): Renewable U: College Campuses Invest in Renewable Energy

Huffington Post (October 25, 2012): Transforming Our Energy System: Making Progress, Much More Needs to be Done

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