The last time Carleton College made a major shift in its campus utilities was over 100 years ago with construction of the central plant in 1910. Before that, each individual building was heated by a coal furnace or fireplaces. Now the college is embarking on its utility plan for the next 100 years.

Our two wind turbines (installed in 2004 and 2011) have been a big help to our sustainability efforts, but we need to do more to reduce carbon emissions. Our Utility Master Plan furthers the concepts outlined in our 2011 Climate Action Plan which is the guiding document supporting our goal of making Carleton’s campus carbon free by the year 2050. Our new utility system will utilize four forms of renewable energy — wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and geothermal — and is flexible enough to take advantage of future advancements in renewable energy technologies.

When all phases of the Utility Master Plan are complete, Carleton’s plant emissions will be reduced by over 35 percent.

For more information about the Utility Master Plan, explore this website and watch this webinar from Martha Larson, the project manager for the UMP. 

Drilling Progress

  • Bell Field: 95 of 95 horizontal bores complete (Summer 2017)
  • Mini Bald Spot: 77 of 77 vertical bores complete (Summer 2017)
  • Bald Spot: 134 of 134 vertical bores complete (Summer 2018)