Innovative Ways to Cool the Campus

NWF   |   March 13, 2006

Cornell University’s Cayuga Lake cuts energy needs for cooling on campus by 86 percent and reduces annual greenhouse gas emissions by almost 37 tons annually. The physical plant pumps cold water from the bottom of the lake to a heat exchanger where it naturally cools water in a second, closed-loop system that cools equipment and buildings. The system curbs regional SO2, NOx, and CO2 pollution while reducing total campus electricity consumption and costs by 10 percent.

Contact the plant manager at: erw24@cornell.edu.

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