Ambitious geothermal project to make Oberlin a national leader in clean energy

By District Energy posted 04-20-2021 10:35


Oberlin Office of Communications


Oberlin College & Conservatory will take an important step toward carbon neutrality this summer as it launches a multi-year, campus-wide conversion to geothermal energy, positioning the institution as a national leader in clean energy.

The $140 million, four-year project will begin next month with the installation of new heating and cooling systems in South Campus buildings, and ultimately involve the drilling of about 1100 geothermal wells that will effectively heat and cool campus buildings. 

When complete, the project will bring Oberlin within reach of its ambitious goal to become carbon neutral—using education and behavior change strategies, efficiencies, and clean energy sources, to bring the institution’s net release of carbon dioxide to zero—by 2025.

“Obies care deeply about our collective impact on the environment,” said Meghan Riesterer, assistant vice president for campus energy and sustainability. “This is a collaborative solution developed by representatives from across our community, together with experts.”

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