|Submission Date||Jan. 31, 2011|
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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UIC has installed 224 solar panels on campus, most notably the ones on top of UIC's first LEED Gold certified building, Lincoln Hall.
A geothermal well system is used for heating and cooling two "green" buildings currently. This will expand to three in Fall 2011, two of which will be LEED certified. A geothermal heat pump is a central heating and cooling system that uses the earth as a heat source. This design takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce the operational costs of heating and cooling systems.
Utility Operations runs its own power plants on the UIC campus. Cogeneration is the simultaneous production of heat and power in a single thermodynamic process. Instead of discarding the heat produced by the power production process, it is captured and used to provide space heating and hot water heating, thus eliminating the added expense of burning fuels for the sole purpose of space heating. On the east side the plant can co-generate the production of high-temperature hot water with electricity. The west side plant can co-generate steam with electricity. These plants run primarily on natural gas which is cleaner than coal and fuel oil when considering hazardous air pollutants and carbon dioxide. When operated under certain conditions, cogeneration can be beneficial and helps lower the emission of carbon and sulfur dioxide pollutants into the air.
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