Cornell’s Plans to Go Green
At Timothy Off, we’re big fans of using geothermal energy as a source of heating. In fact, we encourage homeowners in the West Chester area to consider a geothermal installation in order to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. After all, that’s what Cornell University is planning on doing. A recent article by Popular Mechanics (originally adapted from the Cornell Chronicle) explains the Ivy League school’s plan to heat its campus:
“Cornell University has unveiled plans to heat the university with geothermal energy, drilling deep into the earth to warm the buildings on their campus in upstate New York.
Harvesting geothermal energy involves tapping into the earth’s internal heat. This is a common practice in the western U.S. due to the abundance of mountains and volcanoes, but on the east coast, geothermal plants are more difficult to build and are thus rare.
Cornell’s project, called Earth Source Heat, will research technologies for employing geothermal heat on Cornell’s campus. The first phase of the project will span the next five years and will involve small-scale testing to heat a few campus buildings. The testing involves drilling a pair of wells that will reach down to a heat reservoir more than two miles below the surface. If these tests are successful, Cornell will expand the experiment to heat all the buildings on campus.