Comments, Visits, and Inquiries

Here’s what people are saying about our geothermal system:

“The geothermal plan seemed audacious when I first heard it. I knew there were hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the U.S. that used this technology, but I had never heard of a project on a large scale like this campus. I was not alone. In fact, no one knew of such an ambitious geothermal project because this is the first one of its type in the country and, perhaps, in the world.

“Over the years, this campus and the community of Muncie have committed themselves to energy security through a variety of projects from electric vehicles to architectural design. On my last visit to Ball State, I recognized this outstanding leadership by presenting these bold innovators with a Lugar Energy Patriot Award. The geothermal project demonstrates that your leadership is not confined to Muncie or to Indiana―it is global.”

Richard Lugar
U.S. Senator for Indiana

“I applaud the Ball State leadership for considering this alternative as a replacement for the existing coal-fired central heating and cooling plant. It demonstrates the recognition by the university to be a steward of our environment and energy resources.”

Richard Hayter
Former president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

“Seeing a geothermal project of this magnitude was very enjoyable and edifying. This project goes so far beyond just being notable and is a benchmark for the move toward sustainability and the long term objective of moving away from fossil fuels as much as possible for many reasons of which we are all aware. The far-sightedness shown by Ball State University and those involved is to be highly commended and will surely be a model for many years to come.”

Monique Riggs
Water Rights & Use
Division of Water
Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Visits and Inquiries

  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Dartmouth College
  • Stanford University
  • Notre Dame University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Iowa
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Colorado College
  • Slippery Rock University
  • Hampton University
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Indiana Office of Energy Development
  • Pratt Institute
  • Representatives of Isparta, Turkey (mayor, vice mayor, council member, chief architect, public relations for the city, and president of the Isparta Chamber of Commerce)
  • Oakland University
Division of Strategic Communications
West Quad (WQ), room 304
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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Phone: 765-285-1560
Fax: 765-285-5442