Glen Helen’s geothermal plan
- Published: January 6, 2011
Construction is under way on the new geothermal heating system for the Glen Helen Building and the Trailside Museum. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (whew!) issued a sizable grant of about $290,000 to Antioch College, amongst other Ohio schools, for environmental education projects.
The closed loop geothermal heating and cooling system will replace the old furnace systems in the buildings. Scientists view geothermal heating as sustainable because the amount of heat used is minuscule compared to the total potential heat stored in the Earth. Its emission intensity (the rate at which it emits pollutants) is also very small compared to conventional fossil fuels such as coal.