Going Geothermal

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True to our tradition of innovation, Ball State continues to be revolutionary and responsible. We are creating the nation’s largest ground-source, closed-loop district geothermal energy system,  benefiting both the economy and the environment.

Water heated by the Earth began flowing through a new geothermal district heating and cooling system in spring 2012. This portion of the geothermal conversion allows Ball State to reduce its reliance on four aging coal-fired boilers. The project provides several hundred contractors and suppliers employment and an opportunity for an estimated 2,300 direct and indirect jobs, according to a study conducted by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

When the system is fully operational, the university will be able to shut down the boilers, thereby cutting the campus carbon footprint nearly in half. The system will heat and cool 47 buildings and result in $2 million in annual savings.