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Geothermal system dedicated March 20

Ball State University's geothermal project will be officially dedicated March 20 with a ceremony for the nation's largest ground source, closed loop district heating and cooling system. The first phase is now fully operational, and construction on Phase 2 has already begun.

Greening the campus from the top on down
As part of a strategic effort to incorporate environmentally conscious projects throughout campus, Ball State University has installed its first green roof on its newest building, the North District Energy Station, a component of the university’s geothermal system.

Geothermal project reaps award from statewide environmental advocate
The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) will recognize Ball State University as its 2010 Technology Innovator of the Year. In 2009, the university broke ground on a new ground-source geothermal district heating and cooling system that, once completed, will be the largest district system in the country.  

Eyes of the Nation - and the world - on Ball State as geothermal project moves ahead
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar's prediction that the nation and the world would be watching the progress of Ball State University's campuswide geothermal project is proving correct.

Sen. Lugar touts geothermal project to Foreign Relations Committee
Sen. Richard Lugar praised Ball State's geothermal project in his opening statement at the Foreign Relations Committee meeting.

Sen. Lugar leads off country's largest geothermal energy project
Construction of the country's largest geothermal heating and cooling system begins at a unique groundbreaking ceremony, with U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar doing the honors.

U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar's Ball State Commencement Speech
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar  (R-Ind.) delivered the following remarks at the Ball State University Commencement Ceremony on May 9, 2009. Lugar received an honorary doctor of laws at the 1986 Ball State Commencement and received the President’s Medal in 2009.

Energy project to start at senior senator’s command Commencement weekend
Construction of the country’s largest geothermal heating and cooling system is set to begin May 9, 2009. U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) will ceremonially control the drilling machine that will drive the first of 3,600 boreholes required by the project.

Going geothermal: University plans to install the largest system in the country 
Ball State University is poised to take a bold, new approach to meeting its campus heating and cooling needs through geothermal energy. During its regularly scheduled February 2009 meeting, the university’s Board of Trustees approved a proposal that sets in motion a phased replacement of the plant's four existing coal-fired stoker boilers through a complete transition of the university’s central heating and cooling system to one employing geothermal fields and energy centers to service 47 buildings on campus.

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