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Published on August 7th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Oregon Tech To Be Powered Entirely By Geothermal Energy



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College students are demanding sustainability efforts in their schools, and now universities are stepping up to the plate. This past Tuesday, the Oregon Institute of Technology outlined a plan to build a $7.6 million geothermal power plant on campus. The plant will become the sole power source for the school in a few years, making Oregon Tech the only university to be powered completely by geothermal energy.

Since Klamath Falls, the home of Oregon Tech, sits near a fault line, heat and energy can be easily taken out of the earth.

And Oregon Tech isn’t the only institution to take advantage of the abundant geothermal energy in the area.

The city of Klamath Falls operates a geothermal heating utility, using the energy to heat buildings, melt snow on the streets, and more. Raser Technologies, a company located in the city, has plans to build a geothermal plant in the city, and is looking into developing surrounding areas as well.

With Florida Gulf Coast University’s giant solar array recently in the news—and now Oregon Tech’s geothermal project—maybe we’ll be seeing some of the biggest renewable energy projects coming out of universities in the near future.

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



  • http://www.partnerwithgreen.com Go Green

    Great post!

    The movement toward energy independence is gaining more traction. Given the present landscape, a sense of urgency is leading us to implement the technology we have with the natural resources in our own communities. We hope this sense of urgency becomes a habit, and our nation will become the leader in the Green Revolution.

    Words have the ability to inspire actions, but actions speak louder than words. Go Green!

  • http://www.partnerwithgreen.com Go Green

    Great post!

    The movement toward energy independence is gaining more traction. Given the present landscape, a sense of urgency is leading us to implement the technology we have with the natural resources in our own communities. We hope this sense of urgency becomes a habit, and our nation will become the leader in the Green Revolution.

    Words have the ability to inspire actions, but actions speak louder than words. Go Green!

  • zeeol

    Big oil really blew it by allowing fuel to go so high in the recent runup (if they’re not just plain running out of cheep supply). I bet they could have milked the US for under $100 a barrel oil for quite a few more years.

  • Jim McDosh

    Whoah am I really seing that. Wow that is amazing.

    JT

    http://www.FireMe.to/udi

  • Jim McDosh

    Whoah am I really seing that. Wow that is amazing.

    JT

    http://www.FireMe.to/udi

  • Tyler

    I went to school at OIT back in 2003. The sidewalks have the ice melted off them by heat pipes that are built in, and the heaters in the dorm rooms are thermal powered already. By the way, that waterfall you see in the picture freezes up and that entire area becomes a slippery ice hazzard… I used to take cafeteria trays outside and put them under my car’s back wheels, put the e-brake on and slide around haha. OIT FTW!

  • Tyler

    I went to school at OIT back in 2003. The sidewalks have the ice melted off them by heat pipes that are built in, and the heaters in the dorm rooms are thermal powered already. By the way, that waterfall you see in the picture freezes up and that entire area becomes a slippery ice hazzard… I used to take cafeteria trays outside and put them under my car’s back wheels, put the e-brake on and slide around haha. OIT FTW!

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  • CalU

    California University of PA is using a geothermal system in there dorms

    http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/07/31/dorms

  • CalU

    California University of PA is using a geothermal system in there dorms

    http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/07/31/dorms

  • http://www.cleanerairforcities.blogspot.com WillG

    Great story! I hope that they include green roofs in their sustainability projects. Green roofs reduce storm water runoff, CO2, fine particulate matter pollution, and the urban heat island effect.

    I read an article about Northern Arizona University using a green roof. The title was: “LEED with Green Roofs” found here http://cleanerairforcities.blogspot.com/search/label/Northern%20Arizona%20University

    Good luck and great project!

  • http://www.cleanerairforcities.blogspot.com WillG

    Great story! I hope that they include green roofs in their sustainability projects. Green roofs reduce storm water runoff, CO2, fine particulate matter pollution, and the urban heat island effect.

    I read an article about Northern Arizona University using a green roof. The title was: “LEED with Green Roofs” found here http://cleanerairforcities.blogspot.com/search/label/Northern%20Arizona%20University

    Good luck and great project!

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  • zeeol

    Big oil really blew it by allowing fuel to go so high in the recent runup (if they’re not just plain running out of cheep supply). I bet they could have milked the US for under $100 a barrel oil for quite a few more years.

  • http://www.oit.edu Jessica Slover

    I’ve never been more proud to be an Oregon Tech alumna!

  • http://www.oit.edu Jessica Slover

    I’ve never been more proud to be an Oregon Tech alumna!

  • Ariel Schwartz

    Mahesh – great post! Thanks for linking.

  • http://biophilessurf.info Mahesh Basantani

    The first fossil fuel free community in the USA also utilizes geothermal energy to meet a part of its energy demands.

    http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/07/geos-the-us-first-fossil-fuel-free-community/

  • http://biophilessurf.info Mahesh Basantani

    The first fossil fuel free community in the USA also utilizes geothermal energy to meet a part of its energy demands.

    http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/07/geos-the-us-first-fossil-fuel-free-community/

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