Earth Source Heat

Cornell University’s Innovative Transformation of Energy Systems

Cornell's campus is where our core educational mission and sustainability values converge. The campus is employed as a living laboratory where faculty, researchers, students and staff can create, test and implement a variety of sustainability solutions. These serve as opportunities for education and engagement on a scale that demonstrates if and how research innovations can be deployed for the benefit of the region, the nation or the world.

Earth Source Heat is Cornell's version of a geothermal system that would use the earth's internal heat to warm the Ithaca campus. The project is a research collaboration across several academic departments along with campus facilities staff, and it is a major component of the university's goal of achieving carbon neutrality.

Cornell is changing the future of energy, food, transportation and more.

Campus Partners

Renewable Energy

Jefferson Tester studies sustainable energy systems with a focus on geothermal and biomass energy research.

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Rick Burgess

FACILITIES AND CAMPUS SERVICES

Rick Burgess oversees campus energy facilities with a focus on incorporating innovation and sustainability into university services.

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ENERGY SYSTEMS

Lynden Archer studies polymers and nanomaterials for applications in electrochemical energy storage and energy systems.

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FACILITIES ENGINEERING

Steve Beyers is a civil and environmental engineer providing management support, including for geothermal and solar projects.

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Bert Bland

ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY

Robert "Bert" Bland is an engineer specializing in district energy systems, sustainability planning, and biomass energy.

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GEOPHYSICS AND SEISMOLOGY

Larry Brown studies geotectonics and applies seismic reflection methods to explore the continental lithosphere.

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ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Edwin "Todd" Cowen studies fluid mechanics, renewable energy and sustainability focused on environmental transport processes.

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Patrick Fulton

STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY

Patrick Fulton combines hydrogeology, thermal geophysics, and geomechanics to study heat and fluid in fault zones.

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FACILITIES ENGINEERING

Ole Gustafson is a geologist with experience in supporting and planning sustainable geothermal heating and cooling systems.

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ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Anthony Ingraffea specializes in the simulation and testing of engineered systems with a focus on sustainable technologies.

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Teresa Jordan

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Teresa Jordan studies geology with a focus on subsurface energy resources, including geothermal energy and shale properties..

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GEOPHYSICS

Matthew Pritchard studies geophysics, tectonics, and subsurface energy systems using satellite remote sensing.

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