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There are 6 comments on Historic, and Loud, Geothermal Drilling Gets Underway

  1. What is the cost difference between geothermal and gas /oil heating/cooling
    What about cost of maintenance
    Will BU students be involved in testing,construction
    and maintaining system
    Would be good learning experience not
    just for engineering students but liberal arts students. Students learn better when they can actually see and participate in energy projects. Incorporate this project in some of the CAS courses Could also get the business students involved. Students should be involved in many BU projects as part of their education

    1. There are three major recommendations in BU’s Climate Action Plan see for the University to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040: 1) reduce demand by 31% by 2032 including growth, 2) buy renewable energy for 100% see of our electricity demand, and 3) shift from natural gas and oil to air and ground source heat pumps (AKA geothermal) to reduce the need to burn fossil fuels on campus. Regarding costs, the team is doing the analysis and the testing currently underway will inform that analysis.
      Another recommendation of the Climate Action Plan is to use the campus as a “living laboratory” for climate change and sustainability. We are developing that program. This project provides an important opportunity and we have a student is currently involved with the process.

  2. While this is a neat project, why does BU always take away parking spaces? Why can’t this building include a parking garage? By removing parking options on campus and restricting cash lots and commuter lots to ends of the multi-mile-long campus, BU is making it harder for people who drive in rather than take the T.

    1. “BU is making it harder for people who drive in rather than take the T.” That is the intention and goal. You appear to be one of those who favor action against climate change as long as it doesn’t affect you.

    2. BU loves to earn brownie points by removing parking. Unfortunately they have never invested enough into alternative transportation (public transit, bike infrastructure) to offset that loss of parking.

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