Submitted on February 9, 2011; last updated on February 9, 2011
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The energy infrastructure on the Bemidji Campus consists of steam for building heating and chilled water for building cooling. Electricity is provided by Ottertail Power Company. As is normal for college campuses there are exceptions to this generalization; however, they are minor. While the heating and electrical systems are adequate to meet the present needs of the campus, the chilled water system has performance problems.
In addition to what is often seen as the pragmatic nature of engineered systems, sustainable development and energy conservation are most likely realized through these systems by investing in them at a higher level to meet environmental goals in addition to their most basic functional goals. The University has a central plant, which offers the possibility of economy of scale when searching for renewable energy solutions and conservation opportunities. In the planning process we reviewed the possibility of using renewable energy such as wind turbines, photovoltaic solar photovoltaic, solar thermal biomass and geothermal systems. Each of these systems is more difficult to execute than existing systems and some present real challenges in a large community. Before entering into an analysis of renewable energy systems, it is best to survey the existing energy infrastructure and resources in the area to develop recommendations that maximize the value of existing systems and capitalize on local resources.
As a first step in making climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and/or educational experience, BSU conducted a survey which was distributed to all BSU faculty in the fall of 2010. This survey was designed to evaluate how well climate change and sustainability are addressed within the existing curriculum, extra-curricular activities and research as well as determining what would be the most effective strategies for integrating climate change and sustainability into future curriculum and research.
An existing component of this strategy is that Bemidji State University undergraduates are required to take a course entitled People and the Environment prior to graduating.
no current plans
The Sustainability Office continues to be a resource for the community. Many events are held on campus that are open to the community.
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